Let's be honest... I go to the gym in the middle of the night because I like having the place to myself, or at least mostly to myself. Another person or two is fine, because usually the folks who are there past midnight are completely focused in on their workouts, so no big deal. I mean... really. I gave up a free gym membership and free personal training so I could get my head right again, and go back to having ME time.
So I pull up in the parking lot, and there are two vehicles, one of which I know belongs to a chubby guy who's there nearly every night, about the same time. I'm pretty sure he's there for the same reason I'm there-- he doesn't want to work out with a bunch of people around.
I go inside, and discover that in addition to chubby guy, there are THREE chicks there. One of them is on my elliptical. (My current gym has three elliptical machines, which I have named Angelina, Beatriz, and Calista. Beatriz is the only one that can be trusted to work reliably. Angelina may or may not work, and Calista... you'll get halfway through your workout, and bitch just turns herself off. Oops, there goes your mileage and time!)
So... no elliptical. Oh well. I pick out a treadmill and put it on the Glute Blaster program, and get to it. I'm thinking these kids (because all three appear to be teenagers... though I'd guess the smallest one might have actually been middle school aged) will leave fairly soon... oh no. They dart around from machine to machine, not really working out, just playing on the equipment. I've got my treadmill set for an hour, and I'm really thinking by the time I'm done, they'll be gone, and I'll go do abs and back... but no! Next thing I know, they've gone over and started the coffee maker. And, of course, are still darting around, playing on the cardio equipment, playing on the weight machines, going in the aerobics studio, the circuit training area... you name it, they went there.
So I left after I finished my 60 minutes on the treadmill.
And I resisted the urge to call the police and inquire about the curfew policy.
(cross-posted from tumblr)