July 18, 2010

Treadmill Comedy. Giveaway Ends 8/15.


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I was asked to share a story about how fitness can be funny. I feel fortunate that I don't have a story about falling off the treadmill, but I did have a close call!

A couple years ago I worked out with a trainer and was really motivated to get in great shape. I went to the gym 5 days and week and I had my routine that always challenged me. I was feeling really motivated and ready for a great workout. I set the treadmill to the highest incline and had my trusty ipod to help me burn some serious calories.

I usually listen to music to motivate me and get me going, but that particular day I decided to listen to a podcast. I thought I would listen to a talk radio program to occupy my mind for the long haul.
So I was walking and sweating and listening to my ipod, when all of a sudden the talk show host did something that made me crack up. He started singing along with Barbara Streisand's song "Memories" in the most dramatic voice he could muster. The funny thing was that the music track was not included on the podcast, so his voice sounded TERRIBLE! I tried my hardest not to break out laughing or even smile. I mean how strange would that look? Here is a woman in the middle of an intense workout who bursts out laughing for no apparent reason. But as much as I tried, I couldn't keep it in and got a few funny looks from from the muscle heads.

Oh well. That was the first time, but it certainly wasn't the last time that happened! Now I just tap my earphones and say really loud, "I'M LISTENING TO SOMETHING FUNNY". (I should probably be more embarrassed about that!)


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44 comments:

Sare said...

This is sort of fitness related...while I was in my freshman year of college, we were rehearsing some dance moves for an upcoming variety show in the dorms. We were down in a large classroom to practice and I was pretending to do ballet warm-ups in front of the group (about 15 people, guys and girls) and goofing around, trying to sound official in my ballet terminology.
"now plie" (is that how you spell it?) and I would bend my knees a little, and repeated that a handful of times. Then I said, "now GRANDE plie" and bent all the way to the ground. As I did so, the back of my pants ripped straight up the back. I kind of held the rip together and ran back to my dorm to change clothes.

Emily said...

I don't have a specific story but I will say I have--more than once--run crookedly on the treadmill while watching a interesting show on the gym's TV and nearly fallen off. I'm slightly uncoordinated so it's very easy for me to do

Mami2jcn said...

I don’t know how funny this story is to others, but at the time I thought it was. I joined a lady’s gym when I was a teenager and there was a woman who insisted on walking around the lady’s locker room completely naked. She would go up to people and have conversations with them, stark naked. I thought it was pretty outrageous.

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Krissy M said...

While doing a Richards Simmons (I know, that's funny enough) tape in the living room, I fell over the coffee table.

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redraven said...

I am disabled an working out is not an option sometimes, but I did find one piece of equipment I can use the bicycle..
I just moved over to the other side of town, in a section 8, I am a student, single mom, and yes poor, but the irony is that I now belong to the Country Club due to my new home. So my daughter, Aspen, and I went to exercise in the gym. Well there were individuals there exercising on the tread mills just watching t.v., and not talking, smiling, but just watching a television with no sound or subtitles..Strange. So I proceeded to try and exercise on the bicycle, but it is all digital, and somehow I missed the transformation, and it was a very funny and embarrassing time. I was falling forward trying to set it on the right settings, and then trying to make it more comfy I was trying to adjust the seat, but the thing kept on going forward so fast that I almost fell off a few times. And all the time the other individuals were still looking forward and no expressions or anything to indicate that they were alive, and we couldn't stop laughing, and still no emotions. Finally a gentleman came over and helped me set it up, and off I went, well not really, but at least I burned 3 calories according to the digitized monitor. So the moral of the story is that: I am not use to exercising digitally..What happened to our real gym equipment? Ya need a lesson in exercising on this equipment, but no one notices you, and they don't stop walking to nowhere. What a world. Where did all the real gym equipment go????

Katrina said...

