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Gym story - Couldn't get mad at this one!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

So I was at the gym yesterday and was ready to do my squats when I saw that some lovely duck had left 80kg worth of weight on the squat bar AND had left it in the lower rung (were probably doing deadlifts?). So instead of just taking off what I needed to to get to the weight I wanted I had to unload all 80kg (4x20kg), move the bar, then load 60kg on. All before I could even get started. So I was doing my thing, taking the weights off, when an older man in his 60's came up and said, "Are you alright with those 20kg plates, miss?". How sweet and gentlemanly is that? I told him I was fine and it wasn't a problem, and then he told me that he was complaining to the manager because the girls shouldn't have to put away the weights, the boys should have offered to do it for me and, more importantly, people should put their weights away when they have finished! Now the feminist in me wanted to say that girls can take care of themselves, but I didn't say that. I could tell this guy was old school, and that he was genuinely concerned about what was happening. It was really very sweet.

And he did complain to management (the gym was in a shambles so it was good) and within minutes there was everyone who worked there in the gym tidying it up. We ended up having a chat after, and I told him that I just tell the messy boys to clean up if I see them leaving their weights away. After all, I give instructions to children as a living, and I have no problem with using the Miss Bubble voice in the gym if I need to!
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JANETTEB553 4/10/2013 7:40PM

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ANASARI 4/10/2013 6:35PM

    I am really glad you were gracious about his antiquated notions; it must be hard for him, living and trying to interact in a world so much different from when he was a younger man. I bet he really appreciated not being told off for wanting to be solicitous, too, because I am sure it sometimes happens, poor fellow! Kudos to you, and thanks for sharing this post; it made me smile!
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JSTETSER 4/10/2013 5:48AM

    Use the Miss Bubble voice! I love it!

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LIVEDAILY 4/9/2013 10:03PM

    That really was very nice of him....many men wouldn't even ask. And he was right, everyone needs to police their equipment after they use it. That's the fair thing to do for everyone in the gym. It's like wiping down the equipment after you use it. Common sense, right? My gym has signs posted everywhere...everywhere!! And you know, there are still yutzes who don't do it. I've seen it. I've got into the habit of wiping down BEFORE and after I use a piece of equipment. When you use your Miss Bubble voice, do you give them the Miss Bubble look too??
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SAMBIDEXTROUS 4/9/2013 9:37PM

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CATLADY52 4/9/2013 5:53PM

    He sounds like a nice gentleman, although a little too protective of the 'frailer' sex. emoticon

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APED7969 4/9/2013 5:11PM

    That's really nice of him. Amazing how a different intention and tone behind an action can make for a different reaction from our inner feminists :-)

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/9/2013 5:03PM

    Aww, how sweet and kinda chivalrous! If more guys were like that, the weight room wouldn't be such a pain in the butt.

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LYNSEY723 4/9/2013 3:43PM

    So cute for him to watch out for you!!

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