Saturday 20 December 2014

Gym Recognition. (Gym Slips 14)

If you are a member of a gym and attend it regularly, you get to see a lot of people over the course of a year. Some of them drift in and out. Some just make fleeting visits and some you see once and then never again.

There are of course, a batch of regulars and even if you don't know who they are, they are easily recognised and you get to see them more then most people that you interact with during the rest of the day.

After a while you get to exchange greetings, learn their first name and then gradually set up locker room friendships. New comers are always watched carefully to see how they behave and just how they fit in with the gym routines and whether they observe stated gym regulations. After a period of observation they are gradually accepted and spoken to, starting with just a brief word or two of acknowledgement.

It is strange, that when a member is talking about another member, they will often identify them, not by how they look or dress, but by their gym routine and just what items of equipment they use.

This is an interesting piece of human behaviour, in a group which meet each other regularly, but do not really know each other at all. 


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