Today, I caused a very strong man to fall down on his face at the gym.
How did I manage this?
Let me tell you the story.
It’s noon on a beautiful day in Charlotte, NC. The sun is shining, it’s 73 glorious degrees outside, and I realize if we jump in the car RIGHT NOW, childcare at the Y will still be open long enough to squeeze in a quick run.
I throw on my visor and sunglasses (because you know I’m already dressed in my mom-uniform-workout-clothes), usher the kids in the car, and we’re off.
I check in the kids and enjoy a beautiful run outside on the track. Afterward, I still have a few minutes before I need to pick them up, so I go into the fitness room to knock out some sit-ups and pushups.
I pick a spot on the floor for said exercises and notice the man next to me has a very intriguing setup. He has two gigantic dumbbells set on end on either side of him and a mat laying in front. I watch in wonder, crunching away, as he places his palms on the flat tops of the dumbbells and raises himself to a seated hovering position. He proceeds to tuck his legs & slowly swing them to the back, partially extending them out behind him. All while hovering.
I lose count of my crunches at this point because, FREAKING AWESOME.
He lowers himself back to the floor and continues to repeat this cycle.
I finish crunching and move into pushup position.
Now, let me stop here to ask you something. Have you ever done a pushup while wearing a visor? Just wondering.
I start in a high plank and drop into a full pushup. The rim of my visor collides violently with the floor, my head snaps back, and I release an involuntary yelp.
Next to me, Strong Man laughs, mid-hover, loses all strength, and falls on his face.
It was all as dramatic and embarrassing as it sounds. For the record, I removed my visor, and still completed two sets of pushups. Strong Man went back to his hovering. And we both pretended the incident never happened.