If you go to the gym regularly, you’re bound to see some strange things. I’ve already written a post about weird things that I’ve learned at the gym. But recently, I seem to have witnessed more “warm and fuzzy” moments than weird ones.
And, since it’s Friday (or late on Thursday, or early on Saturday – depending on what time zone you’re in), let’s have a little “Fun Gym Things” Friday celebration, with some moments I’ve witnessed over the past 2 weeks. [Nope, I’m not linking up with any other bloggers for this. It’s not a Twitter hashtag. I just made it up, on the spot, just a moment ago. But if it takes off like crazy, just remember you saw it here first.]
#1: Rodeo Bull Riding When you’re a runner, who is mildly cursing running for probably contributing to your current bout of plantar fasciitis, watching bull riding while plodding along on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical is an AWESOME idea. In comparison, the sport of running sounds just about as safe as staying in bed. [See Mom and Dad, I could have picked a really DANGEROUS sport!] I mean, seriously. Those guys strangle their hands with a rope, hunker down really tightly, then hold on for about 6-whiplash-full seconds, before falling at the feet of a bucking, thousand-plus pound bull. *shudder* [PS Bull riding accounts for 50% of all rodeo-related injuries. Go figure.]
#2: Jumping rope A young lady was working with a Personal Trainer, and obviously learning how to jump rope for the first time. Really cute. And after a few hesitant turns, she really was getting the hang of it. I love seeing “learning” connections made, whether in the classroom or on the gym floor. Made me smile!
#3: Friendly Motivation I saw a group of four friends having an impromptu plank competition, good-naturedly arguing over whose butt was disqualifyingly high in the air. Love seeing friends support each other on their way to their fitness goals – and peer pressuring each other into good form, too!
#4: Family Motivation I saw a mother/daughter team working with a Personal Trainer. Mom seemed skeptical about the whole thing. I know nothing of their history, and heard none of their discussion, but the story I made up in my head involved the daughter signing up with her Mom, in order to convince her Mom to get started at the gym. I also love seeing FAMILIES support each other on their way to their fitness goals.
#5: Do I Know You? Random guy giving me a “smile and nod” on our way into Body Pump yesterday. After I got my place set up (while wracking my brain over who he was) I had to go over and admit defeat: “Sorry – you obviously know me, but I don’t know you – can you help me out?” Embarrassingly, he was on the bike next to me in spin class the previous evening. We’d even lamented to each other over a particularly loud track during the session. But this was at a different branch of the gym, in different clothes, and I definitely didn’t recognize him. [And, I’m sorry to admit, that sometimes Chinese guys “all sorta look the same” to me.] Ooops. But he was super-nice, and even insisted on getting me two more risers for my step, even though I really insisted that I didn’t need them. [Either that or he was trying to kill me during the new-release “starfish jumps off the step” set at the end of the second legs track.] Anyway, I plan to remember him from now on. 🙂
So there’s a quick look at what has been making me smile lately.
Seen any smile-worthy moments at the gym (or otherwise) lately?