6 Types Of People You See At The Gym

6 Types Of People You See At The Gym

No matter if you have been to the gym 200 times or 2 times you can say that you have seen these individuals in your own gym experience.
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When you are pumping iron or taking that two-mile jog on the treadmill you can look around and see that you are surrounded by a diverse group of people. We are all there for the same purpose, but you know that you are looking around and you see all types of people. Some of them may be as followed.

1."Those Girls"

While I am at the gym I have seen several different groups of girls stand at one machine that stretches their legs and as soon as they see a guy they will jump on it and push until they get the boys attention. They are doing this to just try to get some gym boy instead of actually going to the gym for its purpose. The gym is not a hookup site -- it is a place to better yourself.

2. Iron Gorillas

You would never see these giants on a treadmill. No way. They came to get swole and that's it. These huge guys can be seen over and over using free weights and only free weights. They are the type of guys that holler like primates when trying to get that last rep in just to show how masculine they are.

3. "Train like a beast, look like a beauty."

That's right; she looks stronger than you and she can lift ten times your weight. These are the girls that come to gym routinely to make sure they stay in shape for their sport. They are passionate about their workouts and keep a straight serious face the entire time. Don't let this fool you though because you know they are blasting Taylor Swifts latest hit in their ears while they are working out.

4. "I'm sexy and I know it."

They at least THINK they are sexy. I have literally seen a guy just walk around the gym showing himself off and he never even touched one weight the entire time. He just went around and flexed in front of girls. They have been told that they were hot their entire life so that blew up their head and now they really think they are hot so what better place to flash yourself off than a gym?

5. Granolas

The granolas are your yoga and cardio lovers. You can see them in a hot steamy classroom hitting the downward dog stance perfectly or meditating about all the different ways to save the earth. Granolas can sometimes be caught leaving an aerobics class every now and then as well, but don't expect to see them pumping any hard iron anytime soon.

6. Me

Finally, you have me. An average dude who is going to the gym for the right reason. To lead a better and healthier life. Sure I may not look like a greek god and on certain machines, my hands may quiver and shake. You may even think I look like I have no idea what I am doing and you are absolutely right because I have no idea what I am doing, but I do know that it is one step to me getting stronger.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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I'm Motivated, But I Still Get Off Track Sometimes And That's OK

Every failure turns into a success.
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Whether you're working out and getting that body you've always wanted, trying to find a job, etc, staying motivated can be difficult.

Finding our motivation doesn't mean automatic success. We have these goals in our head but suddenly we lose interest in trying. It's like those negatives override the positives and it's hard to pull ourselves out of it.

You want to be fit but you just can't get yourself to the gym. You make excuses that you're tired, you don't feel good, or that you have nobody to go with. You want to find a job, but you can't because your resume isn't good enough. It's too much work, or you're just scared.

The struggle to stay motivated is something we all deal with, but I find that with the right people and with the right frame of mind, you can do it. If you really want something, you will go for it. It's OK to lose that motivation and to have feelings of giving up, but just remember to pick yourself back up again and keep going.

I become motivated in different ways. I have been reading this book called, "101 Secrets For Your Twenties" by Paul Angone and it's so relatable. It has actually inspired me to not give up and to know that other people are going through their ups and downs in their 20s just like I am. Some of the chapters are so spot on and specific that I think he's writing about me. If the author has gone through these things and has become successful, then I can do the same.

I look back at my accomplishments and what it took to get to where I am today and I'm so grateful. I use that as my motivation and whenever I get a little off track, I remind myself of where I am now, how I got here, and who I am as a person.

I'm a go-getter and I've always been the type of person to try and achieve anything my heart is set on. I wanted to go to FGCU and I did. I wanted to graduate and I did. I wanted to write a book and I did.

Those little voices that tell you "No, you can't do it" are lying.

Take those ugly words and turn them into something great.

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