Today, in addition to 3 hours of aqua aerobics, aqua flex and stretch and aqua circuit, I decided it was time to venture on to dry land. I had a personal training session with one of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center interns. She was gentle with me and everything went well until she asked me to extend my arms, bend them up at the elbows and make a fist with each hand. The weights room has one mirrored wall and as soon as I saw myself in this Popeye pose I fell about laughing. “What’s so funny?” asked Racine ” This is not what I normally do” I wheezed ” I have never seen myself like this before”
We took a few minutes for me to get used to my muscle man pose and then Racine asked me to move my arms up over my head, touching my fists at the crown. As previously reported, my shoulders know only how to hunch, and my upper arms to hang uselessly by my sides, so I found this transition surprisingly difficult. The challenge was to move from Popeye to Butch Ballerina 15 times in a row. Racine mentioned that most people do it with weights. Imagine.
I think I’ll set up a mirror on my new desk in my new office next month, and do these reps when I need a break from work. If I don’t ever build upper body strength, the laugh will still do me good.
Note: the superfit comic hero Popeye is not to be confused with the fried chicken and biscuit franchise of the same name. Both fried chicken and biscuits are very calorie dense, and thus to be avoided. Be like Popeye (oh, and me) and eat spinach instead. 😉