I’m A (Gym Class) Loser, Baby
July 15, 2010 § 3 Comments
No, you do not want me to join your Softball Team. Seriously, I suck at all sports. But for kicks, I’m going to give a bunch of strange extremist fitness trends a try. I must be crazy.
If you are one of those naturally athletic people, I hate you. Just a little bit.
At 29, I have never played a sport, barring forced gym-class activity. On summer break, I was eschewed sports camps for the Ocean Park Library Summer Reading Club. (Which, for the record, I totally OWNED.) This is not to say that I spent all my time indoors, quite the opposite. My parents owned an old Volkswagen Westie and I grew up camping. I’d play Capture the Flag until sunset, and still beg for 5 more minutes. But sports? With points and teams? These were to be avoided like the plague.
It didn’t help that I was a really small kid. And shy. With really thick glasses that I’d somehow like to blame for my complete lack of any athleticism whatsoever. (Lack of peripheral vision, maybe?) Eventually, I grew to an entirely normal height, started wearing contacts, and managing to bluff through my spectacularly awkward social skills. Being blonde helped. People assumed I was dumb instead of painfully shy.
I’ve experimented with fitness here and there. At 16, I bought a year-long gym membership that I used roughly 5 times. I tried a step class ONCE. I dabbled in pilates. I have made some in roads with my gym phobia along the way. When I lived in a complex with a full gym, I went most days, but rarely touched the weights. I was the queen of the at-home-DVD-blinds-closed-workout.
Funny thing about having kids. You want to start setting a GOOD EXAMPLE. (Plus, if you had a pregnancy anything like mine, you have a terrifying amount of jiggly bits left over afterwards.) Part of my GOOD EXAMPLE is trying to find new ways of exercising that I actually enjoy. So far, I’ve already tackled Hot Yoga and TRX Suspension Training, with Ocean Kayaking and some Trail Running Clinics on the horizon.
Now excuse me while I reward myself for last night’s TRX session with a good book.