My Grand Return to Gym Culture After Seventeen years

The last time I went to the gym was in 2004, just before George W Bush got elected for a second term. That’s when I started getting fat.

Actual footage of me in 2003 before the dreaded Bush re-election.

Lesson One: People don’t get changed and shower at the gym anymore. They arrive in their gym clothes and shower back at home.

Lesson. Two: Start with a personal trainer session to show you the ropes. (Unfortunately, this wasn’t available because of something they called ‘the pandemic’)

Uncoordinated people like me tend to use machines for a reason.

Lesson Three: Dress Casually.

Pumping Iron (1977) Imagine the towel whipping back then.



Australian author of psychological fiction and short stories.

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