Some lifters head to the gym and hit the weights, diligently adhering to their programs, without paying notice to any other gym members.
I do not count myself among these people.
Life is just too funny, and other gym members provide a constant source of hilarity. There are probably 10-12 people who go to my gym for whom I have created nicknames and elaborate backstories. I don't know them, and I don't want to know them. I like the fictions that I have created.
I'm sure there are others here who do the same. Please use this as an opportunity to post open letters to strange/quirky/completely abnormal members of your gym.
I will start...
"Dear Anguished-Looking Asian Man,
I have to hand it to you, Anguished-looking Asian Man, Webster's Dictionary should have your face next to the definitions of "exertion" and "intensity". In fact, they should add the word "exertensity" in 2014 and just have your face there, with no text needed. Whether you're getting a drink at the fountain, adjusting your spandex bike shorts, doing that 10lb bicep curl/lateral raise hybrid you've invented, or playing with one of your four silly holographic balance bracelets, your facial contortions and gnashing of teeth imply a truly Herculean effort, one that draws upon every ounce of your strength and willpower.
When I first saw you, I thought your look of agony might have been involuntary. A stroke, perhaps? Some sort of vocational-related electrocution? As an Asian man, I even suspected it could have been the after effects of a feast of improperly-prepared fugu. But no, Anguished-Looking Asian Man, that's just what your face does as soon as you step into the gym. And your intensity inspires.
When you do light hamstring stretches, you look like you're being stung in the anus by 1000 bullet ants. When you finish a set of lunges, you look like a frost-bitten Sherpa who is 10 meters away from the peak of Everest. When you fill your shaker bottle with water, your intense face is reminiscent of a gladiator bludgeoning his opponent with a cestus.
Keep stoking that fire inside, Anguished-looking Asian Man."