Friday Gym Fun #2

A long, long time ago – aka, earlier this year, when I was but a baby blogger, I tried out a “Friday Gym Fun” post.  The assignment to a Friday was random,  and it’s been quite awhile since that first one – I’ve had a partial draft of a second saved for quite a long time.  And now, I’ve finally accumulated 5 more tidbits to share.  Do keep in mind, it’s been awhile.  How long is “awhile”?  Well, #1 should give you a hint…

#1: But Easter isn’t a holiday:

[Background information: Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and religions (Bhuddism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, and others).  There are several public holidays “allotted” to each religious group.  The Christian holidays are Christmas and Good Friday.  On all public holidays, my gym has adjusted hours and a special class schedule.]

As I was leaving the gym on Thursday, the day before Good Friday, the desk attendant reminded me that the gym would be on a public holiday schedule the next day.

Me: Ah – yes, thanks.  Is there a special schedule for Sunday?
Her: *looks confused* Why?
Me: Erm…for Easter.
Her: No.  Sunday’s isn’t a holiday – tomorrow is the holiday!
Me: (understanding what she meant, but still amused) Erm…just don’t tell the Christians that!

#2 Looks can be deceiving: I was on the treadmill one day, and a big, burly (weight-lifting style) guy claimed a treadmill two down from mine.  A moment later, his big burly friend came by and took the one between us.  I sighed, anticipating a sweaty, clompy, testosterone-laden passive aggressive race to start up next to me.

But these fellows surprised me so much.  They started at a walk, then proceeded for 30 minutes of very responsible, reasonably-paced run/walk intervals – exactly the kind of thing I would prescribe for my runners-to-be.  I felt so happy for them – and slightly disappointed at myself for pre-judging so quickly!

#3 Karma: I was in an RPM class recently when, about 20 minutes into class, one of the gentlemen near me started to smell quite bad (it definitely wasn’t me).  I sighed inwardly, rolled my eyes outwardly, and breathed through my mouth for the rest of class – all the while grumbling in my head about deodorant, clean workout gear, etc.

Two days later, I was in BodyPump when, halfway through class, for no apparent reason (my clothes were clean when I put them on that morning, and I showered/powdered/deodorized), I started to stink.  I got stinkier and stinkier as class went on.  Although I don’t usually smell like a rose by the time class ends, I seldom stink quite as badly as I did that day.  On a normal day, I think that only I, and KMN, get close enough to me to notice the stink.  But on this particular day, I had a much larger than normal “stink radius”.  Karma was most definitely at work here.  Henceforth, I shall try to be less judgey about smelly gym goers.  Maybe their laundry detergent was just having a bad day.

#4 Quotations from the Spin Room: Speaking of spin, one of my RPM instructors came out with this little gem sometime in June –

“You should now have a bit pf perspiration on your forehead.  If you don’t, you aren’t working hard enough.  Sweat is what tells you that your body is getting stronger.”

Well gosh, if that’s the case, I’m going to be muscle-woman by the time I leave Singapore.  I break a sweat walking to the bus stop!

#5 Two are better than one: Each of the vanities in the locker room has two hair dryers.  A few evenings ago, I saw a woman standing at the vanity, one hairdryer in each hand, aiming them at opposite sides of her head.  If that’s not Singaporean pragmatism and efficiency, I don’t know what is.

[Yes, this does mean that “Foodie Friday”, from my new blog plan, will have to share space with “Friday Gym Fun”, every once in awhile.  I think they’ll both survive.]

Seen anything unexpected/funny/surprising/hilarious at the gym/track/trail/running path lately?

14 thoughts on “Friday Gym Fun #2

  1. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    LOVE this! My running clothes get so stinky. We need to come up with the magic fabric that doesn’t stink before, during, and after running. Then we’ll be filthy rich!! Ba ha ha ha ha. But seriously, I try to stay away from EVERYONE after I run and then strip down at the earliest possible opportunity. Years of swimming taught me the value of deck change skills, so changing in the parking lot post-race is not a problem!

    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I thought the stink was bad when I was merely a running, and living in the US. Out here, I go through several changes of clothes a day, and with the temperature/humidity/difference in my sweat (?), the stink can be bad sometimes. I swore off “athletic laundry detergent”, then was convinced to try it again (when the clothes are REALLY smelly, I actually do think it helps). But I think I’m going to be trying a pre-wash vinegar soak soon. As much as I love buying workout gear, I don’t really want to make my current gear disposable!!

      And I think somehow we are long-lost sisters or something. I failed to include this in the race report, but after the 50K, I HAD to get out of my compression capris – but definitely didn’t want to fight my way into the restroom. So I grabbed the towel I had KMN bring, tossed it over my lap, and proceeded to put on some dry shorts. In plain sight.

      KMN: Holly, what are you DOING, wiggling around over there?!?!
      Me: Changing my shorts.
      KMN: OH…..

      PS I’m eating pineapple, and thinking of you!

      1. Grace

        Next time, bring a skirt! I frequently change in public before track or hills – just the other way around. Sometimes I change in the car. Sometimes in the parking lot.

        Stinkiness – it’s apparently random; I can eat the exact same thing from one day to the next and be able to smell myself one run, and smell like roses and marshmallows the next.

        ‘A bit of perspiration’? If I’ve been working hard I’m usually a puddle. I sweat at levels that are not really publicly acceptable, another reason I feel terribly out of place in gyms!

  2. Meagan

    I would have laughed out loud if I saw the lady at the vanity using both hair dryers! I would not have been able to help it. The gym having holiday hours for Good Friday but not for Easter is funny, too. I never thought about the mix of religions Singapore would have. It’s not that I arrogantly assumed everyone would be Christian, just that I hadn’t given it much thought.

    I can’t think of anything funny I’ve seen on the trail lately. Although I do have a random funny story from my 20 miler. At one point the Radford University men’s cross country team ran by Barry and me (Barry was on his bike, if you recall). They were all in shorts but no shirts. A couple of miles later we saw a post draped with red shirts where they had clearly tossed their shirts, to be picked up on their return. Barry joked that we should steal all the shirts. I countered his joke, saying we should steal them all and then hang one in a tree every half mile. We did neither, but it was fun to joke about 🙂

    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I’ll probably write more about the practicalities and policies of living in such a religiously diverse community at some point, but it was rather strange for me too at first – and Christmas is quite crazy – everything goes on as usual, really!

      Also – draping the shirts every half mile would have been HILARIOUS. If you ever do it – you should DEFINITELY take video!

  3. Shoe

    Hahahah number 5 was awesome… and I’m with you on the sweat! I break a sweat doing the slightest thing in Singapore! But I find a few degrees make a huge difference – at 25 degrees celcius I barely mist at all. Damn tropics!

    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Shoe, I have a whole pile (OK, it’s a small pile) of capris and shorts that I can’t wear in Singapore, because the potential for very un-ladylike sweat marks is simply too high. And that’s a darn shame, because personally, I think that bright pink capris are super cute…

  4. Kristen L

    Haha. Those are pretty funny. I haven’t been to the gym in a little while. I’m doing my running, yoga and strength workouts at home. I’ll be sure to let you know though next time something like this comes up. 🙂

  5. Alex @ therunwithin

    I think it is hilarious all the crazy things you will see at the gym, or happen. I have done far too many of the walk into doors or walls because I am so intrigued in my music or setting up for body pump. haha


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