Post # 1
So I know I must not be the only one that has had something embarrassing happen to them at the gym or exercising. Earlier this week I managed to faceplant into the sidewalk on my run…I blame my large feet and the lack of warning sign that the sidewalk was uneven 🙂 Not only did I still have 2 miles to go until home but I was on a super busy highway, I’m sure I was quite the sight.
Anyways, now I’m sitting here with a sprained wrist and too many cuts to count, please tell me someone else is as ungraceful as I am!
Share your stories!
Post # 3
I’ve fallen off the treadmill before. It was so dumb. So so dumb.
I had just finished my jog and I had slowed the treadmill down to zero. Usually at that point I just stand on it and it puts me back a little bit from the front/buttons area. Well, apparently I didn’t stop it at zero. I stopped it at like the slowest you can go on that machine. So when I stood there taking my headphones off I just kept going backwards until I fell off the back. Ugh.
I hope your wrist feels better soon. And those scrapes will go away in no time.
Post # 4
Sure, I’ll share.
I was riding my road bike with new clipless pedals. If you’re not familiar, this pedal requires a special shoe that has a mechanism that attaches it to the pedal so you’re literally locked in unless you throw your heels out to the side and unclip.
So I’m going up this steep hill in the completely wrong gear… (now) DH says “K, you’re in the WRONG GEAR” and I’m like whatever, I’m a beast I can do this hill no problem.
False. I was almost to the top, came to a flat stop and because I could not unclip fast enough (due to being in the pedal motion), I simply fell over like a tree.
But this was no regular fall. This was a fall down the side of a steep hill that ended in a drainage ditch. I tipped over and slid head-first, with my feet connected to my bike, into a ditch. Scraped the shit out of myself and my bike, and was so raging angry that I STILL couldn’t unclip and had to have DH do it for me.
Post # 5
You have no idea. I have tripped on the sidewalk too, fell off a curb, stepped in a hole & sprained my ankle, vomited in a trashcan, vomited in a bush, taken a doodie on a trail, blown a snot rocket onto my own arm, ran into a street sign, and also ran into a parked car. All this happened while running. OMG embarrassing.
At the gym, well I once farted in yoga class, tripped on a treadmill (didn’t fall down but my shoe make an awful ‘SQUEEECH’ noise), I walked into an open locker on my way out of the showers once too. I dropped a heavy weight once too, and it was so quiet at THAT MOMENT in the gym everyone could hear it.
You are NOT alone.
Post # 6
I was on the treadmill the other day. I had my ipod sitting on the dock on the treadmill and somehow I hit my headphone cord and my ipod went flying across the room. I was soo embarressed. One of the trainers went and picked it up for me, ugh..i hate when everyone looks at me.
Post # 7
Well, Classic TMI: Farted while running. The horror.
Post # 8
Oh no!! I hope you’re okay! That totally sucks. I didn’t actually injure myself while running, but I did have an embarassing moment. I was running quite a long distance and I needed to spit. So, I did, and ended up spitting all over myself just as a guy passed me. It’s always hot to see a chick wipe a big gob of saliva off her chin and arm! 😉
Post # 9
@KristenGotMarried: This is my biggest fear with those pedals!!! I will never bike with them.
Post # 10
I dropped a barbell in the middle of a squat because a fly landed on me and scared the crap out of me. Oh yeah, that happened this morning. Sigh. I was just getting over my anxiety at being the only female in the weight area, then I had to go and do that. EVERYONE was looking at me.
I’ve tripped and fallen off the treadmill a few times. Dropped a few dumbbells in my day too. Man, I fail at the gym.
Post # 11
@LiliKitty: lolz! I could totally see doing something like that. I am always so braindead after a hard workout.
@tampabride1006: In college, I was jogging down to the campus fitness center with my discman in hand (yes, it was pre-ipod days) and I totally bit it in the middle of a crosswalk. I sprawled forward, my discman went clattering off to the side, CD popping out and all, right as the light was getting ready to change. I was only scraped up thankfully, with my ego suffering the toughest blow.
I’m looking forward to reading more of these fitness bloopers!
Post # 12
Thank you ladies! Isn’t it just best to laugh at yourself? I called FI when I got home and once he determined I was ok he proceeded to ask for permission to laugh 🙂 Now hes just laughing at me when I use my elbow to turn the door handle or ask him to help me wash my hair!
Post # 13
A few years ago I was just getting back in to fitness and I was doing sprint training on the treadmills at this 24 hour gym in my old hometown. So of course I head over at midnight (stupid sleep schedule at the time) and the only 2 people in the entire gym are these 2 guys from my old high school and elementary school. One was a nice enough guy in school, the other was a total d-bag, combined they’re not my favourite people.
Even though we were the only people in the gym, they didn’t say a word to me. They got on the treadmills on either side of me and talked about me while I was sprinting. I was so frazzled by the awkwardness of the situation that I dropped my iPod and had it shoot off the back of the treadmill. AND THEN because I was so frazzled AND embarrassed, I didn’t turn the treadmill totally off when I went to retrieve my iPod, so I also shot off the back of the treadmill and landed awkwardly on my ass. Bruised my tailbone and my pride. I tried to recover all cool like and sprint for a bit, but the laughter from both sides of me made me run home.
Post # 14
Haha OMG I could write a book!
The other day at crossfit I was being shown how to do a pull up with elastics that are supposed to take some weight off and make it easier. It’s basically like a giant hair elastic that is tied to the bar and then you slip one foot in and do your pull ups. Well my foot slipped and the elastic sprung up right between my legs. Ouch. There I was standing in the middle of the gym looking like I was wearing one of those baby door bouncers hanging from the bar.
Last summer I rode my bike down a steep hill and totally wiped out. Destroyed my knees and elbows and now I have huge scars. Years ago I tripped over a sprinkler while running and broke my ankle.
Post # 15
@berybery: Oooh I’ve totally dropped my ipod and watched it shoot off the back of the treadmill before. And by before, I mean once a week. :p
Post # 16
Add me to the falling off the treadmill club.
I was running at a pretty good clip, and I noticed that the TV above me was showing a volcano and lava. I was interested, and wondered whether a volcano had erupted or something like that… but the TV was RIGHT above me, so I really had to crane my neck to see it. I lost my footing and stepped on the side of the treadmill, flailed my arms and legs a bunch, gave up trying to regain my pace, and somehow managed to shoot off the treadmill on my knees, backwards.
ETA I still have the scar from the ‘floor burn’.