Friday, September 4, 2009

The Cult

I joined a gym last night. Well, technically I didn't join the gym, I just acquired my card to latch on the employer provided membership ... so now I get to work out for free at one of the nicest athletic facilities in the city. However, while sitting in the lobby of the fitness center, I filled out the required paperwork and watched my fellow gym bunnies / rats come and go. Seriously, I felt like I was about to be served a Dixie Cup of Kool Aid with special 'ingredients.' Had that happened, I am most certain it would have been sugar free.

I'm not sure how much I will use the gym for workouts, knowing that my exercise of preference is running outdoors. Now that the weather is going to be getting nicer and nicer, it’s going to become more difficult to pry me away from Audubon Park. Although, I do want to try taking up spin classes or maybe some kickboxing group workouts. Whatever I decide to do, I have to increase my strength training to slim down and build muscle. Yes, running is making me lose weight, but it looks flabby and is equally unattractive. As my grandmother always said, 'Nobody wants to ____ a fatty.' (Ok, She didn't really say that... but I would love her even more if she did.)

Anyhow, back to my comrades at the gym ... I am guessing it’s a lot of people who take working out to one extreme or the other. Either they work out every day and are health nuts, or they come to the gym as a social outing (or to pick up on younger, more attractive people). I am somewhere square in the middle. I don't want to gym it just to get ripped (also unattractive in my book), but I am not going to be the sleaze that stands by the towel bin asking people to buy tickets to my gun show. However, if someone rich and attractive wants to pick up on me ... I won't be opposed.

So we'll see how the gym experience works out. At least its free and I don't lose anything if I don't go. If I do drink the Kool Aid, I'm hoping its Grape.

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