The gym is an interesting place. For the most part you are among strangers -- but stranger who you often see at least once a week (if not several times a week if both parties are being "good" about your fitness regime).
Since I am a people-watcher, I find myself giving these people names/titles. This makes conversation (either internal or w/ Todd) about them so much easier.
The most popular naming convention is to use names of TV characters that they remind me of:
I seem to be fairly on the same schedule as Roz. She seems very dedicated to her workout schedule... does her cardio, has her gloves for the weight machines and free weights -- and she reminds me of Peri Gilpen's character from "Frasier."
I haven't seen CJ much lately... she was one of the rare folks at the gym that would actually say "hello" to a familiar face (that being me). She is a quite tall (and dare I add big-boned) woman, but very fit. She also has this lesbian vibe about her (though I think she is dating a black guy)... of course, she reminds of Alison Janney from "The West Wing."
Other "celebrities" that I have not seen lately include: Carmela (from "The Sopranos") a middle-age blond woman with impeccable taste in workout gear and Joe Millionnaire a somewhat dead-ringer for Evan Marriott...same beefy build and I am guessing the IQ to match.
Other people I name based on the physical characteristics:
There is Little Black Guy...a very diligent worker at the gym, but yes he is about 5'4" and African American. I know not terribly politically correct...at all!
One of our all-time faves at the gym is Slow Walker. This guy is a total muscle stud. Incredible upper body and arms (which he constantly shows off in his tight tanks), always with a baseball cap on (turned the "correct" way...not backwards), and always with track pants (I guess he doesn't work on those legs too much!). As the name suggest, he casually walks his way across the gym floor. I would pretty much put it at the pace of all those military guards at Reagan's funeral. His arms also swing just as slowly as he walks. But no complaints about his speed (or lack thereof)... more time to enjoy the view.
We have had the recent arrival of The Twins. Two studly early 20-something brothers. If their identical features were not enough they also seem to wear the same exact workout clothes (which seems just a little strange!). The first time I saw them was off a mirror and I really thought there was only one of them...until I saw two bodies actually pass by. I guess I should come up with another name, since MAK over at 'Til The Cows Come Home has already documented his own set of twins at his gym.
Alas it has been a while since we have seen Wonder Boy -- yet another studly twenty-something who had a penchant for wearing Nike lycra muscle shirts to the gym. Like the super heroes, he definitely had some nice nipple action going on.
I am sure they are many, many others...but those are the ones that jump to mind immediately. I haven't thought about it...but I fear for what names others might be coming up with me. Perhaps if you read a similar blog entry that talks about "Muscle Shirt NOT! Guy" or "Mr. Wannabee" that could be me!