The toughest health club in the world?

March 28, 2011

EU-SUMMIT/

Sir, thanks for stopping by for a tour of our health club. We’re very proud of our facilities.

EU-SUMMIT/Is there anything you’re especially looking for in a new gym? Spinning classes? Free weights? Yoga?

Yes, I need a lot of tough, no-nonsense personal trainers. At my last health club I could never find one, so I never knew if I was doing the exercises right.

Say no more, sir, you’ve come to the right place.

gym showers 280All of our workouts are done under the careful scrutiny of hundreds of helmeted personal trainers who totally surround our barbed wired exercise room. Nobody cheats at our gym.

Wow, that’s very impressive!

Look, I’ll show you what I mean. YOU! In the coat up there! Keep your back parallel to the ground when you do a push-up!

gym colonic 280Hey pal, you in the red hat! You call that a leg lift? I want that shoe to touch the top of the wire, or you’ll do it again!

That’s just what I need! Count me in! Here’s my membership fee. Say, what are those other guys doing?

I saved the best for last, sir. They’re having the mandatory new-member high colonic…

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Top and bottom left: A demonstrator shows his bottom to riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels, March 24, 2011.

Left: A demonstrator taunts riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels, March 24, 2011.

Right:A demonstrator falls after getting sprayed by water canons as he tries to face the riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels, March 24, 2011.

REUTERS photos by Thierry Roge

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The first photo reminds me of several lines from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Specifically, ‘You stupid English kin-iggits, I fart in your general direction’.

The guys behind the wire should be thankful that this rocket scientist didn’t have a cigarette lighter on him.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

BG, are you psychic??? How did you know I was up early this morning exercising before I get ready for work? Lamar??? Is that you???

happy Monday all. Hope this week is better than last week! :)

I wonder if those water cannons would get all the pollen off of my car…

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

First pic: Would riot police carry gas masks with them?
Second pic: Shooooooes! :P
Third pic: The Belgian version of the public shower.
Fourth pic: No gas mask? Fall!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

And wooooh…is that smoke plume coming out of the rioter in the first pic?? Holy smoke!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Thank you for not showing that guy’s derrier… i mean, I thank the photographer…. think I would have lost half my lunch…
Else, I think they are doing a pretty good job exercising…
Go on! Shape those bums and tums and thighs!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Bottom’s up! :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

ah, yes. Nosmo is right.

“Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn’t you?”

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Now bring me some medi-donuts, or I shall taunt you for a second time.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Sorry its so cold here…just cant bare it :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

In the top pic the demonstrator thought he was being all rebellious by sticking his bum at the police. In the bottom pic he is crawling away in shame after the riot police applied use of their riot batons.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Is it just me who thinks water cannon look like fun?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

The first dude got Boot Camp confused with Toot Camp.

What is with the Belgians that they feel it necessary to disrobe whenever there is a protest?

Crow: maybe if you had a plastic saucer or something to sit on and the water was aimed behind it so it would scoot along the street. Otherwise, I think I’d stay out of the way of the water canon.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Agree with One’s description of enjoying a water cannon… things would be a little less painful that way…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

One; not THAT side of the water cannon!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive