Spin Rage, Update

May 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm 31 comments

Bike Rage

Back in September, on a now-no-longer-updated-blog, I made note of a story about a Wall Street broker who assaulted a fellow member in a spinning class at a gym in New York City:

I can understand driving rage. Maybe even “Ben & Jerry’s free cone day” rage. (That Cherry Garcia is mm-mm-good. If someone cuts in front of me at free cone day — which should really be a national holiday, don’tchathink? — watch out! I am liable to get freaky on the line-cutter.)

But this… Spin rage (?!) Wow.

According to the article: “Christopher Carter, 44, a broker at Maxim Investments Group, was at Equinox gym taking a spin class, a high-impact workout using stationary bikes. He apparently became so fed up by member Stuart Sugarman’s hooting and grunting during the workout that he picked up Sugarman and his bike and hurled them into a wall.”

Be careful out there, kiddos. Even at the gym. And watch out for those middle-aged Wall Street broker types wearing $150 bike kits to spinning class at the YMCA. They just really, really need to spin.

Well, almost nine months after the Spin Rage incident, the case heads to court. Details of the courtroom drama are provided by the NY Post:

He just can’t help the grunting.

Nor can he help shouting “Woo-woo!” or “Great song!” or “Good burn,” or – inexplicably, “You go, girl!”

That’s what a spin-class workout is all about, hedge-fund manager Stuart Sugarman testified today, taking the stand as the victim in the bizarre case of an Upper East Side gym assault.

“These are words that would get me charged up and really come out automatically,” Sugarman, 48, told a jury, describing the prologue to a brutal spin-class smackdown that jangled his vertebrae and landed him in the hospital for 10 days.

“I try to get into the zone,” he explained of what both sides called his “vocalizations.”

To read more, check out “Grunt and Center. Stomped gym guy: my noise all part of spin-class culture.” (Love those NY Post headlines.)

Play, think…
J.R. Atwood

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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