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driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:03:05 PM »
I stumbled across an exchange on twitter of people talking about how bad the traffic is in California. One guy says it takes him 30 to 35 minutes to drive 2 miles to his gym!

Why the hell would you drive when its NOT EVEN FASTER than walking?! Especially if you are going to get a workout.

A bicycle would get you there in 15 minutes or less.

Madness. I had to share with people I know would understand.


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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 08:42:55 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised if parking regulations/policy at the location encourages this kind of ridiculousness.

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 09:17:42 AM »
The bicycle solution - absolutely. Maybe it would be a ride through a traffic gauntlet. Assuming it could be done safely on a bike or foot - I get tickled by people who make choices like this.

Must.drive.everywhere.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2018, 12:42:03 PM »
This is a pet peeve of mine too, people avoiding modest physical exertion on the way to working out... I once watched someone wait 5 minutes for a parking spot close to the gym when there was plenty of parking 200 feet away, then watched them come in and start walking on a treadmill.


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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 01:49:46 PM »
Guaranteed that guy gets to the gym and does a 2 mile walk on a treadmill as a warm-up

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 01:53:18 PM »
I used to go to a gym in Houston that had valet parking... and the parking lot was RIGHT THERE. Not down the street or hidden or anything (this is Houston, not NY).

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2018, 02:32:00 PM »
And these folks might complain about not getting their steps in for the day. Funny people out there.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2018, 02:37:16 PM »
If my fat, lazy ass can walk 2.15 miles one way to the gym in a reasonable amount of time, especially in Floridian swampy humidity, so can yours. 

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 05:30:38 PM »
What I find even more amusing is the friends who pay someone to clean their house so they have time to drive to the gym. Cleaning is good exercise, people. And there are no membership fees.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2018, 03:10:25 AM »
I walk to and from work each day, which is around 2 miles and that's good exercise and puts me in a better mood.  Not owning a car is the best exercise.  My kids are pretty fit too due to the constant walking and public transport.  I really don't get people who drive everywhere and then complain that they don't have time for exercise.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2018, 06:26:55 AM »
I was going to give some reasoning that he might not want to walk to the gym, but then I remembered that it's probably a Gold's or LA fitness or something dumb like that. The gyms I go to are usually in the warehouse/industrial part of town and walking is a bad idea. Commercial gyms though, yeah. Dude should probably walk, or hell, even unicycle.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2018, 06:46:33 AM »
There are physically disabled people who may need to do this. People who may not be able to walk or bike for long distances but use the gym machines/pool/trainers for physical therapy.

Assuming this dude isn't disabled.... yeah, no.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2018, 08:18:24 AM »
What I find even more amusing is the friends who pay someone to clean their house so they have time to drive to the gym. Cleaning is good exercise, people. And there are no membership fees.

This is so true! I always put on athletic clothes to clean.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2018, 11:03:17 PM »
We live 0.75 miles from our front door to the kids' school gate.  Me and my almost 5 year old and 7 year old walk/scooter every day to and from.  My neighbor drives it every day.  The other day she told me how impressed she is by the fact that we manage to walk it every day.  Every day she passes me on the way back home in her minivan when we're about 1/2 a block from our houses meaning she gets home about 3 minutes before I do so it's not like she's saving any time by driving and waiting in that ridiculous line.  She also told me the day goes by so fast with all the kids in school because by the time she goes to the gym (!) and runs errands it's time for pick up again.  I keep inviting her to walk with us but she hasn't taken me up on it yet... 

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2018, 05:51:54 AM »
Jesstache  - I was going to say that maybe she drops the kids off in her car on the way to work.  That would make a little bit of sense if she had to drive straight on to get to her office.  But if she is a SAHM that makes no sense at all.  Especially if she also goes to the gym.  And it's also important that kids get exercise and walking/scooting to school is perfect for that.  Amazing.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2018, 06:31:03 AM »
California is one big freeway.  It can be very difficult to cross a freeway.  Much of the country is just not set up for walkers / cyclists.  I've stayed in places where places I've had to go to is just a few miles away.  I've asked, "Can I walk?"  The sober answer was a negative.  No money to be made from the walkers, I guess.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2018, 06:44:50 AM »
California is one big freeway.  It can be very difficult to cross a freeway.  Much of the country is just not set up for walkers / cyclists.  I've stayed in places where places I've had to go to is just a few miles away.  I've asked, "Can I walk?"  The sober answer was a negative.  No money to be made from the walkers, I guess.

On a similar note, I recently was in New Jersey for work.  In order to get from my hotel to the nice little town 1/2 mile away where I could get food walk around or whatever, one had to get on the on ramp then the off ramp to the interstate with no sidewalks.  Yup I drove the rental car to town.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2018, 12:21:42 PM »
California is one big freeway.  It can be very difficult to cross a freeway.  Much of the country is just not set up for walkers / cyclists.  I've stayed in places where places I've had to go to is just a few miles away.  I've asked, "Can I walk?"  The sober answer was a negative.  No money to be made from the walkers, I guess.

I agree about California. But I was in Tampa a few years ago for a week-long course. Our hotel was about a 20 minute walk from the venue so we walked every morning. One day our instructor told us to drive to [some location] and we told him we didn't rent a car. He was flabbergasted, saying there was no hotel within walking distance to where we were sitting. Sometimes it's about mentality, not infrastructure.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2018, 09:33:20 AM »
We live 0.75 miles from our front door to the kids' school gate.  Me and my almost 5 year old and 7 year old walk/scooter every day to and from.  My neighbor drives it every day.  The other day she told me how impressed she is by the fact that we manage to walk it every day.  Every day she passes me on the way back home in her minivan when we're about 1/2 a block from our houses meaning she gets home about 3 minutes before I do so it's not like she's saving any time by driving and waiting in that ridiculous line.  She also told me the day goes by so fast with all the kids in school because by the time she goes to the gym (!) and runs errands it's time for pick up again.  I keep inviting her to walk with us but she hasn't taken me up on it yet...

Occasionally I will take part of a day off. Biking home I see that there are folks parked in the school line 30-45 mins before school lets out. Side benefit of an independent child - wants to walk home rather than be picked up. Not like I could pick him up more than a few times per year any how b/c work. Says he gets home before the bus.
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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2018, 09:47:50 AM »
The neighbor is a SAHM like me and she did try to get us to join the “health club” her family (and a lot of the other families!) goes to.  It’s $250/month.  We briefly considered it (because they have a nice family pool and we could save some of that on utilities by showering there most days) but it just didn’t fall in line with our goals for the next few years... plus we’re active and fit without the gym.  Her and her family are very nice so it’s not to knock them personally as I know most of the people driving there live the same distance or less from the school.  She also justified it with the reasoning that her oldest is difficult to get up in the morning and they need every minute to get out the door that they can get, which I understand to a degree but honestly it’s the best part of my day and if we needed to be faster, we’d ride bikes.  The one time I had a morning appt, I told the kids we had to drive and they were angry they couldn’t ride their scooters, so I know they enjoy it too.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2018, 08:28:28 PM »
What I find even more amusing is the friends who pay someone to clean their house so they have time to drive to the gym. Cleaning is good exercise, people. And there are no membership fees.

Not that I would pay someone to clean my house for me, but I have a very difficult time finding 400lb objects in my house that I can easily grasp to deadlift repeatedly (and drop without breaking).  Cleaning doesn't give me the kind of exercise I am interested in...so if I had to make that particular choice (because my time were that limited) I would absolutely pay someone else to clean my house so I can go lift some heavy iron.

Imagine if you wanted to go for a bike ride or a hike (for enjoyment, not commuting) and someone told you to just mow the lawn and paint your house if you want exercise...

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2018, 08:02:33 AM »
Build yourself a stack off firewood and then move it from one side of the back yard to the other and restack. Go arm wrestle some farmer's horse. Lots of ways to get fit for free.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2018, 03:15:30 PM »
It's not the getting to the gym on my own power that's the challenge; it's getting back home after the workout kicks your butt.  So you drive to the gym so so you can drive home.  (If I'm upright and not limping - bad knee- when I come out of class I consider that a win.)

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2018, 04:28:52 PM »
What I find even more amusing is the friends who pay someone to clean their house so they have time to drive to the gym. Cleaning is good exercise, people. And there are no membership fees.

Not that I would pay someone to clean my house for me, but I have a very difficult time finding 400lb objects in my house that I can easily grasp to deadlift repeatedly (and drop without breaking).  Cleaning doesn't give me the kind of exercise I am interested in...so if I had to make that particular choice (because my time were that limited) I would absolutely pay someone else to clean my house so I can go lift some heavy iron.

Imagine if you wanted to go for a bike ride or a hike (for enjoyment, not commuting) and someone told you to just mow the lawn and paint your house if you want exercise...

I painted my house this summer and it was the most brutal squats workout. Took me a week to recover. It would've cost an extra $6K to pay someone to do it for me. That's a lot of gym time ;-)

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2018, 07:52:08 AM »
What I find even more amusing is the friends who pay someone to clean their house so they have time to drive to the gym. Cleaning is good exercise, people. And there are no membership fees.

This is so true! I always put on athletic clothes to clean.

I do squats and lunges to pick up pinecones. Can't hardly walk the next day. Best leg day ever.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2018, 01:39:22 PM »
Much of the country is just not set up for walkers

In my city (in the southeast), they put almost zero sidewalks over bridges. When you are walking on the sidewalk, the sidewalk ends at the bridge. People frequently walk it anyway. So they end up walking in the two available feet in-between speeding cars and a knee high ledge. It's complete madness.

Also - I walk to the gym 90% of the time. On one occasion an asshole driver came close to hitting me as he pulled out of his apartment complex. Then, he came very close to hitting me AGAIN as he pulled into the gym - which is IMMEDIATELY NEXT DOOR to his apartment complex.

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2018, 01:42:34 PM »
.. and walking/scooting to school is perfect for that...

The word "scooting" was so close to "school" that I mistakenly read it as "shooting" like 3 times. 'Merica!

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Re: driving to the gym at 4 miles an hour
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »
Haha,that's hilarious!

I was just in LA about a month ago for a week, half of which I spent working and the other half with my college roommate. So I got a rental and arranged to drop it off at a Hertz center a mile from my friend's place. My friend is from Chicago and his wife is from LA and she was flabbergasted why anyone would walk when I could easily take Lfyt. It was a mile walk and it was beautiful outside. There was a guy selling churros and so I bought one and munched on it while walking back to his place.