For Stuart Sugarman, 48, any amount of noise goes. From the witness stand in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, Mr. Sugarman told a jury about grunting during a good workout and releasing exclamations of "you go girl," and "great song."
"Are you psyched?" an assistant district attorney, Brigid Harrington, asked Mr. Sugarman, in an effort to explore his mind-set during spinning class.
"I am," Mr. Sugarman said.
And what did his psycheness get him? Humiliation.
Mr. Sugarman said he hit the wall behind him hard when Mr. Carter lifted up his bike. Although he continued to pedal throughout the remaining half-hour of the class, Mr. Sugarman said his body grew numb.
"I was in shock," Mr. Sugarman said. "I was in searing pain but I didn't know what to do."
He continued a little later: "The class is mostly women and it's pretty embarrassing for a guy who is athletic to have this happen to him."
[Confidential to both guys: stop all the spinning and take a look at this.]