Gym + injuries = gymjuries. Get it? Yes, I am a clever cat, I know this.
I started thinking about injuries at the gym when I read Christina’s blog post at The Athletarian earlier today about how she got a black eye from the assisted pull-up machine. I guess someone left the weights kind of floating in the air, so when she tried to fix it the knee pad + weights came crashing down on her face. Anyway, don’t let me tell you the story, you should probably go over to her blog to read it for yourself. Her eye looks so painful and swollen, but she has a great sense of humour about the whole thing and her post made me laugh (seriously Christina, I hope your eye is good as new asap!)
I started thinking further about gym injuries while I was at the gym arc training it up tonight, and a woman running on the treadmill in front of me tripped, fell, and went flying off the back of the treadmill. Luckily she was not hurt, but she was so embarrassed (and fair enough, I would be too. It is a fear of mine and I’m surprised it’s never happened to me).
And I always hear about people dropping weights on their feet, pinching their fingers between stacked weights, etc.
Gyms are dangerous places, my friends. I too have been hurt at the gym. Please note I was not hurt badly at all, and I am only telling this because I think it is a funny story.
A few of years ago I was gymming it up early in the morning before work (at my previous job). I was feeling extra adventurous that day so I thought I would try out a few weight machines (remember I was not very weight machine savvy until about this time last year).
I finished on one machine, and I bent over quickly to pick up my water bottle. There was a bar sticking out from the machine next to the one I was on, and I didn’t see it when I bent over, and…
It is the most recent memory I have of seeing genuine stars. My forehead smashed that pole hard.
The gym was busy, and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself because I felt kind of dumb (even though I’m sure my head made quite a CLUNK when it hit the bar and I’m sure people heard it). Instead of acknowledging my injury, I was all…
And carried on with my workout. I had a bit of a headache, but I powered through anyway. I thought I noticed a couple people looking at me funny, but I figured I was being paranoid and no one saw or noticed anything.
After my workout, I went into the change room and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. My entire face was beet red (as per usual), except for…
A giant WHITE welt on my forehead. Soo obviously noticeable.
Anyway, nothing huge, but I definitely laughed about it later. Luckily that has been my only gymjury.
And I’m sure I’ll drop a barbell on my foot tomorrow after saying that…
- Have you ever injured yourself at the gym?
- Anyone else have their face go BRIGHT RED after a workout? 😉
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