Gyms looks fucking terrifying to. I couldn't handle it. All those people around. Doing weird shit.
Definitely feel put off when I walk through a gym to go swimming or whatever, I keep thinking someone will drop a massive weight on me or one of those weird machines will snap under the strain and fire bolts at my head.
While ago I saw a woman getting some one-to-one training with an employee at the gym I go to (or went to), which consisted of kettle-bell swings right at the edge of the mezzanine floor above the free weights area. So if she'd accidentally let go at the end of a swing - easily done with sweaty hands, I'm sure - it would have flown through the air, dropped some thirty-odd feet and potentially killed someone.
Anyone tried J.P. Muller's system? It's in a pamphlet called My System with a bunch of exercises involving rubbing yourself with towels and stuff. Apparently Kafka used to do it nude every morning and Muller himself used to do things like go skiing in nothing but a loin cloth.