Fan Wars – one workout environment does not fit all.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This is a tale of two gyms. Usually I visit my little gym with limited equipment and fans that serve one or two machines. If I get there first, I turn on the fan. If there’s someone next to me working out already, I ask if they mind if I turn on the fan and abide by their wishes. When they leave, I turn MY fan on.
Then there’s the large gym in town that I visit occasionally. It has a lot of equipment and fans in the ceiling all on the same circuit. That is an unfortunately poor design.
The weather was extremely cold so I arrived at the big gym determined to duplicate my planned outdoor 5 miles. All was going well. I was working hard but eventually it became labored. I was extremely hot and very, very sweaty. Was I having a cardiac event? Fortunately not. The fans had been turned off. There was literally NO air circulation.
When I inquired about the reason, I was told that a woman had requested it. The woman had just begun walking on the treadmill right next to me. I asked her if she would mind if the fans remained on for another 15 minutes until I finished running. Yes, she did mind since she didn’t like to walk in a “draft.”
Did she have a jacket or sweatshirt with her? No.
I’m not a regular at that gym so I assumed that her preference trumped mine and I didn’t make an issue of it. I just stripped off my shirt and ran in my bra, ignoring her disapproving glances. Not a perfect solution, but it got the job done.