Another crazy gym story for ya fresh off the press.
Yesterday I took my usual Thursday night spinning class. It's 60 minutes long and rather arduous. We were in the last 10 minutes of the class doing sprints. It's that time at the end when you're pooped, and the instructor gives you the spiel about "blocking out everything and reaching into your hidden reserves".
Right at this point, a girl barges in the spin room, dressed as a gym version of Lara Croft: tiny hot pants, bare stomach, boobs heaping out of a top a size too small. She starts setting up a spare bike, and we all stare at her in the mirror. The instructor walks over to her and quietly points out there's a class in progress, about to finish, after which she'd be welcome to do her thing, but at that moment she cannot come in.
The girl resists. The instructor says firmly that she is distracting the class and asks her to leave again, all very politely. The girl argues back that she needs to "warm up". (Oh, by the way, there are tonnes of various cardio machines on the main gym floor, including other spinning bikes, in case you're wondering. Also, I remind you, we only had like 7 minutes left to the end.)
This could not continue. Valuable time was being wasted. The instructor gave her his final: "Please leave" and returned to his bike.
At this moment, the pushy cow STARTED MOVING A HEAVY SPINNING BIKE OUT OF THE ROOM!!!!
Everyone's jaw just dropped at such insolence, selfishness and lack of respect for the other 25 people in the class. It was so un-Canadian. And for what? For a 5 minute warm up that could be done in a million other ways without creating this ridiculous incident!!
The otherwise super-relaxed instructor lost his cool. He leaped out of his bike, ran to the door and shouted: "Do you mind???!!!! I have a class going on here!!!". He's a muscular guy, but I swear, at that moment I was not sure if the chick wouldn't punch him in the face if he had attempted to stop her. For a second, I thought I was back in Soviet Ukraine, the bike was the last bottle of milk left in the store, and she was an angry customer trying to beat others to it. So, she DID end up moving the bike out, after which we finished the sprints and the class ended.
The gym management was called. My fellow spinners exchanged witty remarks about "a tad too many steroids". Some people looked really outraged at what had just transpired. I wondered what was next. When someone takes a bike from underneath you while you're spinning? I don't know. All I know is when you resort to this behaviour for a 5-minute "warm-up", you've got bigger issues to deal with than just your personal fitness.
Toronto instructors beware: there's a monster on the loose and your class can be next :)