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 age...fitness 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!