Gym Joy!

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. 😉

22 thoughts on “Gym Joy!

  1. Above average – well, I always knew you were special but that wasn’t quite how I would have phrased it:) I hate/love walking lunges. I find them “easier” than the stationary kind but they make me sorer. Sore is the loving part. I am all about that smiling and saying “hi” at the gym. Makes it a better place for me too:)

  2. I think this might just have been the time that I liked to hear “above average.”

    When the Zumba instructor asked me today how the class was I told her it went well given the fact I was cussing her (in my head of course) by the end of class…above average/curse the instructor – it works, and if it keeps the arguments minimumized that we have with our bums, so be it.

  3. Above average…INDEED!!! I can’t wait to read about he giant condom outfit, I confess. But in the meantime, I promise to give an extra big smile and encouragement to someone who looks confused at the gym :)

  4. Giant Condom (dresses like)….. can’t wait. Gosh however I write that it looks very odd.

    Congratulations on being above average. A lovely accolade. I wonder if anyone will ever say that abut me. It would be such a change from, ;Can do better.’

  5. Dresses like a giant condom?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Oh I have to hear this… can you discretely take a picture?

  6. Ha! That’s REALLY funny. I love your suggestion to try to be nice to newbies at our gyms.

    It just goes to show how a compliment from a stranger (when sincerely intended) can MAKE someone’s day–we should more often compliment strangers when they impress us :)

  7. Above average! That’s great; however, I would cringe at first if I heard that about myself. I’d say, “Above average? Just above average? I’ll show you. Pretty soon, I’ll be FAR above average.” And that’s how I’ve operated in life… mostly in all of my educational pursuits… always seeking to excel. That’s a good thing but only until it’s detrimental.

    In fitness, I’d take above average ANY day of the week!!!

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  9. Cammy, you are sooooooooooooo above average! I loved this story.. loved it & so well deserved!

    As for that butt thing, maybe we can tag team on ladies our age & the butt! 😉 Honestly, I can’t tell you how much work I do for the legs and butt & age just has this way of slapping you! I do the best I can but under those shorts of mine is the age showing & short of some “help” from the doc office, I doubt it will be what I want it to be & I just keep getting older! 😉

    Got to love those walking lunges! A love/hate thing???

  10. What an awesome compliment! And I for one am looking forward to hearing the story about the guy dressed like a condom… LOL!

  11. Cammy this is a really funny story. The curse of the personal trainer OR the curse of the person the personal trainer is targeting! HA! Either way, before you even made the statement about being above average, when you said you were doing a circuit of lunges and dips, it popped in my head something along the same lines.

    Women in general are targeted as not knowing how to workout at the gym. Glad you shoed them otherwise!

  12. ……OH! You WERE serious when you said that the condom-man would have to wait for another day. I was fully expecting you to be teasing me. Well, I guess tomorrow it is, then.
    Thank you for mentioning the newbies at the gym. I haven’t been back in years because I never really felt welcome there; however, doing my work at home does have it’s perks so I’m not complaining.

  13. Walking lunges; you will be sore! I’m not a big gym junkie. I’m so lucky to have a mini one in my condo that is like a home gym

  14. I absolutely love this story! Now I know a bit more about how hard you work yourself out too!
    I’m just so glad that happened to you.

  15. I love this, too. and yet. my misfit childish mind is mad at you for teasing us with the CONDOM MAN.
    what does that look like?!

    i await.
    i await.

  16. Happy New Year! We already knew you were above average ;). Maybe you can get the kickboxing guy to give you a few free passes so you can check out the class without having to shell out the $$$.

    Sorry I’ve been MIA lately and haven’t been commenting. I got so far behind in my reader and haven’t been spending much time on the computer (which is a good thing). I’ve been reading from my new smartphone but it’s almost impossible to comment from there.

    I hope you enjoyed the holidays, the hand is feeliing better and you have an amazing 2011.

    Thank you for all the encouragement and support you’ve given me over the past couple of years. Who knew consistency and determination would eventually pay off? (YOU!!!) Cheers to a fantastic 2011!

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