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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.
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    great job way to go what was the colour of the bra?
    1940 days ago
    What a unique way of getting your point across (ha!). I've GOT to have some air movement when I'm working out...
    1943 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Haha. Good for you. Good grief, what the hey. When you first go into any gym, I'm usually freezing my arse off. I don't complain, because I know I am going to be warm and glad for the cold very soon. I've never heard of a gym catering to someone that is too cold before they even work out. Let alone, pay any attention to one person. Oh well, good thing you use the little gym most of the time. Did you wanna slug her?
    1945 days ago
    I love your solution!! the YMCA near me used to have treadmills that had fans in the console, I thought that was GREAT! When they "modernized" the cardio equipment and replaced those treadmills with a model that did not have fans, I was bummed! Then again, I prefer to run outside so my vote shouldn't count for much.
    1945 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2013 3:58:48 PM
  • _RAEVEN_
    Good for you. You didn't give up that last 15 minutes. You made the best of a bad situation, pushed on and managed to aggravate someone all at the same time.
    Sounds like a great time to me. emoticon
    1945 days ago
  • DONNA5281
    1945 days ago
    Good for you!
    1945 days ago
    Ugh, we have a man like that at my gym at work. When I do choose to use the treadmill instead of walking outside, I pick the one in the back corner and turn on the fan in that corner. The man walks in to ride the recumbent bike in the far diagonal corner, but stops to turn off my fan without asking and then changes the channel on one of the TVs without bothering to ask if anyone is watching that program. He is one reason I try to walk outside even if it means the 2-mile parking garage circuit.
    1945 days ago
  • DR1939
    We had similar issues at the cardiac rehab I attended after my stents. There were only three of us but we had to share fans. We worked it out so that the two who liked fans worked out in the same area at the same time. That's much easier to do when you know the people well.

    Forty years ago I had neck surgery and was in a hospital for two weeks. It was the hottest two weeks of the year in Cleveland--in the upper 90s. The rooms had individual air conditioners, no fans, and I was in a double room. The woman by the window had arthritis and would not turn on the air conditioner. I was in a neck brace. The nurses finally found a fan to blow directly on me. She was not too happy about that because the air movement disturbed her. The day she left was a day of rejoicing.
    1945 days ago
    So, um. What color was the bra? Just askin'
    1945 days ago
    1945 days ago
    It seems to me that the person who is cold can always put on another layer. There is a limit to what you can take off.

    Only at the Y have I ever encountered this problem. At my old gym, never. Maybe there were fewer old people. It's usually the elderly who are moving (but not breaking a sweat) who want the fans off.
    1945 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    That is so frustrating! I despise "over hot" gyms. I admire your solution! emoticon
    1945 days ago
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