We often don’t do things because of a fear: of failing and of looking stupid.
And more often don’t even start things for the same reasons. Well, let me tell you a story. One day – not so long ago – I went to the gym and was to meet up with my training partner.
When I got there she was already on the treadmill and since the one next to her was open I decided I would warm up on the treadmill too.
Now, before I tell you this next part let me assure you – I knew better – I always warn my clients against doing exactly what I proceeded to do and yes, you are all invited to comment below and tell me what a ninny I was.
Without a thought or a care in the world I leapt with one giant leap to the middle of the running belt and WHAM! Down I went.
I whacked the side of my face, cracked my ribs on the side of the machine and my body was flung off the back end where I landed hard up against the pressdown machine behind. My water bottle went flying up in the air in the opposite direction. I lay on the floor looking up at my workout partner who was looking down at me – still walking.
The whole thing happened so fast no one had even reacted yet.
I remember lying there, thinking – I should jump up and say “it’s okay, I’m a professional!” But I was too stunned to move.
As I was helped to my feet by my workout partner and another gym goer, the embarrassment started to edge in through the fog. I would have just left and driven home if I could have. Still stunned with the welt on my cheek starting to redden and rise, sore ribs and just then I realized I had hit my leg too.
I went to the locker room to lay down and was brought an ice pack which I kept relocating from my face to my ribs to my leg to my face…
The real culprit and bottom line person of responsibility, of course, was me and having not been following gym safety. Always first check the piece of equipment (all equipment) before you get on it and second, before you start a treadmill, always, straddle the belt by placing your feet on the extrusion boards on either side.
Start it on the slowest speed and then step on the moving belt.
This way you are assured you don’t have a run away machine. From there you can nudge yourself up to the speed and elevation you wish to workout at.
So what happened? Someone (no name mentioned – but you know who you are) left the treadmill running on the HIGHEST SETTING (for kicks and giggles) and walked away. The top speed of this particular treadmill is 12 mph.
To put that into perspective the woman’s world record holder is Svetlana Masterkova who ran a mile in 4:12.56 minutes which is a speed of 14.25 mph.
So 12 mph is really, really, really, swift. Which explained the sling shot action after the belt got hold of my flesh.
I am sharing this with you so you will be safer and can be assured that everyone (including professionals) experience looking stupid at the gym. Read more embarrassing moments click here.