I know that I'm not alone, but with the general gym attendees and the need for that in person PT touch, people like to treat gym time as therapy time. And I'm not referring to the work my issues out with weights kind of way, but in the "you won't believe what Ronda said to me" kind of way.
The gym blabbing comes from all age groups, all types, creeds, colors, and what not. To pin this kind of behavior to a type is too vindictive and discriminatory. It's a personality type. It's the same type that need a training partner in order to actually go to the gym.
My favorite is when this behavior comes from older, more weathered gentlemen. Their chatter mimics the kind of noise dancing around water coolers, the random complaints and woes of people riddled with first world problems. The marital gripes that only come from someone completely unfulfilled from life. One gentleman that frequents my current training facility will spend so much time yammering before his mediocre sets of leg press that I'm convinced that he thinks the convos are his warm up.
How do I know this? Well, it's not exactly whispered in secret, the kind of jabber jaw dance these people play cuts over head phones every day of the week. They should teach opera singers how to project, because their speaking voice could cut through Wagner's Siegfried.
I don't have an issue with conversation or people wanting to talk while working out, I really don't give that many fucks. I know plenty of people who have gym partners and make hella progress. However, the trends of people who create the kind of therapist time with their PT or buddy environment in their training is concerning. Not so much from an effective workout standard, but more so from a longevity perspective. If you can't workout without airing your laundry to some poor shmuck who may or may not be interested in sharing some of your baggage, you're gonna have lots of miserable workouts or lots of miserable workout partners.
Until next time...
Lift big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing it.
The Opera Bro