It's been an eternity since I've updated this category which is not reflective of my gym attendance of late. I've actually been very good ever since switching health clubs back in January '09 and ran into a friend on my first visit. He and his girlfriend were there, we chatted a bit, and he asked, "Dude, my girlfriend thinks I'm getting fat. Can we be workout partners?" I high-fived his girlfriend, fist-bumped my buddy to seal the deal, and the last 15 months he and I have been going three to four times a week together. My recommendation to anyone who hates going to the gym is find someone to workout with. It's made all the difference to both of us. Today was our chest workout and as I quietly recited I must, I must improve my bust. The bigger the better the tighter the sweater, I caught a glimpse of this guy and all else faded away.
I saw him about thirty feet away, dressed in head to toe black, and at first glimpse it looked like he was wearing some sort of Elizabethan/ Project Runway avant-garde workout challenge outfit. Lets just jump over the fact that he was working out with sunglasses on and get right to that collar. I had to get a closer peak and see if this 6'3" surly looking fella had raided Lady GaGa's closet so I told my workout partner I needed a drink of water. Getting closer I observed that he'd taken a large black bathroom towel, twisted it, placed the ends inside the front of his shirt, and hoisted up the back part so high it was almost above his head. Why? Why not! I marveled for a moment, got a drink of water, and then returned to the bench press. I took another look at him and then benched the most weight I've ever lifted. Did his bold outfit give me extra strength? Maybe. Did his sunglasses bother me? Yes. Do wacky people at the gym inspire me? Hell yes! I live for that stuff.
Thank you gym dude.
The above drawing was done with pen, micron pens, and black & brown india ink on sketchbook paper. No photoshop needed.
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Thanks everyone for looking and hopefully laughing.