Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Workin' out in Cowboy Boots!

The other day my Studly Hubby picked me up from work and we drove to the gym, but when we got there we realized that my gym bag had been left at home. It takes 15 minutes to get to the gym, so it would take as long to go back and get my stuff as it would for the Studly Hubby to just work out for 30 minutes, so I decided to just wait for him. And then I realized it takes me about 25 minutes to do all my physical therapy exercises and if the Studly Hubby loaned me his Studly sweatpants (that he was wearing over his shorts) I could easily do that while I waited. The problem was, we are supposed to wear shoes out on the gym floor at all times and the only shoes I had were the ones I had on - my Ariat FatBaby cowboy boots (below):

As I have told you all before (more than once), these are totally rad boots. But they are definitely not gym appropriate. Especially when you are wearing them over too-big sweatpants and trying to work out at a gym.

But I am strong and I persevered. First, I stood in front of the full-length mirror in the locker room and psyched myself up. I looked like an idiot, but an idiot with some sort of purpose (because nobody goes out in public looking that dumb without a purpose). So I puffed out my chest and marched on out.

And... nobody noticed or cared. And the boots are quite comfortable! Now that I am safely through this experience, I can say that I'm glad I bravely put myself out there. But if you have been dying to wear cowboy boots to the gym, you may still want to proceed with caution... it might have just been a lucky night.

5 comments:

tom said...

you could do a series of experiments to see if anybody ever notices anything at the gym, or how much of an eyebrow they raised, depending on what you wear...

Redevetter said...

my guess is SOMEBODY noticed, but everyone tries so hard to not be noticed noticing and not wanting to be noticed themselves that you don't notice anything. It is a great social experiment!

Uncle KT said...

There was a transgendered person (born man, projecting woman) at the gym that I used to go to and she would always wear a skirt and heels while lifting some FREAKIN' HUGE weights and no one cared. Although I was always worried for that person's knees...I love a good heel, but not at the gym!

But my point is that if no one cared in that case, which is an extreme case of not quite fitting in...then I think you're fine.

uncle bruce said...

As a male, I am not always aware when I am wearing something ridiculously inappropriate. But when I am aware, I think the right approach if someone notices is to be ready to laugh with them. "Why isn't EVERYBODY here wearing boots like these? Aren't they totally perfect?"

Mariela said...

Nice post..! I got my first pair of Ariat cowboy boots from Sheplers.