Richland Gyms and How NOT to Work Out In One

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I go to the gym right near the office, at Columbia Point.  There are no showers or changing rooms, no fitness experts hanging around, and no ‘beautiful people’ showing off their perfect bodies.  Usually when I go, there are a couple older gentlemen and a young woman and one or two other people around.  One of the older guys always wears his khakis and a belt and a tucked-in polo shirt for his walk in the treadmill.  He always looks so formal!

On Wednesday it was a treadmill day for me.  I hopped onto the treadmill a couple down from Mr. Formal and set a course and began walking (2.3 % incline, 2.5 mph).  I closed my eyes for a second to relax and get into the walking groove.  I opened my eyes a moment later to find myself at the edge of the treadmill, just about to fall off!  Which I promptly did.

I inadvertantly yelled and everyone turned to look at me.  Because everyone was looking at me and I wanted to affect a sort of ‘I-meant-to-do-that’ demeanor, I tried to get right back on the horse that threw me.  Except I forgot that it it was still on.

So, that’s right, I fell AGAIN.

Mr. Formal calls out in a helpful tone, “You need to turn it OFF first.”

My friends have asked me if I went ahead and worked out or if I slinked out in shame.  I am proud to report I didn’t let that incident deter me from my workout ( I have 60 pounds to lose, afterall).

But I awoke the next morning feeling as if I’d been in a boxing match.  And lost.  I was extremely sore and bruised on my arms and legs.

So the lesson here is as follows – great gym, good pricing, helpful people.  Whether you make an absolute idiot of yourself is up to you!



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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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