See Something, Say Something?
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
An older lady (68 years old, give or take 5 and not a fitness maven) got on the treadmill next to mine at the gym this morning. She made it clear she did not want to be social (unusually standoffish) which is fine. I finished by 2.5-mile jog/walk inside my headphones and watching the news, per usual.
At one point I happened to glance down at my own digital read out as well has hers. She was holding the heart-rate monitor handles the whole time and hers said over 180 beats per minute. I can read that age-based cardio chart and know that at my exceedingly-young 56 years I'm not supposed to raise mine above about 144 bpm or so.
Her 180+ bpm seemed crazy to the point of dangerous. And I know the treadmills are reasonably accurate. So, what do you do? Chat the lady up who already made it abundantly clear that she thinks I'm considerably creepier than Hannibal Lechter, do nothing, or some third thing? What would you do?
What I did was finish my workout and go to the front desk. I reported by observations to the college girl who was working there this morning. She asked me to tell one of the personal trainers (which required me to interrupt their session with their client). The trainer said she would "check on it."
Later, while leaving I ran into the same trainer again and apologized for interrupting her client session momentarily but I felt obliged to tell someone as I would want a bystander to do if my own Mom had been observed doing something potentially dangerous at the gym (as if...). The trainer merely said, "that's okay."
So, was I wrong? The trainer's attitude leads me to so believe.