I join a gym every year for six months – November to April. Once April comes around, I’m back on my bike outside but during those six months indoors, I make myself ( I REALLY don’t enjoy weightlifting) do some upper body work, plus I try to increase my running ability.
When I was younger, I logged a LOT of running miles, until the back of my knees started to shoot some incredibly sharp pains. My doctor strongly suggested that I stop running for a few months, give my body some time to heal, eventually buy a good pair of running shoes and attend a running clinic so that I could learn how to run properly.
That’s when I started cycling.
However, because of the muscle memory theory, I figured the whole feel of running would come back really quickly. I jumped onto the treadmill and upped the speed. I was ready for an aerobic challenge.
I hadn’t watched The Price is Right for many years but that’s what was showing on the TV screen in the gym. The show host was enticing a contestant, dressed like a jellyfish (actually, the costume was quite creative – this woman had managed to make a very convincing guise out of bubble wrap!) with a huge brightly colored box on stage. She had already won a $4,000 diamond watch and seemed content with this prize but the audience was heckling her, prodding her onward to bigger and better. I wanted her to take the watch and sit down.
Jellyfish lady chose the box.
When the pretty lady on stage lifted the lid on the box, a huge jack-in-the-box puppet jumped up. My eyes were glued to the TV screen and I stopped running.
Yup…you can picture it, can’t you? Like Lucy Ricardo in the old I Love Lucy show, I went backwards at a good clip and smashed into the wall behind me.
THANKFULLY, there was no witnesses to this escapade – the gym was empty at the time.
However, this gym happened to share a wall with a spa next door that was under some renovation and before I could gather myself off the floor with some semblance of dignity, a woman came flying through the door yelling, “I think there’s a wall coming down!” Talk about eating humble pie. I had to assure this woman that the THUMP she heard was my agile body smashing into the wall.
Just another lighthearted day in the gym.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Have you got any embarrassing gym workout stories? (I seem to have many!)
- Are you able to laugh at yourself? Why? Why not?
- Do you have someone in your life who makes you laugh?
speak truth: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17.22