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I got a couple I have to share. Maybe these guys know something I don't?
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Older woman on the treadmill. Power walker. Except... She walks way up at the front of the belt holding onto the rail. Her feet are kinda in front of her center of gravity so she's leaning backwards the whole time. Just looks wrong.</li>
<li>Middle-aged guy rides the recumbent Life Cycle bike several times a week. Always shows up with the Boston Herald in hand. Hops o the bike and does maybe 20 minutes of grinding away at maybe 40-50 rpm at what appears to be high resistance from the way he pedals. I gather this is the warm up. The he lowers his paper and busts out about 20 seconds at maybe 120-130 rpm - just crankin'! Now it's maybe 20 minutes of "intervals" - maybe 5 minutes of the low RPM cranking followed by 20 seconds of screaming cranks and repeat. Always startles me when he accelerates.</li>
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3. Middle-aged woman gets on elliptical machine, sets it to what I presume must be zero resistance, and gets that thing going to at least 120+ rpm for 30 min, managing to work up a light sweat by the end. WTH?
 

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I've seen a few of those power walkers who hold on to the console, and lean backwards a bit. Strange.<br><br>
There's a guy who sits on the machines, leans against the seat... and often falls asleep. His hands would still hold the bars or handles or whatever, but his head drops to his chest. Once he was laying down on the hamstring curl machine, and must've been asleep for half an hour.<br><br>
Another guy, very good racquetball player, stays on the couch by the courts and watches TV, especially Antique Roadshow. He stays for 2-3 hours, and only plays for no more than half an hour.
 

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I saw someone jogging on the treadmill this week, holding on to the handrails. It looked like he was supporting a good amount of weight at well.<br><br><br>
Speaking of the gym, I find nothing worse than the old naked guys who feel it necessary to talk to you in the locker room. If you want to talk, get dressed first!!!
 

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There's a woman who's been doing the Stairmaster for at least 15 years* by cranking up the speed and hyperextending her elbows while she holds onto the handrails for dear life. She literally holds her entire body weight in her arms and shoulders. Then she tries to read a book while she's on the Stairmaster. When she has to turn the page, she leans all her body weight into the left side of the machine so she can take her right hand off the bar to turn the page.<br><br>
*not consecutively <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Some people ride the spin bikes and every 5-10 minutes get up and run around the track a few times and hop back on the bike. I think they have ADD. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Frequently, my weight trainer lady will have me try new things....that I'm sure don't look "normal."<br><br>
I think she does this for entertainment purposes when she has a boring day.<br>
SHE says she does it 'cause I'll try things that other clients of hers won't try first....and that I can usually do stuff that others can't (cause I'm too stoopid to know that I shouldn't try to do an exercise that she's dubbed "kill the cockroaches!"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">.<br><br>
I might be the ones that y'all are lookin' at in your gyms!
 

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A week or so ago I'm on the dreadmill at the gym. Older gentleman with ankle weights gets onto to the machine next to me, turns on his machine to a very slow pace, faces me and proceeds to walk *sideways* on his dreadmill. Besides the fact that this was just stupid looking, he creeped me out because he looking at me during his workout for the next 10 minutes. I have plenty of personal space issues on my own, I don't need that. He then turned around and did the other side for 10 minutes.<br><br>
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My PT/rehab guy had me do sideways and backward walking for my ankle rehab....he said they also do it for post-op ankle/foot/knee patients as well.<br>
Try it some time....it kills your "side glutes" till you're used to it.
 

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For me the pool seems to attract stranger workouts than the gym. There’s an old man…in his 70s…that gets in and takes up an entire lane floating/drifting on his back and doing something akin to making snow angles. Then there is the yahoo that gets in a lane with three or more people circle swimming. He doesn’t realize the circle swimming coordination and just takes off willy-nilly until he rams another swimmer. But there’s a common frequent activity in this pool that is hardly even noticed yet most of you would probably find strange. The pool I workout in is on a Navy base. Guys who are in training to test for acceptance into Navy SEAL training workout at this pool. One of the qualifications they get tested on is swimming underwater with their ankles tied together and their hands tied behind their back. They swim lengths of the pool underwater in an undulating fashion, flutter kicking like a dolphin.<br><br>
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I do that! It's a killer!<br><br>
Bike 15 minutes, run 1 fast mile, bike another 15-20 minutes, run another mile, bike again, run 1 more mile, keel over. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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When the weather warms up ALL my athletes will be doing that. FOR HOURS. HA, I love it.<br><br>
The sideways walk is really a great drill. it can also eliminate a sore hip and loosen a tight ITB. The ITB attaches at the hip, so sideways walking stretches it, if you go SLOW.<br><br>
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1) Treadmill - I always seem to catch one person every couple of weeks who will get in this warmup on the treadmill: crank it up immediately to a speed where they can barely keep up & are breathless in a minute or two, then stop and head over to the weights.<br><br>
2) The "Hey, Babe, Look How At How Much <b>I</b> Can Lift" Workout - there's a shoulder press machine at one of the gym branches I go to that is ridiculously out of calibration. Most people of average strength could take the whole stack (which supposedly tops out at about 300 lb) and press it easily over their head.<br><br>
Frankly, I want to know where my REAL current strength is at and I don't bother with the machine, but there are folks who will keep using this thing continually I'm guessing for the ego boost, if nothing else.<br><br>
3) Pool - there's this older lady at one of the pools I swim at now that does what I call the snow angel workout - she'll take a dumbbell in each hand, lay on her back, and then flap her arms like she's doing a snow angel, which gets her down the lane at a very leisurely clip. With this being a narrow three lane pool, there's no chance of even pool walkers getting by her when she's getting in a workout.
 

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When it gets warmer? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> I do it when the weather is bad enough to keep me inside. Am I doing it wrong?
 

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I've got one...there's a woman I see at the Y, she does a very slow jog on the track, all the while reading a book. <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">
 

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Everyone doesn't have access to a gym that has a cycle and a TM, but everyone has access to outside. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Vary your times and resistance too.<br><br>
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I have the same guy at my gym. Not only does he take a whole lane, but the center lane. <img alt="mad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/mad.gif"><br><br>
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Thanks, CS. Makes perfect sense now.<br><br>
A woman tried to read a magazine in my Spinning class one night. I got off my bike and asked her quietly to put it away. She very sincerely looked at me and asked, "But why?" Ummm, because <span style="font-size:medium;">if you're in my class</span> <span style="font-size:large;">taking a bike away from someone else who got turned away</span> <span style="font-size:x-large;">you will do my workout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</span>
 
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