Wearing Big Girl Pants at the Gym

Happy Wednesday, Fancy Oatmeal Readers!

Can you guess what part of the body I focused on today at Snap Fitness?  I’ll give you a hint:

It’s all in preparation for the Jacksonville 5k Stadium Challenge that I (stupidly) signed up for on August 4th.

After running a nice, breezy 6 miles on the treadmill, while listening to a WTF podcast interview with Kevin Hart, I decided to try some of the “Big Boy” weight machines at the gym.  I am usually ok doing either my own workouts from Pinterest using hand weights, or even utilizing some of the individual move machines (that’s their official name, right???).  However, when it comes to the barbells and stacking weights, I am usually nowhere to be seen.  This is because this big weight lifter guys intimidate that hell out of me!

Yea, I don’t wanna be part of that.  And I certainly don’t want to end up like this:

But I thought it would be a good idea to dip my toe into the waters, if for no other reason than I was 100% alone in the gym again and nobody would be there to point and laugh at me if I used the machines incorrectly.

Again, I’m going to use the terminology that I’ve been using in my head, and will maybe look up the right words later.  Probably not.  But, I used the Jungle Gym machine, and specifically the part with the ropes, levers, and pulleys; all the stuff from Freshmen science that I didn’t learn because I was too busy thinking of adaptations for Mr. Kremschreider’s name.  Anyways, because it was “Leg Day,” I went with the following exercises:

  1. Leg Lift
  2. Leg Lift to the Side
  3. Leg Lift to the Other Side

There were all sorts of different attachments that were around the base of the Jungle Gym, so I scouted out one that looked like it could fit around my ankle comfortably.  I did almost my first circuit of exercises before I realized I was using the wrong cuff.  I mean, who knew!  I only read Fifty Shades of Grey; I don’t know how to use all those fancy schmancy attachments!

Eventually, I figured it out and went about my merry way.

Yea, that’s right…I was trying to use the cuff that is made for Andre the Giant’s neck injuries.  Again, blessed to be at Snap Fitness where the machines are as awesome as the fact that nobody was there to witness my bought of denseness.

Question of the Day: What is something embarrassing that has happened to you that you’re glad nobody was around to witness?

4 thoughts on “Wearing Big Girl Pants at the Gym

  1. I feel like my life is a stream of embarrassing situations! lol.

    you can always ask a trainer or someone from the gym how to use something if you’re unsure. better safe than sorry – it’s so easy to get hurt with the wrong form.

    i love wtf podcast!!

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