This gym rat (and I use that term loosely) is getting her stride going. Here are more observations.
Gyms have an odor. My gym is very clean. I’ve never seen a sweaty piece of equipment but it still smells like male body odor. My gym is about a 60-40 ratio of men to women at the time I go so I’m blaming the guys.
You don’t need to invest in stuff to look cool. All I need are some ear buds that dangle in my top (supposedly connected to something). No one knows what’s there so the ear buds alone will make me look cool.
Some people exercise with picnic coolers. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I go in for 30 minutes of intense (for me) exercise and I’m out of there. I drink water before and after but feel no need to carry a jug strapped to my body or in a wheel along cart. It’s not a desert and there is water available if a dust storm moves in. Several people walk around with a picnic satchel. They will pull out a ginormous bottle of some magic potion or a Turkish bath towel or some equipment that tells them how well they are doing. All I have is my inner voice saying “Hurry up and let’s get the hell out of here!” It works.
People are amazing. There is a woman my age or thereabouts. (Really, she looks older than me. I’d like to do a makeover for her.) She’s slight and small and she bench presses with the best of them. Yikes.
My gym is not about the clothes. (In a way it’s disappointing. I was looking for an excuse to buy more clothes.) I think that’s pretty cool. Women wear stretch yoga pants or sweat pants and tee shirts. It’s all practical and not necessarily attractive.
My gym is also not about how you look which is also very cool. I exercise in the morning before coffee or showers (and there are times I can’t remember if I combed my hair). Despite it being a mixed gym, it’s not a meat market. I’ve aged out of the meat market decades ago so maybe there is some canoodling in back of the weight rack.
The temperature is set and it’s comfortable. I was expecting it to be cold. My ladies gym was always cold. I wore a hoody year round. Then again the thermostat was managed (and argued over) by post-menopausal women. I remember the arguments over whether the temperature should be set at 60 degrees or 62 degrees. The new gym is closer to 68 to 70.
Now about that equipment that I have to lie to about my age. I have found out it’s a recumbent bike. We have a very rocky relationship. Today it told me that after spending a good bit of time on it I burned 16 calories. Seriously? An orange has more calories. (By the way, who put calories in fruit? It’s all water and should be 0 calories!)