This is one you'd have to see to laugh at, but I went to get a membership to the Univ. of Kansas gym (my husband was on the faculty, so it was only $20 a month), the lady in the office told me to have a seat. I was just looking around, waiting for her to tell me where to go next to get the picture for my gym card taken and next thing I know, she clicked a machine that was sitting on her desk. I had NO idea she was taking my picture right then. I've seen a lot of pretty funny driver's licenses and such, but my picture turned out to be about the worst ID/mugshot photo I've ever seen. I died laughing. I was actually bummed when about 6 months later I lost the card and had to get a new one. At least I smiled for the new one!
And I kept thinking that some poor soul found my card somewhere and died laughing when they saw it! I cannot even do it justice how funny the picture was.

JoeyfromSC said...

haha @ your story!:)


This is SO embarrassing BUT I’m gonna tell it lol

It happened quite some years ago when I lost my 70 lbs..I was exercising alot and got bored with walking only..I decided to do some aerobics and various things from a dvd I had..well, one involved laying across a coffee table using it like a weight bench almost..I had no clue our table was that flimsy or I was that heavy but it didn’t take long and BAM..I was laying on the floor on top of a broken, flattened coffee table:( lol

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Emily N. said...

I was out jogging the other day in my neighborhood listening to my iPod and quickly bent down to tie my shoe. When I stood back up the cord of my ipod caught on my shoe which caused my earbuds to be yanked out of my ears and I stumbled and nearly dropped my iPod. Several people saw my total lack of coordination.
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Sherri said...

I don't know what category of fitness you would put sledding, but let me tell you, I got a work out that day. My son was about seven at the time and I decided to take him sledding. I have not been on a sled (the saucer kind)since I was about twelve. Anyways, I started at the top of the hill as most people do, as I proceeded down the hill, much faster than I remembered at twelve, I forgot how to slow the thing down. There was much screaming involved as I approached top speed only to noticed several trees. To avoid crashing I leaned towards the left only to see a large ditch and a snow bank. Again, I screamed and then I was airbone for what seemed like an eternity. Prayers, then flash of my life before me, I somehow landed on the other side on a road still holding on the the saucer. As my friend and son approached I was still sitting in the road. To my son I was a hero, the first thing out of his mouth was "your the coolest Mom can I do that?" It was a long drive home and a few chiropractor visits later I was back to walking normally, but I will never go on a sled again! My son is seventeen now and still remembers that day as well as my Chiroprator.

DG said...

My embarrassing workout moment was when I was running outdoors (well, more so jogging to be honest lol) and saw two cute guys on the other side of the street so to impress them I started sprinting and blasted my ipod music to gear me up. I guess I was so focused that I sort of zoned out from reality because I literally ran into a bus stop sign. It was so humiliating I ran all the way back home as those guys smirked at my mishap! ahh!

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meeyeehere said...

Well,This story is not that funny to me because it happened to me but others who were there remember it fondly!I was late for the gym and my sister and best friend were rushing me to hurry and join them at the gym.They were calling me every 5 seconds so I got dressed and rushed out.I realized when I got to the gym I had no ponytail holder and my hair is really long and wild. Well, I asked my friends at the gym if they had an extra and they did not so I just jumped on the exercise bike and started peddling. After about 2 or three minutes my sister said my hair had wrapped around the handle of the bike a little and she then tried to pull it off but my hair got stuck in some part that connected the handle to the bike and everyone started looking at me.I was pulling and my friends were trying to untangle it,it was 20 minutes passing and I was so embarrassed. Finally the guy who owns the gym came over with a pair of scissors and asked if he could cut a little to get me loose.I agreed and he freed me! Some of the body builders started clapping and shouting hurray. I felt so bad I went home and did not go to that gym for a long while.
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Anonymous said...

My friend and I used to go rollerblading at the beach. As I was blading, I got distracted by a good looking guy playing volleyball. I rolled right off the sidewalk and into the sand; went face first into a bench and chipped my front teeth. So not only did I embarass myself in front of the good looking guy; I had to walk around with a chipped front tooth for a week until I could get into the dentist.

Milissa
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Anonymous said...

I definitely ran off the treadmill last week when I tried to look at my Ipod for too long! Youch! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

JC said...

I covered myself using tons of plastic wraps since my cousin swore that worked magically for getting fit. And of course it didn’t work out plus Mom was furious not having Saran wraps in her kitchen.

Karina said...

It's always funny when I throw myself off the treadmill. haha

NesieBird said...

