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I Hate the Gym [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jessica Kaminsky , Sammy Yuen


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22 Jan 2005
Most of us would rather give up bread than step on a treadmill, but there are basics to consider - good health, fitting into a favourite pair of jeans, attracting a mate, feeling fit. Whatever the incentive that draws people to the most unappealing place on Earth, getting to the gym is less than half the battle. Once there, navigating the sea of distasteful sights, sounds and smells can be a horrifying experience. The gym is a minefield of people you'd rather not stand next to on the underground let alone share a sweaty machine with. In "I Hate the Gym", seasoned sitcom writer Jessica Kaminsky shares her tips on getting through a trip to the fortress of evil relatively unscathed. The tips include: the half-hour rule (doesn't matter what you do, if you stay for thirty minutes, it counts as a workout); reward systems (thirty minutes equals carte blanche to eat and drink whatever you want); identifying the players (from the prison warden to the bored housewife); surviving the classes (beware the territorial spinners and aggressive yogis) and more!

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"Right here's where you start paying...in sweat."--Debbie Allen, "Fame"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fun 8 Jan 2005
By Charlie Penn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very, very funny book. Ironically, after a somewhat debauched holiday, I was seriously thinking of turning myself into our local sweat emporium to do something about myself; this slim volume is the perfect antidote, or if you will, guide book to such impulses. I admit I peeked at "The Ladies' Locker Room" chapter first but its male counterpart certainly brought back vividly hideous memories of showers after peewee soccer in fifth grade, the grotty gym at college, and best of all, USArmy basic training. How did she do that?

Ms Kaminsky recreates in all their horror the sights, smells, and, yes, even textures of these 21st century torture chambers which only the truly demented can really enjoy. Read the book and skip the torture! She gives the reader the lingo and paints the scene so authentically that no one will ever suspect that you were doing mocha lattes at Starbucks instead of working out.

You will meet all the characters in your neighborhood and in your worst nightmares as well being well prepared to face yourself in the mirror. This is a fun book and a great gift for the overexercised in your sect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud 17 Feb 2005
By spell this - Published on Amazon.com
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I never laugh out loud when I read, and this title surely made me giggle. I saw the cool cover treatment and knew it had to be a fun, cute book. I was right. Such a light topic, but something many of us have on our minds: when are we going to make it to the gym--and do we really have to go??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gym-haters of the world: Unite! 17 Jan 2005
By Adam Kadmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a fast, fun, funny read that gives America's torture chambers (aka "gyms"), its sadistic machinery and vicious employees what they deserve.

The author blows the lid off of the sick culture of fitness and exercise. And she puts into words exactly what the rest of us feel: That we would rathre be ANYWHERE and do ANYTHING rather than go to the gym.

Which is why, instead of going to the gym like I should, I am writing this review.

Well done, Ms. Kamensky!
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2.0 out of 5 stars 96 pages of... 9 Mar 2005
By E. Northrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
96 pages (and not even full pages - these are some teeny, tiny pages riddled with elementary illustrations) of sometimes-amusing gripes and tips about and for the gym. The author pisses and moans a lot, which is a given considering the title, but she seems to really be annoyed with "housewives" and "stay at home moms", as they are mentioned as a group even more than the "old folks" that she also cannot stand for various grody reasons.

The funniest comment was in the acknowledgements, where she thanks her editor/friend for "helping me see the light at the end of the tunnel," which to me makes it sound like she spent more than a full month on this spare little pamphlet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny! 4 Nov 2005
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I've been feeling particularily fat and out of shape these days, it's no surprise I was drawn to this book. I saw it at the bookstore and picked up to flip through and it was really funny! It made me laugh out loud and since the title says exactly what my friends and I say to each other, I bought my two best friends copies. Even though I still hate the gym, the author has such a funny take on it, and great names for all of the weirdos there that I laughed when I actually did make to the gym and recognized a few of the characters. (The Mirror Man - I hate The Mirror Man!) This book was a really fun read and made me feel like I'm not the only one who has to force themselves to go to the gym.
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