This rant will have no gratuitous profanity, and will probably be twice as long as it needs to be. But it makes me feel better to write it all out. And that’s what the pit is for.
My gym, pretty much like every other one I guess, has a section where there are a bunch of adjustable benches in a row near a rack holding dumbbells that range in size from really puny to really huge. You go get the dumbbells you want and sit/lie down and do your presses or flyes or whatever. No problem, usually.
This morning there is this guy (who I’ve seen doing other stupid, inconsiderate things, but never interacted with) lying on a towel in between two of the benches. He’s doing some sort of weird floor exercises that I don’t understand, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
So I want to do some shoulder presses. I go grab my weight, sit down, and begin to work. But then I think: shit, if I drop this weight, I could seriously hurt this guy here on the floor. So I say “Aren’t you worried you could get hurt doing that there while people are lifting weights above you?”
He looks at me like I’m insane and says “Yeah, actually I am.” in a really sarcastic tone. Thinking this guy is a bit weird, and not wanting some sort of confrontation, I say as gently as I can “Maybe you could move over there.”, and point to the section where people usually do floor work like stretches and stuff.
And he launches into a tirade: “Well, maybe you could move, mate, I had my towel here first, mate……” etc ad nauseam.
I weakly suggest that the benches are there for the weights and the free area with the mats over the other side of the room is for the floor work, but he just keeps yelling at me.
In the end I just walk away, with him abusing my back.
Hell, I was just worried about hurting the guy. What am I supposed to do? Why do I get yelling and abuse, for trying to do the guy a favour?
And the thing that annoys me the most? I’m still stewing about it two hours later.