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making preparations for the blue-crack time - Ambar
October 11th, 2006
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making preparations for the blue-crack time
Oh, man. Yesterday at the gym I apparently had the invisible neon sign glowing above my head, "Please give advice."

The first one was a woman who was on the stretching mat next to me and elflet. He was doing some work on my trigger points (like the foam roller, only nastier), and she decided this was a good time to talk about me in the third person, PLUS recommend steady-state cardio. I didn't bite her head off, but that's only because I was busy not screaming.

And then there was the trainer who cornered us at the end of our workout. Trainer-guy is a wrestler and coach from somewhere in eastern Europe, and has the accent to prove it. Now, I don't actually mind being lectured on basic biochemistry, but get your facts right. And, lucky me, I drew yet another recommendation for steady-state cardio (and I should be working out 5 days a week and spending 90 minutes per workout.)

What really got me going was when he asked how much weight I could push on the leg press, and I told him my max squat. When he responded, "but how much you leg press?" I said I hadn't been on the leg press in months (true). Then he started lecturing me on how exercise diversity is good(!)

Damn. It's enough to make a girl buy her own squat rack. Except I really really like having the hot tub available for afterwards.

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Richard Souther - Illumination-Hildegard von Bingen - "Red River Falling (O rubor sanguinis)

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From:cjsmith
Date:October 12th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Yesterday at the gym I apparently had the invisible neon sign glowing above my head, "Please give advice."

Oh how I hate that sign. I apparently LIVE with that sign over my head. This is why I rarely leave the house.
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From:pantryslut
Date:October 12th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I avoided joining a gym for years b/c of my fear of that sort of stuff. Fortunately, my current place seems blissfully free of free-range advice-givers.
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From:ambar
Date:October 13th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
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My place normally is. Tuesday was ... different.
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From:sir_ender
Date:October 12th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)

Good for you

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I'm glad you focused on taking care of yourself and keeping steady... and not letting intrusive folks totally ruin your self-care experience.

You GO for that hot tub, girlfriend!
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From:tamago
Date:October 12th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Sounds a bit like being pregnant. *Everyone* has advice for the pregnant lady.
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From:ambar
Date:October 13th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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Have you gotten to the point where strangers pat your belly yet, or are you too intimidating still? :-)
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From:tamago
Date:October 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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I've had one drive-by patting from Jim's housemate, who explained nervously that it was good luck to pat a pregnant woman's belly and she was leaving at the end of the month so, she wanted her chance.

Mostly I've had (older) women ask things like, "You know about breastfeeding, right?"
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