Day 1/360: Wolf Brigade Subversive Fitness
The first day of subversive fitness was great! I had a good time.
The atmosphere at the gym was friendly and relaxed. There were some guys there with their girlfriends or wives, but they seemed like normal folks rather than “gym rats” looking for a quick fix. They looked like they were having fun, not just going through the motions of working out.
I did notice one thing that bothered me though…the guy behind the desk didn’t look like he was paying attention to what was going on around him. I mean he wasn’t even listening to my instructions.
When I asked if it would help if I told him exactly how many reps each exercise should be doing, he didn’t really seem interested in hearing any of that stuff. Instead, he started talking loudly into his phone while staring off into space for long periods of time.
He kept saying things like “1 minute rest between sets.” “3 minutes rest between sets.” And so forth.
Then when I finished my set, he just turned back to his phone and continued to talk. It was obvious that he didn’t have much interest in anything else other than checking his phone all the time.
He was paying more attention to his phone than he was to me, which seemed really weird. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so interested in a phone before.
Most guys I know, they bring their phones with them, but they aren’t usually obsessed with them like this guy seemed to be. Most of the time he just held it in his hand and looked down at it whenever he had a chance.
It seemed like he was playing some kind of shooting game on his phone, because I could hear the occasional sound of a laser gun or something like that. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time, as most guys play some kind of stupid games on their phones.
I finished my set, and then he finally told me to move on to the next machine without paying any attention to what I had just done. I might as well have been working out by myself.
It would have been the same thing.
I was a little put off by his lack of interest in what I was doing, but I just decided to let it go and continue with my workout. I didn’t want to cause a scene by complaining about him, since he was the one that could turn my electricity back on anyway.
If I annoyed him too much, there was always the chance that he could make things harder for me.
I decided to try to get in a quick word with him when there weren’t as many people around the desk, so I waited until there was a break between customers and went up to the desk. He looked up at me and smiled, but I could tell instantly that he wasn’t really listening to anything I was about to say.
His eyes were fixed on his screen and he didn’t look up at me once.
“Alright, you’re all paid up for another month,” he said without looking up.
“Uh, I actually wanted to talk to you about something,” I said a little louder than before.
I didn’t get a response. He was too busy with his game to hear me.
I started tapping on the counter to get his attention, but that didn’t work either. Getting impatient, I reached over the counter and snatched the phone out of his hand. That got his attention.
What the hell, man?”
he said while looking up at me. “I was almost on a high score run.”
“Look, I need to talk to you about something, and I couldn’t get your attention any other way,” I replied.
Alright, alright, what is it?”
“Umm…is there anyway that
I can work out down here instead?”
His eyes narrowed a bit and he tilted his head a bit.
What brought this on?”
“Well, that guy you have working in the basement is kind of a freak. I don’t really feel comfortable working out down there with him.”
“Oh, him,” he said with a little nod. “He’s harmless.
You just seem a little judgmental toward him, and you shouldn’t be. Not everyone is blessed with good looks. He’s just different than you and me.”
I was thinking of a few choice words to respond back, but I held my tongue. There was no sense in arguing with this guy.
“Look, if it’ll make you feel any better, I’ll have him work up here with me during the late night shifts,” he offered. “I’m going to be doing that anyway, since I need another set of eyes watching the place while I take my breaks.”
Are you sure that’s such a good idea?”
I asked. “
I mean, won’t he be in the way?”
“Well, it’s either that or you are,” he replied.
Not wanting to argue any longer, I shrugged my shoulders and accepted his compromise. At least this way, I wouldn’t have to work out around that freak.
“You’re right. It’s not that big of a deal,” I acknowledged.
“Thanks for changing things around for me.”
“Sure. No problem,” he said as he went back to playing his game.
I walked away with a sigh of disgust, wondering when the last time this guy showered was. I could smell him from where I was standing.
I quickly pushed that thought out of my mind though. I didn’t want to know.
It was going to be a long three months…
I spent the next couple of weeks working out of the back room. I would do my homework, read books, and even play my games on my laptop to pass the time.
It really wasn’t all that bad. Sometimes Andy, or whatever the hell his name was, would come in to talk to me. He was always bugging me about my gaming laptop though. Telling me he wanted to play games on it or something. I just told him no each time, and he would grumble a bit and walk away. I think he finally got the hint after a few tries.
My mom was still at the point where she didn’t really care what I did as long as I kept things clean and orderly, so I had a lot of freedom to come and go as I pleased. It was a good deal all the way around.
Three months flew by pretty fast, and before I knew it, school was out for the summer. I could hardly believe I’d made it.
Today was the last day I had to work at the gym. Andy had actually been a pretty cool guy to work with since the beginning of May. He kept to himself for the most part, but he warmed up to me as time went on. I was actually going to miss the guy a bit.
I had just punched out for the last time and was about to leave when he stopped me.
Hey, so are you coming back tomorrow?”
“Not sure,” I responded. “I might, but if I do it will only be for a few hours in the afternoon.”
“Oh, okay. Well it was really nice working with you,”
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