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!