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My 13 Gym Pet Peeves

Just yesterday I had a very unfortunate experience where somehow someone else’s depilatory cream got in my hair and burned some clumps of hair off. It was traumatic for me. As much as I am a dedicated gym goer and enjoy the friendships that I have made there, the recent incident proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. I will likely still go to the gym for a class, but I most likely will stay the heck away from the locker room for a while. My exasperation has led to this list of bad things I have personally witnessed from people at the gym.

Getting Back, and Feeling the Pain

Last Friday I finally went back to the gym. I had started to get sick around week 7 of my pregnancy and then I felt better after week 16. However, I was then struck with a nasty cold with cough week 17 to week 19 of my pregnancy, and finally felt like a normal person (more or less) at week 20. I went back to one of my favorite classes, BodyPump, and because of the long hiatus, really did go light.

This was me last Friday
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 10 x 2 = 20
Chest press: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Back: 10 x 2 = 20
Lunges: 7.5 x 2 = 15
Shoulders: 2.5 x 2 = 5
Biceps: 5 x 2 = 10
Triceps: 5
This was me June 2014
Warm-up: 10 x 2 = 20
Squat: 37.5 x 2 = 75; Did 40×2=80 on 6/13 for a short track ’84.
Chest press: 20 x 2 = 40
Chest fly: 10 x 2 = 20
Back: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Lunges: 22.5 x 2 = 45
Shoulders = 10 x 2 = 20 (Damn my levator shoulder issues!)
Biceps: 10 x 2 = 20, sometimes using drop weights 12.5×2=25
Triceps: 10

And boy was I feeling sore already during the session! I can’t take any ibuprofen either, so I am just starting to feel less pain today. I realized during the class that I really took my strength for granted. I have lost a lot of muscle as a result of my pregnancy, and I will have to work hard to get it back. My ego was definitely bruised by the experience. I used to be able to squat more than even the burly men in the class! I had lost a lot of fitness during the 3 and 1/2 month break from strength training. I hope that I can keep going at least once a week. I am not sure if I will be ready to go back on Friday but will give it a try!

Routines Interrupted, by Life and Pregnancy

Oh my it has been a while since my last post. My life feels as if it has been turned upside down. I actually have not been to the gym in 2 months. Why? Because I am pregnant, and I am really really bad at being pregnant.

This was not how it was supposed to go down. I had a fitness goal that while I was unlikely to hit by my 40th birthday, I would be close. I was getting there, starting to see the difference and people were telling me so as well. I had been watching my eating (although not as strict as a bodybuilder, but mindful of my macronutrients and doing a good job of tracking). I was looking good and feeling good, and fantasizing about getting a puppy that I can jog with around town. I had always told my husband since even before we were married that when I turn 40, the factory would be shut down and we would be done with babies — as it turns out he was really good with getting things done within a deadline.

What’s in My Gym Bag


I carry a pretty big gym bag (pictured above, but in a different color) with lots of things in it! My mommy gym bag is loaded with items as it sort of functions as a diaper bag. Among the items in my bag, I do carry:

  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • flipflops
  • shower caddy
  • hair dryer (small but mighty)
  • protein bar – cuz sometimes i get really hungry after workout
  • Tiger Balm – aches and pains are inevitable and I don’t like to dose.
  • Anti-chafe balm
  • Wet bag – for wet and dirty clothes, mine or the kids
  • Polysporin
  • Band-aids
  • moleskin

Fitbit is completely dead. Tried resetting and recharging to no avail. I guess I better go another round with Fitbit customer service again. Not too happy about having to do this as often as I do.

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