It's always funny to see myself trying to do the balancing stick yoga pose, as I have no balance to speak of.

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Shasta said...

I'm sure we've all had them...those moments that last forever in your memory. The ones where you prayed to never see the innocent bystanders EVER again.

I have been thinking a lot about when my boys were younger, man I miss those days. I thought it was so hard at the time, but I would love to have those days back. Life was simple, and they were simply embarrassing kids!

Don't believe me?

I now submit for evidence: Article A - The Airport
When the boys were young we traveled to and from NC to visit with the Grands. Due to my husbands work schedule and our need to see them every three months (lucky aren't they), I took most of these trips alone.

You may have seen me there, I was the one running to make my connection pushing a double stroller with about 60 lbs of weight sitting in it (I had some chunksters), rolling 2 bags of carry-on, a stuffed diaper bag, and 2 car seats around my shoulders! Oh yeah, and I was probably crying!

So on the way home from one of these lovely trips we are standing in line at the gate getting ready to board the plane, and I'm holding J's hand and have JJ on my hip. Suddenly I hear JJ say "Look J I found band-aids in mommy's pocket book" to which J quickly starts yelling "I wanna band-aid too mom, I want one, I want one". So I am frantically digging in my purse trying to find the band-aids when I realize, I never carry band-aids in my purse. I curiously looked up at JJ to find that he had unwrapped a pad and stuck it to his forehead! I thought I was going to die! I quickly ripped it from his head and shoved it in my purse. I'm not sure how many people witnessed my humiliation, I kept my head down and my eyes forward, and yes I prayed "Lord, please don't ever let me see these people again", so far , so good!

Amber said...

One time I was using a trampoline, and was jumping so much that my legs were so used to it, that once I got back on the ground, my legs sort of unconsciously jumped again and I tumbled onto the ground on my butt, hard. People saw too, so embarrassing. Both my prides AND my butt were bruised ;)

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jillyrh said...

I tripped and fell off the treadmill last week when I was watching a good looking guy walk by. And, yes, he noticed me too after that - Ugh!

Shel said...

After the birth of my daughter, I decided to spend the money and join the gym nearby that had free babysitting while Moms were working out. I was rushing around, trying to make the 11am aerobics class and I was stuffing my bag with my workout clothes, my shoes, and another bag with baby essentials so I could get there on time.

Racing out the door, I just make it in time to drop off my daughter and run to the locker room and swap out my clothes for my workout shorts. Being late, I got the spot right in front of the class..ugh! It wouldn't have been so bad except I happened to grab the pair of workout shorts the darn dog had decided to eat the crotch out of. I did the entire class with a gaping hole in the back of my shorts and my underwear hanging out!

Needless to say I started checking the shorts to make sure the dog hadn't used them as a Scooby Snack before I left the house.

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nape said...

I was searching Ebay for a shirt to wear to my bowling league. I came across this listing:

"Here's a shirt for all you bowling attics!"

Cynthia said...

Man, if you'd asked for a good, low-cal recipe using Laughing Cow cheese I could totally have helped! LOL! Love that stuff! Laughing Cow + Black Pepper Triscuit crackers = YUM!

My story is that I had been working out consistently for nearly a year and THOUGHT I was in pretty good shape. So I took a more challenging class and was getting my butt kicked! There was a super-skinny/fit guy in front of my that was hardly breaking a sweat. I felt really lame knowing that I just couldn't keep up. But I felt a lot BETTER that I wasn't him- all that straining and he had split his pants! It was all I could do not to bust out laughing. I might have looked a little shabby for being less fit than him but at least my pants were in tact. Can't believe he didn't feel a draft!

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

OMG! I am so laughing to know I am not alone at the catastrophes of the treadmill. I dare not tell how many times it has stopped while I kept going resulting in yee-ouch!

Anyhoo, here's my funny fitness story.

I was whining to hubby about spending more time together so we, mainly I, thought it'd be a good idea for me to join his bowling league. I had been on the league for a while and was frustrated that I could never crack 100. I mean everyone else on the team averaged 150, 175 and up.

