I enjoy the gym as much as the next person, but I’ve had enough annoying gym moments to last me a lifetime.
There was the time a guy in my class challenged me to a treadmill stamina competition. Because I’m me (and this is my story), I won. After he left, some of my friends came over and increased my speed, which I thought was mean but I could still run. And honestly, once I got used to the speed, I was OK. Until they increased it again. And again. And again. And again. At this point, I sort of felt like a cartoon, my legs were running faster than the rest of me. I was about to stop the machine when my friend — without notice — yanked the emergency brake and, I kid you not, I flew backwards. That embarrassing moment was the last time I worked out with anyone ever again.
Then there was the time, I joined a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class. It was awful. The teacher expected me to move constantly for the whole hour! And there were some really fit people in the class, who honestly, showed off quite a bit. The worst part of the class was the way my teacher counted down. She did it normally until she got to the number two. Now, two is a nice number because it’s close to one and that means the workout will be over soon. But my teacher would say two in a piercing, high-pitched voice. This particular soprano sound would echo in my exhausted brain for days.
So, believe me when I say, I am quite happy with at-home workouts, like the Virtual Fitness Class by Crunch Fitness hosted by West Edmonton Mall and Crunch Fitness Canada at 6 p.m. on March 24. A 30-minute exercise class mid-week is a great way to shake up a daily routine, and since it’s virtual, no one can stop you from taking longer breaks.