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Humiliation at the gym

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Yesterday I was feeling really tired, with a scratchy throat. With a potential cold coming on, I really thought about skipping the gym, but I talked myself into going. Next time I should listen to my instincts.

I decided on just a light workout, and did 15 minutes on the rowing machine. So far, so good.

Then comes my moment in the spotlight... I stood up, and without even pausing to get my balance (or apparently figure out which leg was which) I attempted to step over the machine to get off.

I'm not even sure what happened; either the seat slid forward and I got caught on it, or I simply didn't lift my leg up enough and totally tripped over the whole machine and went down like a sack of rocks.

Ow.

What the?

Ow.

How humiliating!

Ow.

The girl on the machine nearest me doesn't bat an eyelash. However, a young man nearby got off his machine to make sure I was all right. Embarrassing, but also made me feel better about humanity.

I got up as soon as I could and assured him I was all right (I wan't really, but there was nothing he could do about it), thanked him, and tried not to limp (or trip) going down the stairs.

My lower back had already begun to spasm, I could see a massive bruise beginning to swell on my calf, and my elbow had a matching bruise and carpet burn.

I went right into the shower and stood in the warm water and stretched my back, until the spasm feeling went away. Slathered all my owies with arnica gel and went to bed.

This morning my back is sore but not too bad. Very grateful to have come through with nothing more than bumps and bruises.
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  • v INBRAZILFORNOW
    Gosh, glad you're ok!
    954 days ago
  • v JOYINKY
    WOW! I'm so glad it wasn't a lot more serious! Lesson learned? Listen to your body. I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this, keep moving but keep it gentle. Hugs.
    956 days ago
  • v TERI-RIFIC
    I'm glad you're Ok. You can be an honorary member of my family's "fall of shame" if it would make you feel better. We have quite a collection, including deep snow, crowded chair lifts, ripped nylons with two bloody knees, off of docks, - well the list goes on. You fit right in because our motto is: deny anything hurts and leave quickly.
    957 days ago
  • v KANOE10
    I am glad your back is not serious even though it is sore. Don't feel bad. I went for walk and tripped over an uneven pavement and fell down. It is embarrassing. You handled yourself well and are taking good care of yourself. Those gym machines are packed in there and are easy to get tangled up over.

    Hope today you are feeling better. emoticon
    957 days ago
  • v MOTHEPRO
    Glad you're alright.
    957 days ago
  • v SASSYSAX
    I am sorry that happened to you and I hope your back will feel better soon. We all have things like that happen at one time or another. It was nice that the guy came and assisted you. The girl, well...what can I say? She was just plain rude.
    958 days ago
  • v HEALTHY-SPARK
    Ow is right! Don't you love how the one moment you might not be displaying ultimate grace -- is when you are in front of numerous people. At least the guy stopped to help you -- that's a little strange the girl next to you didn't even bat an eyelash. Geesh.

    Glad you managed to escape with mostly minor injuries and only a bruised ego.

    Way to go for wanting to get in a light workout though!
    958 days ago
  • v PANFRIEDTROUT
    sorry to read about your owie..... hopefully in a day or so, all the pain will be gone
    958 days ago
  • v HICKOK-HALEY
    Nothing worse then back spasms. Glad yo will be ok. Hope you feel better soon!!
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    958 days ago
  • v PURPLEPEONY
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    958 days ago
  • v GETSTRONGRRR
    Not so bad....if I had a nickle for every time a bumped myself or tripped in the gym.....well I could probably buy the gym.

    Don't let this deter you from going back
    958 days ago
  • v RORYLYONS
    So happy to hear nothing broken from the fall...The guy was sweet to get off his machine to help. emoticon emoticon
    958 days ago
  • v BOOERDEM
    Glad you are better today! I think every single one of us does something embarrassing at some point. We're all human!! emoticon
    958 days ago
  • v SABLENESS
    Glad only your pride was seriously injured!
    958 days ago
  • v PIXIE-LICIOUS
    I'm sorry you fell and hurt yourself...and your pride! How disgusting that the girl on the other machine couldn't be bothered to care. Unfortunately, that is just too typical nowadays, it seems. So glad that the young man did have concern, God bless him. I hope you are feeling better soon!
    958 days ago
  • v LISBETHSALANDER
    Glad you haven't sustained a permanent bruise to your ego and you are able to feel grateful this morning. Best wishes for a successful week.
    958 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    Ouch! I am so sorry. I have also had some embarrassing moments at the gym. I know that I still look back and remember that humiliation.

    I do hope that your pain decreases. emoticon
    958 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Glad you're all right. Many in the gym are just so incredibly self-involved. But in that crowd, it's nice that someone remembered that it's not all about the abs.

    Hope springs eternal!
    958 days ago
  • v WORDGIRL830
    Oh wow. I am glad you didn't suffer serious injuries, and that someone cared enough to see if you were okay. I hope you heal soon.
    958 days ago
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