Gym. My Place to Get Away from Life

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When I am feeling angry or stressed, I head to my gym, Planet Fitness. Whether it’s snowing, raining, foggy, or sunny, the gym is always very busy. In order to enter the gym, I have to open and pass through two double doors. I immediately see the main service desk, where I sign in with my account number. I also notice a bowl of Tootsie-Rolls on the desk, so I grab a couple to enjoy some extra sugar before I work out. Behind the service desk, there are four tanning booths that look like alien spaceships. There’s nothing fancy about Planet Fitness! Instead of being built like a maze, it is simply shaped like a large rectangular the size of a football field. The walls are made out of rough concrete, painted purple on the top and yellow on the bottom. While the color combination seems odd, it does create a happy and energetic environment. Because the gym is so large, there is plenty of room for everyone. The smell of the gym is also unique. Of course, the smell of the new rubber floor is very strong, but there is also a fresh and sweet-smelling fragrance: the pink disinfectant the gym uses. There are many different sounds in the gym, too. For instance, there are forty-two treadmills that are constantly being used, creating an unending sound similar to horses galloping around. In addition, there are a dozen of LDC televisions hanging in front of the treadmills that create a distraction for the people working out. There is also quiet a bit of noise in the gym, while some people talk and others are actually shouting. Cold metal weights smash against each other, a sound that I find very soothing. Lastly, there’s the water fountain. The rusty, metallic-tasting water does a nice job hydrating my lips for me. I find that I miss this taste when I don’t come to the gym. The gym, with it’s tantalizing sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes, is where I want to be when I need to calm down and re-energize. Considering how busy the gym always seems to be,...
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