1. If you see an acquaintance at the gym, is appropriate to say hello or just look the other way and pretend that you don't see them?
It's a bit awkward because... a. you look disgusting and sweaty...b. you both don't 100% recognize each other in "gym attire"... c. you are facebook friends but you haven't spoken in a year(s)... or d. one of you is panting on a cardio machine. My answer: If you absolutely don't want to talk then stare at a T.V. and have your headphones in.
2. Why do old, grown men start yelling and grunting when they are on a thigh-master machine?
Seriously, it's obvious that you are not an aspiring body builder... your hair is gray, your skin is not spray-tanned, and your physique consists of a beer belly and toothpick legs. Oh, by the way, the last 7 people to use this machine were 20-something year old women who wish to eliminate cellulite. Here you are, an old, non-athletic man, screaming as if you are giving birth. Really?
3. Are you allowed to make small talk in the steam room?
Tonight I went into the steam room for the first time at my gym. I couldn't see much of anything when I walked in, so I kind of inched my way towards a spot on along the wall. There were two other women in the room with me, both in towels, sitting in silence, and from what I could tell, they also were at the gym alone. All of a sudden a vent opened and the room filled with more steam. My first instinct was to crack a joke about the Holocaust, as if we were being gassed or something. I didn't want to interrupt the silence with my potentially offensive humor. So what's the verdict? Is it socially unacceptable to make small talk in saunas/steam rooms?