I am in general a pretty outgoing person, easily make friends, etc. Put me in almost any context and I can strike up and carry on a conversation. It just comes pretty natural to me.
However I have been a member of my gym now for over 8 years and I couldn’t tell you the name of a single person there. At my gym there is a group of people who go there I think mainly for the social aspect. They are all buddies, chit-chatting, etc for much of the time they are there. I found it kind of interesting as I maybe give the quick head nod to acknowledge someone, or as I am getting stuff in/out of the locker I might say something like "tough workout’ or something equally bland to make conversation, and that is only because they are right there and it almost seems rude to not at least acknowledge them. But I generally am not very social while at the gym I have to admit. I think wearing my ipod probably deters people from talking to me and being all sweaty!
I guess for me I view the gym as a necessary evil. I don’t hate it, but I can’t say I enjoy it. I go there for a purpose. To work out, and if I drag my sorry ass in there then I am going to take full advantage of that time to work out–not to socialize. I go everyday (except Sunday) so I see the same people. In any other situation where you seem the same strangers everyday, like the bus, or ferry or subway I have always made friendships, etc. I just found it interesting that I don’t at the gym.
It made me wonder if people there view me as anti-social? I honestly don’t think of myself as anti-social. If I met them in a bar or at the grocery store I would talk to them. The gym, not so much.
So are you a talker/social person at the gym, or are you like me–there to ‘work your ass off and don’t talk to me’ kind of person?
Just curious more then anything.