Monday, December 04, 2006

it's fun to fight at the Y-M-C-A!!!

i take a spinning class(group bicycling class) at the ymca at least 3 times a week. i love it. it is fun and interesting exercise. i have made friends with fellow members and instructors. while i am not an overly athletic person, i feel like a do well at spinning. i have good form and i have really built my endurance up. here is my problem. there is a lady that also attends the ymca and does spinning classes. she attends the ymca daily and spins at least 3 times a week. her name is sure-eee(phonetically). she is very chummy with many members and instructors and she often submits music to be played during class. she has claimed a particular bike as her own(so have i) and almost always attends the same classes at the same times. here is my problem...she feels the need to SING and SHOUT all through class. it is almost non-stop. she calls things out to the instructor, she shouts "motivation" to the rest of the class, she shouts random conversation type comments to people she knows. while i find that spinning class can be very personal and introspective, i also enjoy some class cameraderie. i am not requesting complete and total silence. but, there are many times that i cannot hear the instructor's instructions or words of encouragement because she is so OBNOXIOUS and LOUD. she often brags that she has two sets of lungs, one for spinning and one for singing. what else bothers me you ask??? well, she also likes to brag that she never gets enough workout from the classes and that she can out exercise any instructor. according to her she can spin for 4 hours. if you are not feeling challenged from your workout, it is time to change it up. muscles can get used to the same thing day after day. complacency in exercise will stop your body from burning calories and building muscle . if you are singing and talking for 45 minutes and claiming that you aren't even breaking a sweat or breathing heavy, you are either lance armstrong or you need to try something else because you are not getting the workout you are needing. she is no lance armstrong. while she does have nice calves, she does have a lot of weight to lose in her arms and middle. something isn't right if you claim you are working out harder than 2 percent body fat instructors and you still have excess weight. is that mean? i don't want to be mean,(honestly) i am just observant and descriptive. finally, i want her to stop singing more than anything else. she can brag all day and all night about her athletic prowess if she would just shut up with the incessant singing. she loves to submit christian pop music and then sing "PRAISE JESUS, WE ARE NOT WORTHY, HALLELUJAH!". worse than that is when she doesn't know the words to the songs and she just makes them up. today was classic! the theme from james bond was one of our warm up songs and there were no words on the version being played. that didn't stop sure-eee! "GOLDFINGER WILL GET YOU, BIKE FASTER IF YOU WANT TO LIVE AND LET LIE(not even the correct title), JAMES BOND IS 007." it drives me crazy! NUTS!
so, what do i do? i have tried to attend classes that she won't be it, but i can't always be rearranging my whole schedule. i don't know if i can complain to somebody, because sure-eee is friends with everybody. i am sure that she is a nice lady, but i don't pay my monthly dues to be annoyed while exercising. i have been tempted on sosososo many occasions to yell something back at her while she is motivating me with such endearment as "PUSH IT GIRLS, YOU HAVE TO WORK HARDER THAN THAT!". but i have refrained. that last thing i need is a ymca enemy.
ideas??? an anonymous note on her bike that says shut your big mouth? hitting her knee with a crowbar, a la tonya harding? get up at 5:30am and drag my baby to the 5:45am class? all sound reasonable, right?


Jessica said...

hahaha. i was laughing out loud during that whole last paragraph. why don't obnoxious people realize they are so obnoxious? i don't get it. and i seriously doubt she has as many friends in the class as it seems. i find it hard to believe that there are several people out there who feel the same way you do. i would say start a petition to get her ousted, but i got in trouble for that in sixth grade for complaining about a crappy teacher, so maybe its not a good idea

Jessica said...

whoops, i meant that there AREN'T several people out there who feel the same way you do.

Meghan said...

LOL!!! I am one that loves quiet exercise myself and "motivation" yelled at me just makes me want to quit. But I say if you can't beat em join em. I know you are quiet and reserved, but come out of your shell just this once and maybe you can motivate her out of the class.

Valoree said...

That is so funny. I have had experiences with people like that before and you have to wonder if they really have any true friends or do people just tolerate them like you are. I can only imagine how annoying that is. I agree that it would be hilarios if you started yelling out stuff, too!

Will & Natalie Giddens said...

Definitely start yelling things out! Heidi, I'm surprised you haven't aren't done so. Look at it this way: You have 8-ish or so more months there, what do you care? I'd be willing to bet money that you'll never, ever, EVER see this woman again, so you've got nothing to lose!!

And I agree w/everyone else: I guarantee she doesn't have as many "friends" as it seems.

Caroline said...

I can not believe I am just finding out about this blog. I have been missing out on your funny stories. It is so neat to read them because I can just hear you telling them!
I actually had my first experience this week with a loud spinner. But, since it was the first time I actually found it pretty funny and entertaining. But I could see where it could get annoying so I hope he was just popping the pills just that one day. Why don't you sarcastically recommend her to become an instructor!
I hope I have some free time soon to read back on this blog!
Miss you!

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