Favorite Overheard Gym Conversation of the Week:
Trainer to woman lifting heavy weights: Don’t forget to breathe!
Woman: Is that even possible? Has anyone ever actually stopped breathing on you?
Woman: One of these days I’m going to faint just to freak you out.
Trainer: You can faint on command? That right there freaks me out.
Second Favorite Gym Conversation of the Week:
Boxing Instructor to me taking my first real boxing class (BTW, at Lifetime Fitness and it was SO FUN! I am having the time of my life trying out all their programs! I’m doing MMA on Monday!) : Oh you’ll be fine in this class! You know how to punch, right? Duck and weave?
Me: Assume I don’t know anything.
BI: I assume you know how to… Hammertime! (At which point he turned on MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” and did a pretty decent hammer dance.]
Me: Well played, sir, well played.
Also, in the same class:
Fellow student: Hey, it’s your first time! You’re doing great!
FS: Um, no. That’s possibly the worst speed bag I have ever seen. (FYI: He was right. I could not figure that thing out!!)
Me: Even for a first-timer?
FS: Yeah. That was hard to watch.
FS: Yeah. It’s okay though! You’re doing great!
Favorite Conversation With a Child:
Son #1 handing me something at the grocery store: Look mom! You should totally get this!!
Me, absentmindedly: What is it, honey?
Son #1: It says it’s a “push-up bra”! And you love to do push-ups!!
Me: Wrong kind of push-up!
Son #1: Well, what kind of push-up is this bra talking about then?
Me: Ah… nevermind. It’s a gym bra. You’re right.
Anyone else overhear a funny convo in the gym this week? What’s the funniest conversation you’ve been a part of this week? Have you ever tried the speed bag??
If you’re missing a real post, other stuff I’ve written lately:
Resisted Stretching: Train Like an Olympic Athlete Resistance stretching uses tension on the muscle while it’s in an elongated position, not just when it’s being contracted like in typical weight lifting.
Stretching for Strength: 8 simple moves you can do in your living room. Now you know the why, here’s the how! Try the resisted stretching workout developed for Shape.com by the talented Michael Schiemer of Frugal Fitness.
Sweating in Spanx: Is athletic shapewear a good idea? Funny story: apparently Spanx actually makes an activewear line and they kindly sent me a few pieces to try out after reading my article! LOVE the pants! So comfy and flattering.
*And don’t forget: You can still enter to win $500 of sweet Under Armour gear for the low low price of one comment!
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Top 12 Hilarious Tips for Moms-To-Be New mom and hilarious writer Leslie Goldman and I teamed up for this one and cracked ourselves up! Tip #12. Ask your friends invasive questions in public: “Did you really brush your teeth? Really?? Let me smell your breath!” Ask them about their underwear next.
Rosie Pope Live-Tweeted Her Baby’s Birth: Would You? I think you all probably know what I would do, er, did;)
End-of-Year Teacher Gifts: Aaaagghhhh! I recently spent an hour in the store working myself into a frenzy trying to figure out who we needed thank-you gifts for, what to get them, how much to spend, how to deliver them (kids cannot be trusted with a box of chocolates on the bus) and how to get my kids to write that heartfelt card. I’m probably overthinking this. In the end, it made me feel anything but thankful-and that’s a shame.
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Should Children Be Kicked Off Airplanes for Being “Unruly”? A 3-year-old was kicked off a flight for laying crosswise in his seat so that his seatbelt was across his neck. The stewardess said she was afraid the kid would strangle himself with it. Seriously??
Are School Nurses Really Necessary? According to budget cuts the answer is no, apparently.
Are Dads Discriminated Against in Parenting Media? There was one stay-at-home dad in our playgroup. He was awesome. He baked homemade gluten-free cookies when it was his turn for Snack. He could kiss a boo-boo, dress his daughter and do her hair, commiserate over nap schedules, and analyze a fever with the best of us mommies. As for the fact that he was a man; I’m embarrassed to admit that we barely noticed he was a dude at all. He became just like one of the girls—and we treated him that way. Oops.