For lengthy sections of The Only Way is Essex episode one, we watched in boredom as James ‘Arg’ Argent and pal Dan Edgar dossed about in the gym.
The scene helped cut a different backdrop from the usual bar and coffee shops, but it got us thinking…
Why does every reality TV soap shoot a gym scene like this?
Arg's little dance in the gym was my favourite part of that entire episode ? #TOWIE
— Rebecca Male (@Rebecca_Male) March 25, 2018
Made in Chelsea is jokes you know. You met someone awkwardly for less than 5 minutes and now you’re going up to them in the gym, giving them two cheek kisses and asking them their personal business #Madeinchelsea #mic
— sophie gilman (@sophgilman) March 19, 2018
In the world of reality TV, going to the gym is a statement of fashion. From your choice of sneakers to sweatbands and branded water bottle, you need to dress like a sports brand ambassador.
Episode one of TOWIE saw Arg and Dan repping their all-in-one Nike tracksuits, both fully zipped up to their chins with Arg even boasting Under Armour for his sausage legs.
Like, do reality TV stars not sweat?
And where are all the Lucozade bottles that have been refilled with water? How about sweat towels? People wearing their old “leavers 2008” school T’s?
Lashes & Nails
Of course, when Clelia was thrown into the mix with the two iron-pumping lads, she was sweat-free and sparkling in makeup.
Because everyone puts on lip gloss, eyeliner and mascara for the gym, right?
People probably skimmed over the blonde-haired women sat down doing her curls during a mix of shots.
Don’t worry, we got her.
The perfectly placed extra must have known what was going on.
Usually, if someone points the camera lens of a phone your way, looking as if they could be filming your horrendous attempts at exercise, well, you drop the weights and get the hell out of there.
For the blonde lady, however, she was a beacon of light for reality TV extras who want to be caught in action while at the gym.
We didn’t actually witness any single form of exercise from Arg, Dan or Clelia.
Well, Dan did complete a set of two hammer curls, while Arg danced a weird sort of jig.
And this is how reality TV stars get fit … apparently.
— Only Way is Essex (@OnlyWayIsEssex) March 25, 2018
Heart to Heart
According to reality TV, you should spend around 98% of your time in the gym talking about personal issues with your friends.
Episode one of TOWIE had Arg inquiring into Dan’s love life, with Clelia, the girl Dan is seeing, popping up for a slice of the action.
There’s no better time for a good ol’ chinwag.
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