Meaty Men, The Gym and Me

Yesterday, I walked into the weight room at my local gym. It’s a small, intimate space with a rack of weights along a mirrored wall opposite the squat rack, and a cosy corner stuffed with three various bench-focused exercise tools. A health and safety nightmare, some might say.

Except for a few regulars, who recognised me, every man – and they were all men – did a speedy double-take before continuing with their routines. I used to fell weird about this but now I feel weird if it doesn’t happen. It’s nice to have a status quo. Lady lifter here, LOOK AT ME! My fellow lifters ranged from lanky buff to poppable-with-a-pin buff and the atmosphere was actually quite nice. Music was shit though.

Currently, I’m coming off a lazy few months so going back to the gym was daunting. I walked to the bench feeling guilty and weak. There is a pressure in that room to be beastly. I wished to be beastly but I was soft and squishy. And the MEN WERE WATCHING.

So, there are many solutions for when you haven’t lifted in a while. But I can only think of two:

1) lighter weights and the standard 3 sets of 10 reps

2) same weights as before but a lower 3 sets of 5 reps

The important question to ask yourself is how high is your level of ego? For example, mine is cripplingly high when doing weights. Taking this into consideration, I decided to go with option 2.

Then, as I am trying not to faint – seriously, it was hell – one of my fellow lifters said,

“Wow, you never know how powerful you are. You look soft but you are strong.”

Now, I should mention that I live in China and this guy spoke pretty good English but something must have been lost in translation.

I’m sure he meant to say I look sexy.


It was a good day.

Do you even lift?

Join my mailing list to get email notifications of new posts. (no spam, promise!)

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with the me and Mailchimp to receive marketing, updates, and other emails from the The Lazy Slinky. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time

Join me on Insta!

My latest posts



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s