Characters in the Gym

Exercise has been prevalent in my life. Being a cop has something to do with it, but I’ve always gravitated toward sports. As a result, I’ve worked out in dozens of gyms over the years.


I’ve taken note of different “characters” that rotate from station to station in various fitness centers. They include:


  • “Steroid Dude”—The one whose non-verbal communication says, “get out of my way.”
  • The “Certified Fitness Trainer”—This person motivates correct form on every movement.
  • “Forest Gump”—The one running like a robot on the treadmill when you arrive, and still maintaining the same pace one or two hours later when you leave.
  • “Mr. Has Been”—Unbearably, he’s still wearing his high school gym shorts, just slightly out of date.
  • The “Jug Carrying Water Guzzler”—His clear, one-gallon milk carton is filled with water, and he’s usually drinking from it between sets.
  • The “Knit Cap Heavy Metal Man”—He’s a stud and looks like he plays the drums for Metallica or got “yoked” serving time in prison.
  • “Ms. Botox, Breast Augmentation Woman”—Her outfits are so tight and revealing they frequently break the concentration of everyone around.
  • “Captain America”—This guy looks like he just graduated from one of the military service academies, and you’re glad he’s on our side.
  • The “Troller”—The gym is an extension of the bar for this person looking for a date. Flirting takes priority over exercise.
  • “Dodgeball”—Think of Ben Stiller in the movie by the same name. He is a combination of the “Troller,” “Mr. Has Been,” and “Steroid Dude.”


The gym is a place filled with like-minded people regarding health, but it’s also complete with an unwritten and erroneous “pecking order,” placing the strong and fit at the upper scale.


The church can be much the same way. For brevity sake, I will not list a group of characters, but you probably know what I mean. As a result, there can be “preferred people” there as well. The knowledgeable, attractive, and wealthy tend to represent the “upper crust.”


My point is that it ought not be!


“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).


While there are different roles for people in the church, there are no preferences regarding one above another. How you react to others in the body of Christ is a reflection on the depth of your faith.



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