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At the gym

Friday, April 27, 2018

My husband goes to the gym at 6:30am. All those years of commuting into New York City conditioned his body for an early rise, and it continues on today, well into his retirement.

I prefer to go to the gym after everyone else has left. In fact, I probably would like it best if everyone were gone, with the whole gym to myself. Of course that never happens.

Our gym is part of the local YMCA, so after the early commuters leave, the young moms arrive, drop off their little ones into a day program, and take over the exercise equipment. And, I might add, they do it in style. Many of them are quite beautiful, in their tights, and form hugging tops, with their peaches and cream skin, and their thick, flowing hair casually twisted and placed on top of their heads.

It's the older crowd I want to be part of, sometime after lunch in the p.m.

That is when you find folks with more lumps, bumps, wrinkles, and scars, wearing loosely fitting clothing, and working just a little slower on all the machines.

That's my crowd. I am wearing black sweat pants with an extra large black cotton top, and black sneakers worn only in the gym. I don this outfit at home, sparing myself from exposing bare body parts to strangers in the locker room.

My loose clothing also helps to hide the wiggles and jiggles produced by some exercises, along with the awkward poses required for those thigh muscle builders.

My eyes are usually staring straight ahead, either at a screen, or unfocused, and I'm fairly confident that everyone else is doing the same. The atmosphere is one of self-congratulation: we are here and working on it, still keeping it all together as best we can.

If the weather is bad, I will use the treadmill for 2 or 3 miles. When the weather is good, though, I prefer to walk outside, enjoying the sights, sounds, and feel of nature.

I leave the gym feeling very good. It is with a real sense of accomplishment that I get into my car and drive home.

I can just feel those muscles growing...

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    I'm a fan of 10am workouts.

    What a change in my personal views of myself since I've been exercising in the pool these past 3 years. First shy and covered, I was shocked to see so many women who easily moved around in the locker room from the showers sans clothes!.
    Slowly I entered the "sisterhood of the traveling jiggles".
    Maybe my area has so many women from other cultures where the "girls club" is the norm. Anyway, I feel better now and am surprised to have many conversations while dressing and helping a few elderly ladies dress and it all seems so normal now.

    199 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah the comfort of finding out niche.
    Kudos to you for getting out there and looking for it.
    Even if we do not find it, do what you need to do for you... you never know when you may even be an inspiration for someone.

    200 days ago
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    201 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    201 days ago
    I understand completely. Fortunately, I go to a fitness center which is run by our local hospital and it's used for PT and fitness and is 95% older adults, mostly retired. There all all shapes and sizes and I feel very comfortable. I give us a lot of credit for going to the gym and doing the best we can to stay healthy. Let's face it, we are emoticon
    201 days ago
    when i belonged to the gym they had a girls work out room it took me awhile to venture out to all areas and feel confident, i miss the gym but i cant afford it anymore, good blog
    201 days ago
    It's great to find your group at your time in the gym world: silent support!!
    201 days ago
    I can totally relate. I don't have access to a gym but if I did I would prefer the same crowd you do. I certainly would not want to be between Superman and Wonder Woman. I prefer walking outside too. Prefer exercising with one other person really but alone is okay too.
    201 days ago
    good job!
    202 days ago
    That's great that you are motivated to go to the gym! You paint a clear picture of what's going on, and I applaud you for hanging in there.
    Keep up the good work!
    202 days ago
    I'm a mom of young kids and definitely don't fit the mold of the person you described above. I'm not slender, fit, and perfect looking. I remember in college working out in the gym with all the cute skinny girls in short shorts and I was the only frumpy one. It's hard to ignore the "perfect" looking people at the gym. But it's even more intimidating when you're their age! I avoid the gym entirely and work out outside.
    202 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Excellent. Blessings on your journey.
    202 days ago
    Great job keep up the good work.
    202 days ago
    Good for you. Have a nice day.
    202 days ago
    202 days ago
    Yep, that's my crowd, too. I try to hit the gym between the aquasize classes so that more lap lanes are available in the pool, and if I'm doing weights before the high schoolers from across the road show up to show off their young, unconsciously gorgeous attributes. Youth. Is not. Wasted on the young. They need it to survive adolescence and young adulthood.

    But only we in our golden years appreciate what a gift it was.
    202 days ago
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