One of those great gym moments today…and right when I needed it, too, as I was Near Death at the time. (Those walking lunges will do that to you if you’re not careful.) I, of course, thought of you guys when it happened. Well, I was thinking about you before that, too, but mostly I was wondering how mad y’all would be if I didn’t live to have the drawing for the EatSmart Bathroom Scale.
Okay, here’s what happened. Last week, a nice guy at the gym struck up a conversation just as I as getting started with my workout and he was finishing up his workout. I thought he was just being friendly, or was just mightily impressed with my near-perfect wall sit. As it turns out, he’s a kickboxing instructor and personal trainer who was trying to drum up business. (Plus, I think he just likes to talk.)
Today we began our workouts at the same time, and he spoke again–to say hello and to suggest I get a trainer. (I’m sure he had one in mind.) Anyway, we both continued our workouts and would exchange a few pleasantries as our paths crossed. Simple friendliness, no sales talk.
As I was nearing the end of my second circuit (the Imminent Death part that involved walking lunges and bench dips with my feet on a step), he stopped by and said the words that won my heart:
“Save your money; you don’t need a trainer. You’re definitely above average.“
Thud! Above average. *happy sigh*
I get frustrated sometimes when I can’t do as many reps or lift as much as I think I should, and walking lunges are one of the sharpest thorns in my side. Not to mention my butt, but that’s a post for another day. My point is that it’s all too easy to forget about the progress I’ve made. From non-existent workouts to “above average” in only 3-1/2 years–I’ll take it! LOL
Taking a slight turn here: I see lots of people signing up for gym memberships (’tis the season!), but so far my gym isn’t overly crowded at 1 p.m. when I exercise. There are definitely more people there, but it’s not uncomfortable, for which I will pause and have a gratitude moment.
One thing I’ve been doing (and not just lately) that I’d like to offer as a suggestion, if you haven’t already considered it. When you’re at the gym, please keep an eye out for folks who might look new and tentative (or possibly nauseous) and give them a bright smile and/or an encouraging word. A simple ‘hi’ and a smile can go a long way to easing newbie discomfort and helping them see they are in the right place!
I’ve got another gym story for you (about a guy who dresses like a giant condom for his workouts), but I’m so tired I can hardly sit upright. It’s 7:30 p.m. and after checking a few more blogs, this gal is headed for bed!
Above average, indeed. 😉