Gym Heros

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

When you build a routine, like going to the gym every morning before work, you quickly identify people who have the same routine.

So, over 2 months in to my every morning work out before work routine, I know who to expect at the gym in the morning...I know the guy at the desk and the trainers (and they know me, because I am there every day!)

And I know the buff older guy who wears a hat to cover his grey hair (the only give away to his does make a difference!)

I know the middle aged lady whose body does not yet reveal her devotion to spin class...but I know she's in that class three mornings per week.

I know the Polish guy with the big belly who (in my opinion) rests a bit too long on machines between his weight lifting routine. And his buddy, the much fitter older Polish gentleman who does a tight routine of clearly old school (but apparently effective) calesthenics.

And the middle aged couple...the wife who always tells me in the locker room after a good workout that "walking out this door is the best part of my day!"

All of these people are heros...because if I recognize them, regardless of where they are in their fitness journey, they are getting it done. I smile at these people when I see them because I know how much work is involved in getting it done.

But. There's the one lady who I want to be when I grow up. I see her there every morning without fail. She comes in, gets 'er done and it shows! She's quite a bit shorter than me and I am blown away by the obvious effort she puts in to her fitness. I hope someday my arms look half as good as hers.

And she knows who I am. Because as it turns out, I am one of THOSE people now. The ones that are at the gym every day without fail. The ones who are recognized by other people because of their consistency.

And I love it!
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  • JENNNY135
    Love your blog, I can't wait to get into a routine at my gym. I just started taking classes at the local Y this week and hope to develop a rapport with my classmates.

    2145 days ago
    Such a great blog!

    I, too, love my routines. And I love the comfort and familiarity that comes with seeing the same faces regularly, in the same routines. You can't help but feel a connection with them, even if you don't know their name, have never spoken, and have totally different lives. It is almost an unspoken commitment.

    Gym Heros... never thought of it that way, but it is very true!!

    2145 days ago
    I love those people; After a while, you start to share smiles and waves as you go, because you recognize a sort of kinship in your efforts. You don't know them, you don't know their stories, but you SEE their devotion and activity.

    There's three in particular at my gym, not counting the ones I've gotten to know through my classes, whom I know by name and are my friends.

    1) A very overweight young black woman who leaves me in total awe at her endurance and dedication. She's been going for MONTHS, and I see the difference in her body, though I haven't had the courage to speak up to her yet. She's so intense, I don't want to intrude. We do share smiles occasionally now.

    2) An older asian gentleman who's always there when I am, and we just wave and grin and shake our heads in commiseration.

    3) A sweet hispanic lady with poor english who just joined our group classes, who's been hanging out shyly at the door recently and just worked up the courage to join...a nd who can run circles around me in boot camp.

    I love them all, and I admire their persistence so much. I like having them around.
    2145 days ago
    So one of the things I've been thinking about is both choosing and (the possibility of) being a gym hero.

    When I first started coming back, I was embarrassed to be at the gym for the first time pretty much ever. I felt fat, like I didn't belong.

    And now, appreciating the diversity that is the workout community at my gym between 6:30-8:15 am, I am seeing that it is exactly where I belong.

    And maybe, just maybe? Being an obese woman who still gets it done, shows up every day and doesn't make excuses will make me someone's hero someone else that it's doable, that mere mortals (not just those with the body of Adonis) can and should be at the gym.
    2145 days ago

    So very much know how this feels. I've definitely been going regular enough that I'm recognizing other regulars in "my" time slots. I don't know that I've yet picked out a hero (or role-model) so much as just being happy that so many people make their health and fitness a part of their life.

    (I do love the variety of people, from the muscle-bound to the lean and sleek, the tall to the short, the skinny to the fat-bound, the young to the old, the men and the women. There is no "type" that outnumbers the others. And I am SO proud of those who are there to work, sweating away, cleaning after themselves. Woot to those heroes!)
    2145 days ago
    What a great feeling to realize you're part of a community. And a healthy one at that! I think it also helps with accountability. Good for you!

    2145 days ago
    Loved this blog! I wish I could go to a gym, but it's just not in the cards yet. Soon, maybe!
    2146 days ago
    This blog inspired me. I recognize the same people at the gym every day. I go to 2 different gyms.. one in the morning and the other at night.
    2146 days ago
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