Right now, you're most likely nodding your head as you read this and picturing the Creeper at your gym. I'm willing to bet every gym has at least one. He could be any age - the creepers at my gym range from mid-40's to early-60's. In any other social situation, he could be perfectly normal. But for some reason, at the gym, he turns into a Creeper.
The other day, as I was struggling with my iPod arm band (the bane of my gym existence), one of the creepers called out, "Need help with that?" louder and louder until I couldn't ignore him anymore. I then feigned surprise that he was addressing me - cuz really, why would I want ANYONE to help me string a headphone cord through my sports bra and down my back?! *shudder*
While I realize that Gym Creepers are mostly harmless, I still feel uncomfortable around them. I understand that they appreciate my hard work, but do they really have to watch me do EVERY exercise in my workout? Talk about awkward!
Even after training in gyms for 14 years, I'm still unsure of how to handle the creepers. I usually just avoid all eye contact or pretend I don't see them. Sometimes I'll even do an exercise in a different area of the gym, if possible. If they do talk to me, I tend to mutter single word responses and then rush onto my next exercise. Not only am I uncomfortable around the creepers, I hate being interrupted during my workout. I have a sword to win in June, people! My training is serious business to me!
Does your gym have a Gym Creeper? Does he ever talk to you or does he just silently stare at you in the mirror while you're training? How do you handle the attention?