Jamaica Photo Fakeout: Another reason to be suspicious of people who smile in gyms

by admin on September 1, 2009


"Hey, baby. Think this photo's real?"

It's not.

It's not.

Alright: it has been established that Montego Bay has to be seen to be believed. That is, the photos on some Montego Bay hotels’ websites are not to be believed. *Ahem*

You see, we have learned to be distrustful of smiling gym-goers — nobody smiles at the gym unless there’s some shady photo faking-out going on — and so when we happened upon this photo of some grinning stationary-bikers giving each other the “eyes” at The Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, we were a wee bit suspicious — and, as it turns out, for good reason.

While we can vouch for the existence of pretty views and gym equipment at this resort (it appears that the shot was taken in a yoga or pilates studio-ish space), we can also verify that the pretty views and gym equipment do not exist as one — because the cardio equipment is in a different room. Specifically, this room. And it’s yellow, which we assume is supposed to make you happy enough to forget about the fact that your expectations of ocean breezes and hot, confident and into-you dudes on cardio machines have been thwarted.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Russell October 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Personally, I would be a lot more inclined to go to the place pictured on the right. I hate hotel “gyms” that consist of 3 or 4 pieces of cardio equipment. The place on the right looks nicer than the place I pay $35 a month to be a member of.

K October 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Did you ever think that when the pictures were taken that the yoga room was maybe perhaps the cardio room? And that that they have simply moved some equipment into another room? Thats not a faked photo, its furniture rearrangement. If that gym room exists in that resort, then its pretty real to me.
And maybe people don’t smile at you at the gym because you’re not worth smiling at.

Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

The picture on the right looks way better, i’d rather go to that gym. Perhaps you should sell the photo to them.

J October 23, 2009 at 10:51 am

Seriously. The gym on the right is SUPERB for a hotel gym. If it features free weights, a squat rack, etc. I’d hit this gym up over another gym that doesn’t

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