An Army Of One…

A mid-week tease for my upcoming column on working out alone; fear and the intimidation of the gym.

Please check back this weekend for the completed column.  In the mean time, here is an excerpt:


Hide In Your Shell

For the past 8 years, alone with my thoughts and with little view to the outside world, I have been able to lift, reach, bend, stretch, peddle, stair-step, and sweat in absolute privacy.  I have savored every moment of this because I am not a confident person – at least not when I exercise.  In fact, I’m quite shy about it – fearful even. 

I have enjoyed the act of exercise – the ritual of my daily action since I was 13-years old.  Despite what I have accomplished with my physicality through the years, and the thousands of workouts which have enabled so much in my life, the gym has always been an intimidating place – a place where I have felt uncomfortable, felt heavily scrutinized, and perpetually un-good in the eyes of others.   I refer to this as in-gymidation.  Having the privilege for nearly a decade, to exercise in private has served me very well.


Please check back this weekend for more.  Oh, and there is this from Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, enjoy…

2 responses

  1. You know, I don’t think I’ve really felt very intimidated at the gym before… I think it’s mostly because I always assume that everyone is too focused on their own workout to notice what anyone else is doing.

    The gym is one of those places where I honestly feel the LEAST judged, no matter what my fitness level has been when I’ve gone.

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