My Gym OR Ode to Sweaty Nerds
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I am getting the impression that the number one cause of gym phobia among we who have a few pounds to lose are those really fit people who seem to be running a million miles per hour or grunting loudly as they lift some inhuman weight. It isn't just that they will look down on you, it is that they will make you look down on yourself. Blah.
Anyhow, I love my gym! It is small, and limited, and smelly, and and BUT it is
a) 7 minute walk away
b) full of nerdzzz
Thats right, spark folks, the Cambridge University gym is predictably filled with the geeks. A few are fit geeks but most are of the slightly chunky lady or underweight boy variety. Tans are few and far between and I fit in as I sit on an exercise bike making notations in a book of south american ethno politics. There are some grunts but mostly the whirr of the machines is broken only with the shuffle sounds of printed articles.
The location, beyond being near my house, is also a blessing since it keeps 99% of the undergraduates away. There is about a mile square the Cambridge Undergrads are willing to walk around in. The gym is outside of it. Golly some of them are horrid!
I don't mean that all the way, just a little bit of the way.
Perhaps the picture I paint is just a bit idealized but basically when I walk into that gym I know I am not the fittest person there but I am just as nifty at what i do (and as nerdy) as everyone else in the room and we are all equally stupid to have taken on PhDs. This gets me thinking...really anyone walking into any gym is on par with everyone else there, just because they are there. You know, being pro active and healthy and all that! YEAH
That almost made sense.
Ultimately the purpose of this post is to convince me to actually go to the gym now. I walked 4 miles today and was on my feet working for the rest of it so I want to wuss out. No. I've put the gym clothes on. I am going in!