The MIT gym (bless its heart) is a strange, scary place. Unlike most gyms, this one has very few mirrors. Ya see, I don't think that a lot of the people using this gym grew up exercising much. Mirrors are important to see form while exercising...I certainly need to use them to make sure I am isolating the correct muscles on some exercises (e.g. tris). Form in the MIT gym is very poor. Several times I have been tempted to help folks, but don't want to make them feel bad (bless their hearts).
As I have previously noted, the manners in this gym are just awful. Today, a guy asked if he could work in with me on pec flies. I, of course, said sure, and relinquished the apparatus after my set. When I sat back down after he had performed his set, I found that he had left the weight as his weight, and not readjusted the seat! For those of you not familiar with gym etiquette, if you work in with someone, you remember what weight they were working, and what height the seat was, and when done with your reps, you switch it back. That's just how it goes.
The fashion is dreadful. People (bless their hearts) wear khakis. People (bless their hearts) wear black socks to their knees with white sneakers. Women (bless their hearts) wear only jogbras so their tummies hang out. Mullets abound (bless their hearts). (in response to comments...I don't mean to say your top should match your shoes. What should happen is that you don't wear your every-day clothes to the gym. That's just gross...well, if you sweat it is. Khakis and black socks belong outside of the gym. As for mullets, I find them entertaining. And for the tummies...not everybody is a supermodel. I know that. But dress to your strong points.)
I know I was spoiled with the gym at CNN; that was definitely a different demographic of people. The World Gym at Somerville was more of a blue-collar-type gym, but at least they had good gym manners. The MIT gym is just weird, bless its heart.
By the way, "Bless his/her/its heart" is a Southern phrase which allows you to say whatever you want about someone without being mean. For instance, "He smells like rotten socks, bless his heart."