Paully Muller is annoyed by people who dress nicely for the gym but then hog the weight machines while socializing rather than working out.

[W]hen you are taking up a machine for 15 minutes, going through the motions of working out while you finish your story and your 500th rep at 2 lbs., it bugs me. Hi, I need to use those too, and to actually lift. I realize that not everyone knows their limits when it comes to physical exertion, and at least they are there, so they are motivated enough to go to the gym. Yippee! But the whole point of getting into shape is the effort you put in, and if there is no effort, why bother at all and tie up the equipment for someone who actually uses it?

Which reminds me of the classic sequence from Bull Durham,

You guys…you lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Alex Knapp says:

    Quoting Bull Durham in an appropriate situation. I love it!

  2. McGehee says:

    Tote that barge! Lift that bail! Gag that lolly!

    Swwwwwwwwwwwwwwing it!

    N’yuk n’yuk n’yuk!

  3. Juliette says:

    In the gym, a girl can always tell which guys are married an which aren’t: the married ones put things back where they got them from.

    (Note to self: when you’re thinking about posting on a subject, do it right away.)

  4. James Joyner says:

    Strangely, I do that too and am single. Maybe it’s an Army thing.

  5. Pauly says:

    I always put my weights away! I know I hate it when I have to go searching for the other 40 lb dumbbell or something. Not married (yet)….give it 6 months or so. 🙂