I’ve observed that too many Gyms have Pizza places right below them. Too many. I’m not sure how this is supposed to work at all.

When I was a child, I wondered why the same kinds of shops set up next to each other – for example, two supermarkets right down the road, or two competing coffee chains, or even, get this: 10 Gold shops in the same market. This applies even to small, local businesses which set up shop in a bazaar kind of situation – how do they even operate to make a profit? Won’t people end up going to the same place to buy stuff, because of consumer preferences?

Someone then told me that it was more likely that businesses of the same kind that set up next to each other will be successful, because of the fact that they’re next to each other and likelihood that someone who comes to the market will end up buying from one of the shops, rather than none. I don’t fully buy into the explanation, but it seems to work for a lot of businesses – especially where demand is high.

But coming back to the pizza/gym conundrum. Why are gyms setting up in the same building that pizza places are? From what society informs me about, these two products clearly do not go together. I know I’d be super demotivated from entering the gym if all I could smell was garlic butter hitting bread. Wow.

Just thinking of that smell is making me hungry.

Maybe it’s a negative psychology thing. You feel so guilty about thinking about pizza that you go and work out harder or more intensely?

But what about the pizza place.

Do people consume pizza after gymming? To regain carbohydrates or something?

This is a mystery I am eager to solve.



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