They arrive at the gym sporting designer workout gear; perfectly coiffed with every hair lacquered in place. Freshly manicured nails highlight astonishing jewelry. Strolling to the weight machines, heads held aloft, clouds of Shalimar waft by.
Struggling to lift a 15 lb weight, no expression of exertion registers on their face. Closer inspection reveals they are unable to emote facially. They have been stretched four ways for Sunday. Behind the massive bouffant hairdo is enough leftover skin to cover my sofa.
Some are accompanied by a buff young trainer named “Nick” or “Alex”. You never see a big rawboned Olympian female trainer with these chicks. Presenting body images that most women cannot achieve without starvation, surgery and liposuction reinforces unrealistic expectations. I think they should be banned from the gym.
My workout gear, rescued from the goodwill bag, is attire that wasn’t wonderful when purchased new from Wal-Mart. It’s a gym. I’m supposed to look gross, sweating and grunting without makeup and bed head hairdo. Women look at me as if I don’t belong there and I am intimidated. I feel as though I am in the nightmare where you show up in public in your underwear and everyone laughs.
If I owned designer attire, I would not wear it to the gym. A buff young trainer is not in my budget. I will never look like these women and I’m not sure I want to.
If you ask me, the gym is penance, not performance art. I’m gonna go have a big burger with fries and a Hefenweiser. If I’m lucky maybe I can find some work out gear that still fits.
Categories: Biased, Unbalanced and Politically Incorrect
I am a lifelong Southerner, short story author, and essayist. Home is Dallas, Texas.
My essays have appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Writing.