I try to keep my petty whining to a minimum on this site (regular readers may disagree), but here’s an exception: Why is it that in gyms and fitness centres across the globe (well, in at least the four countries in which I’ve been in them), owners and patrons alike play ridiculously loud dance music? This has been true in every facility–from the largest Fitness World to the smallest apartment gym, both publically and privately-owned–that I’ve ever used.
I know I sound like an curmudgeonly octogenarian, but people, enjoy the freaking silence. If you require music to motivate you to exercise, perhaps you should reconsider your fitness regime. If you really want music, buy a Walkman/Discman/MP3 player–they cost about $4 these days–and spare me your musical taste. After all, it’s an exercise facility, not a night club. And I’m not arguing for Mozart or Marsalis on the stereo–just turn the stereo off.
I don’t think there are gender issues here–in my apartment gym both muscle-bound men and thimble-wasted women play pounding music on the stereo (what is the correct term these days? It sure aint ‘ghetto blaster’).
This has always bothered me (particularly in my gym in Dublin, where they had TV’s with headphone jacks at every exercise machine), but it’s become more irritating since I’ve started listening to books (well, plays) on tape while I exercise. To my eternal surprise, King Lear and Christina Aguilera do not mix (My kingdom for a who…never mind).