Our team made it to the league championship and that day I finally did it. I was nearing 100. I was ecstatic. Everyone else well, umm, not so much. One of the guys pulled my husband aside. Next thing you know, hubby comes up to me to explain that I was the handicap and that my good bowling was actually bad for the team.

They wanted me to bowl poorly but that night of all nights, I was on a roll and couldn't. I was getting strikes and spares left and right. I still remember the grimaces on my team's faces whenever I got a strike or a spare. They were actually coaching me on how to bowl poorly (like I needed that, I mean I mastered it all the weeks before). But the one night, the one night, my poor bowling skills were needed...I was on fire and couldn't lose. Oh yeah, we lost the championship but I learned a lot about bowling and handicaps.

Helen said...

This is a hard one to come up with! Luckily I've never fallen off a treadmill, thanks to the fact that I've never been on a treadmill. ;) The funniest thing I can picture is me, very pregnant with my 2nd child, wearing shorts and doing a Jane Fonda workout. :) I fell off my bike (or rather, I fell with my bike) this year, but that was most definitely not funny, since I broke my hip. The one funny thing about that was me trying to walk around the block a month later using a walker, and the wind kept blowing my sun hat off. Can you imagine someone limping along with a walker, trying to chase their sun hat repeatedly?

Tiffany said...

I don't exercise enough to have any funny stories about myself, but here's one that sure made me laugh. My three and a half year old son was climbing all over the couch. After a few minutes I said, "No more! The couch is not a jungle gym." Without hesitation, he replies, "But it's exercising me!"

Jessica said...

My sister and I were at the gym. I was on a treadmill right next to the one she was on- I had pulled a muscle in the back of my leg, but I was determined to get some sort of workout in, so I was going VERY slow on the treadmill. She thought I was crazy, but didn't say anything. We were both watching the tv's that they provide at the gym and everything was going fine, until something really funny happened on the tv and I started laughing, my foot got caught and I went sliding right off the treadmill (thank goodness I was going slow!) Well, she looked over at me saw what was happening- started laughing hysterically and slid right off hers as well. She just happened to be running significantly faster than me, so she landed on her but! The front desk people came over to check on her and people on the other treadmills were looking, but neither one of us noticed because we couldn't stop laughing!

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Christa said...

In high school, I was on the track team. Hopefully this was my first track meet, but I don't remember. It was a relay race and I didn't realize the race had started and the baton was about to be passed to me until the last minute. Our team wasn't very fast, so my lack of readiness didn't really hurt our scores. We were just happy to not come in last.

Kelly said...

Sort of like the previous commenter, I ran Cross Country in highschool. At one point in the course, as you're crossing a road onto the trail, there were waist-high poles (to keep a car from driving on the path). In the pack of girls, I didn't see them, and slammed into one. In front of hundreds of spectators. Which sucked..but I was so disoriented after that, that I tripped and fell. It was super embarrassing, but my now-husband found it hilarious.

jenheadjen said...

My funny fitness story: when I go to water aerobics, the teacher has us sing, "This is the way we scrub our shirt, scrub our shirt, scrub our shirt..." when we do tricep (?) pushes into the water. It's always fun when we wash our bums, and I have to wonder who else in the pool is laughing at our song!

Melissa said...

Back when I was in college about 10 years ago I was really into cycling. I would ride my bike almost every day 40 miles a day. One rainy day I was out riding while wearing a long pair of sweats since it was too chilly to just wear my usual bike shorts. It has been raining pretty hard early in the day but by afternoon it was just kind of drizzly. As I was out one of my neighbors drove by and accidentally soaked from a huge puddle of water. The worst part was it caused me to fall sideways on my bike and my pants got caught up in the gears. My neighbor saw what happened and stopped the car to come check on me. At this point with my trying to get my leg free my pants and slid off my bottom revealing the ugly granny panties I was wearing that day. I was so embarrassed and I think my neighbor was too.


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Becki D said...

hehe I kind of got lost on a neighborhood run - you can read all about it and see my little comic on my blog: http://www.beckibakes.com/2009/09/25/i-totally-love-and-totally-hate-running-totally/

Naomi, Art, and Hyrum said...

