Did I mention the name of the gym where I go? It's called IChooseAwesome and it is run by two very fit and friendly young men named Ben and Kallum. My own trainer is Blake and he is fantastic! So is Emma, my water aerobics instructor. I thought I was one of the oldest clients but I certainly am not! There is a wide range of clients at the gym, from teenagers to people in their 80's. I run some of the water aerobics classes myself and I absolutely love it. I get to chat with lots of people, make new friends and the workout keeps me fit as well. On Thursday mornings, I do two classes in a row and that's an hour and a half workout, though I often stop to watch the participants and make sure they've got the moves! The good thing about going to a gym is that it becomes a community. We all wave and say hi every morning and we encourage each other. The other day, Blake got me to do sit- ups (knees bent and he stood on my feet), and I had to do four sets of twelve, with sideways crunches and another exercise whose name I have forgotten.
Well, I did the 48 sit ups and Blake told me I had two minutes of my session to go and what would I like to do next? I said I would like to try ten sit-ups without him standing on my feet. I did them and then Blake said, Now the question is, can you do ten more?! I said yes. I must say at this point that when I do exercises on the floor, I take my glasses off because they steam up and that's not a good look, so I generally exercise with my eyes shut so I don't get giddy. Anyway, I did the last ten exercises, Blake got me to my feet, and everyone in the room had gathered around to applaud me! That felt so great! I did 68 sit-ups and everyone there realised what a hard task that was and wanted to show their appreciation. Now sit-ups are my favourite exercise because every time I do them I am reminded how kind people can be.