Happy 2018. Are you dieting? ARGH. Starting a new fitness routine? Or torturing yourself by cutting out wine for a bit like I am? 9 days in and I'm still alive, yet perhaps a bit grumpy.
On a happier more endorphin-filled note.....I'm a girl that's been comfortable in the free weight room of a gym since (cough, cough) the late 80's. I think it started when my high school softball team used to workout on the clunky nautilus set, crackled old benches and rusty dumbells in the training room. I was hooked. Through living in different cities and visiting many gyms it's just always a place that I'm comfortable, despite the fact that I was often the only woman in there. I like the variety it offers and the creativity I can add to a workout and call it my own. And truthfully, if I try to follow along in a fitness class I'm always five seconds behind looking like a complete buffoon in the back of the room. Over the years, ladies have shared with me their fears of the free weight room and I've tried to offer encouragement. Usually either they didn't know what to do with the equipment, felt like everyone was looking at them or the number of sweaty men in the room just made them uncomfortable.
Enter 2018. I looked up from my workout on Monday and who do I see in the free weight room? SIX women. Two men. YESSSSSSSS! All in their own zone working their butts off. The symbolism in that moment forced me to round everyone up for a photo. Maybe it was Oprah's speech the night before? Who knows. So I punched one of the guys and made him take the pic of the rest of us. I love these chicks and I don't even know them ( they did approve the photo). I'm excited to see more examples like this one in 2018, as the free weight room phenomenon foreshadows the representation of women in the workplace, politics and leadership roles everywhere. Let's get 'em ladies! ~j