New York stockbroker and gym-goer Christopher Carter was acquitted of assault charges today stemming from an incident that took place in his spin class some months ago. In that class, investment firm partner Stuart Sugarman began grunting and yelling things like "You go girl!" and "Good burn!" until Carter had had enough, picked up Sugarman's exercise bike by the handles, and dropped it back down on the floor. Sugarman claimed afterwards that the incident left him with injuries that caused a herniated disc in his neck.
All I can think about is the movie Dodgeball.
As a four-year, federal work study veteran of undergraduate gyms, and a gym rat since I was 15, I must applaud Mr. Carter. I cannot count the times I've seen screaming, yelling, grunting meat head fools annoy people to the point where they won't come back to a gym. When I worked in gyms as an undergrad, a week couldn't go by without some obviously insecure and overweight freshman guy or girl being scared away from the gym by these (equally obviously insecure) dirtbags screaming and yelling. It was always sad to see them trudge out the door, discouraged from doing something really good for themselves. I, for one, appauld Carter. It's time someone took back the gym.
So, what's your gym story? What gets your goat at the gym?