So I love going to the gym. I plug in. Do my thing. No one in America really stops to talk to you unless they really need something. Even then, they usually just use hand motions. BUT THIS IS NOT AMERICA, THIS IS CHINA. I am the only foreigner that goes to this gym. I am also the only girl that actually works out at this gym and I go every day so people have taken notice. People stare at you, they talk about you, and even point at you. I was doing a 40 minute running and jogging hit sequence on the treadmill (pretty much listening to Sweatpants by Childish Gambino the entire time because I’m obsessed and it gets me pumped up) when a semi circle of guys formed around my treadmill. They were all ooohing and ahhhing at my running. They were being nice but it was still super uncomfortable. One of the personal trainers at the gym even walked over to take some notes, it was a little weird. After my run, I went over to do some light weight lifting. Now most gyms that I’ve gone to in America have all the weight organized on the shelf. It is just commonly accepted that when you are done using the weights, you just put them back where they belong. NOT HERE. The weights are literally just scattered everywhere! It’s basically finding a needle in a hay stack trying to find the little weights that I use. I found a pair of weights but they were a little too light for me but I was sick of looking for the ones I wanted so I just started using them. After a few minutes, this huge body builder starts walking towards me with these tiny little weights. I was insulted. Like bitch, I can handle the ones I’m using just fine. As he handed them to me, I realized they were actually larger than the ones I was using. He was just so big which made the weights look so small! It was so sweet of him, he handed them to me and said “加油！“ with an embarrassed smile which means like “keep going!” or “keep it up!” After weight lifting, I went in for a yoga class. I’ve taken a lot of yoga classes at this gym so all of the instructors know me pretty well. I’m probably the most advanced student in the class so the teacher always has me demonstrate which was incredibly awkward the first time. He literally just sat up front yelling at me. It took me a minute to realize he was talking to me and that he wanted me to demonstrate but once I caught on to what he was saying, it was fine. I also love taking cycling classes here, the instructors are great and the music is always a hilarious mix of Chinese techno. Everyone sings along to the songs, it’s a blast! I also end up taking a lot of selfies with random people at the gym. The cycling instructor actually ran after me at the end of one of her classes to take a picture with me, it was really cute but we were both a sweaty mess.