I was 8 months pregnant and running(I had been all pregnancy) and I happened to glance over at a park and see some medieval fighting going on with some fairly serious participants. Needless to say I was distracted. I was running on the grass beside the side walk to ease the impact on my knees, when at this moment I tripped over something hidden in the grass...and my arms were windmilling so fast. I must have looked like an idiot and I am glad no one asked me if I was ok. I ran a little faster to get out of there fast.

josh and allie said...

THis goes back to Jr' high for me... took a home-ec. class where we learned to sew. I made some pajama pants that I planned to use for PE. Well I finished them, used them and totally ripped them while I was doing squats. In front of the class, outside, by the baseball field where the guys are. I was a very very embarassed teenager!!!!

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michele said...

I'm a member of an around the clock gym and was there late one night. I put on the ipod and decided... hey, no one is here I'm just going to sing along to my favorite songs while on the treadmill. After about 30 minutes of my singing I hear a clang and low and behold... yep... someone was on the treadmill behind me. I have no idea for for how long. Thank goodness they had their ipod on too.

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Megan said...

I can't believe I am actually going to share this, but here goes:

After watching "Million Dollar Baby" I thought boxing might be kind of fun. I'm not a violent person and could never imagine actually hitting someone so I opted to join a gym and get into their boxing class. They started out with a large punching bag and asked for someone to come up and volunteer. Total silence. I felt bad that nobody was going, so I sheepishly raised my hand. In front of the entire class, the instructor asked me to hit the bag as hard as I could. I had never hit anything in my life so I had no clue what I was doing. I pulled my arm back and punched the sucker with all of my strength. I watched the large bag swing back, but I guess the instructor wasn't ready because instead of stopping it, he let it PLOW into me! It hit me HARD right in the face and knocked me right down on the floor. I was totally disoriented and the entire class laughed in disbelief. That is, until I was able to stand and they saw my fat lip and bloody nose. As if that wasn't humiliating enough, the entire thing was BROADCAST on TV's all over the gym!!!!!! I asked for my money back and haven't been to the gym since. I was told by a friend that they still play my footage for an occasional laugh...or maybe as a cautionary tale? My humiliation lives on...and on...and on...and on. Ugh.

FawnGeorge said...

My kitten like to sit on the Gazelle and pretend he's exercizing.
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Anonymous said...

The best story I have was when I started to take up running (with our dog). We had recently moved out of state and I was not too familiar with the new surroundings but I was so determined. We ran together about a week or two and it went great. Then we went out as usual - running along and the dog starts pulling like crazy and next thing she was under my legs chasing a toad. I fell on top of her and rolled down a hill. Embarassing enough, the next thing I knew I was surrounded by about 12 people asking if I was ok and 1 who was an EMT was not convinced and wanted to call 911! Yikes, I got up totally embarassed and from then on I only walked the dog and ran without her.
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Brooke said...

My husband tried out the WiiFit before I could and said that the workouts were hard. So hard in fact that he got sick. I felt bad for him, babied him a little even. But then a couple hours later, as he shares this story with friends, the truth comes out. He had infact consumed a beer while working out. For being such a smart guy, that seems like a really dumb thing to do.
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Anonymous said...

I have actually gone flying off a treadmill. No good excuses, just inattention I guess. Luckily I wasn't injured. My friend and I both burst out laughing it was such great comedy--

Emilie
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Clements Family said...

I wish this was my story...but last week at the provo river half marathon, some guy was running so fast that he didn't even see someone walking across their running trail and smacked right into them. The runner didn't even stop and ran to the finish line a few yards away.

Jayne said...

My story is funny but not embarrassing. My daughters love to exercise next to me and it's especially enjoyable to see them attempting leg lifts.

jenspurg said...

We bought the Hip Hop Abs off of tv and were doing it one day(it's very fun and it works!). My almost 2 year old was sitting watching when she decided to get up and "exercise" with us! Her little legs doing the dances and moving her arms and kicks was just too funny. We had to take a break we were laughing so hard but glad she wanted to participate!

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Laura said...

My best is watching my one year old copy what I am doing as I do work-out videos in my living room. It gives a whole new perspective to how fun a work-out can be. She just thinks it is so fun to dance to the aerobics section that it makes me not think about how hard it actually is!
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