This is the Gym! Nose Knows Edition

Last weekend was the last weekend for walking outside as everything is starting to bloom. My nose knows as it has started to trouble me. My nose also knows what gym smells like. My regular gym isn’t so bad because its pretty big and airy, nevertheless gyms, fitness and yoga classes invariably smell like funk, must, food, feet and or farts. Gross as they are those smells are expected at the gym, but what happened on this particular weekend, Lord Jesus almost put me out.

I’m on the treadmill, mad and cranky because I’ll be spending an hour on it instead of outside on the trail.  After about 20 minutes I finally got my mind right as I listened to Rakim tell me how to Move the Crowd and am hitting my stride. At 22 minutes, this chick rolls up to the treadmill on my left.  The treadmills are this close together

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When she starts walking she blows my nose all the way up with her PERFUME! Now why she came next to me I don’t know because even with one section closed for maintenance there were at least 10 other treadmills for her to use. I’m like this heffa is trolling me right now with this perfume.

I’m thinking she won’t last, I can wear a treadmill out so and I knew that when it came Survival of the Fittest on the treadmill I would win.  I was dead wrong.  22 minutes went to 30, went to 40 at which time Sucka Ni**a was playing… how appropriate. Q-Tip says “So concisely, musically we are the herb so sit back and light me, inhale my style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale…” I inhale and start coughing and praying she would leave.

She didn’t.

She was on the same one hour program I was on.  I got off and she was still walking, she won.

I understand mugs want to smell fresh and all but THIS IS THE GYM, you are excused to be funky.  So ye old broad asks each of you ladies and gents to save your store bought fragrances until after you shower and are GONE from the gym. Members especially old broads will thank you.

P.S. in spite of the extreme duress I got the time in.

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Photos: MsThorns

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Geared Up

Back in the go-go 80s my primary fitness activities were running, the foolishness formerly known as high impact aerobics and lifting barbie weights. As an employee of a chain retailer of fitness shoes and apparel I had ALL the gear including those running (booty) shorts. Decades and pounds later I’ve reached the stage of no damns given and am doing my best to GET TO the gym let alone be cute. So, I wondered with the recent attempt at war on yoga pants if I really should care and for that matter do those who are wearing yoga pants or anything else care. Well I did a little survey which you can see in its entirety here and the highlights below.

What are your primary fitness activities?
The participants are doing ALL THE THINGS fitness-wise.

Describe the apparel, footwear, sleeves etc used for your fitness activities.
“My apparel consists of running leggings. Most are black, but I’m working my way to wearing more colored leggings.  For some reason I think I can’t, so I’m stepping out my box and purchasing pants/leggings with more color.”

Does this apparel have an effect on performance? In what way(s)?
“I don’t like for my clothes to chafe, make me hot, or restrict my arms and legs in any way, so I would say they positively affect my performance by not being a distraction.” Amen!

How important is the appearance of your apparel?
“Somewhat important” to “very important” outnumbers could care less 4-3.

Does brand effect your choice of apparel? If yes, what brands do you prefer.
“Yes, I wear CW-X compression crop/long pants different race because they provide the compression that I need to hold all my butt and thighs.” Not just some of them but ALL of them.

Does price effect your choice of apparel?
Only one respondent answered no to this question. As such I’m going to very unscientifically assume that the respondents aren’t going to spend a lot of money on fitness apparel.

Conclusions (again unscientific): participants are doing everything, wearing everything EXCEPT Reeboks (gotcha big guy) and are doing so at a reasonable cost.

Powered by Soul would like to thank Antoinette, Sonya, Ant, OTJ, Michelle S., Kym, Marla and Teresa for participating in the survey. Here’s a medley of some of their greatest hits.

Geared UP

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from left) Antoinette Lewis by MsThorns, Sonya Strider, Ant Pruitt, OTJ, MsThorns, Michelle Soloman and center, Kym McNair

Appointment with Dr. No

Oh the travails of aging.

The week of Valentines Day I got sick. Not flu or anything but sick enough to be home a few days. Well that little nastiness continued to linger and by the time I attempted that headstand I felt worse afterward and my nose was doing some unusual things. Being one of those nuts who Googles symptoms I was convinced that I had some awful/horrible/dreadful illness and promptly sent a couple of panicky emails to my PCP. By the next day was in front of her.

Turns out that the nose was no biggie just rhinitis and since I was there I asked her what types of exercise are safe for me to do considering this degenerative disc stuff. Dr. Diva turned into Doctor NO when she said NO to:

Squats
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LungesJan3
Anything that requires me to be airborne (running, jumping jacks, which is most things in any HIIT workout)Jan2

and headstands, at which point I entered my final plea:

Me: well can I do squats and lunges with no weight, I’m going to do them unless you tell me no.
Her: I thought already told you that.

Truth be told, I already knew the answer to my question, but as a stubborn old person I’m not changing unless it is required and now it is required.

Until next time see you on the floor do some old school doggie kicks or something like that.

Photos by MsThorns – thanks to Jan B. for being my fitness model 🙂

The Commitment – 30 Days of Yoga

There had to be a way for me to build some consistency in my fitness life but I had to be gentle.  Whenever I’ve been healthy I’ve always gone full tilt for about three weeks at a time before some illness or injury occurred.  Though yoga is more than a fitness thing for me it seemed like building a better yoga practice was a good place to start. So I made a commitment.

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I saw that Yoga With Adriene was holding a 30 Days of Yoga series at the beginning of the year, Ms Overzealous signed up and unfortunately did not complete the 30 days of her program, but a funny thing happened. I actually did practice every single day in January and am still doing so as of this writing. This is no knock against the program as it had a lot of variety but speaks more to my listlessness. I practice with the exception of a few days of “freestyle” and one class at Kaiser, all yoga practice has been with Youtube and primarily with:

Fightmaster Yoga

Yoga by Candace

Yoga with Adriene

SaraBethYoga

A working playlist of videos I’ve done is available here.

I know some of you could care less about Yoga and I’m good with that. What I hope you do care about is Consistency. Are you consistent with your fitness program, your diet, check-ups, rest etc.? Consistency, I’m learning, doesn’t require sweat till you drop, lift till you can’t move dedication, what it does require is effort and a commitment to yourself, to take care of yourself. Can you make that commitment to consistently take care of YOU? Have you already? Let me know how you’re doing so in the comments.

Until next time, commit to consistency.

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Photos: MsThorns