Thursday, August 23, 2007

i'll never come back again

To understand where I'm coming from on this, you need to know that a long, long time ago, at my old job, there was a frighteningly well-equipped gym in the basement, with step aerobics classes and interval training and a weight room. I used to work out twice a day, once before work and once after work. I'd stand in the front row and, because I knew the sequence of moves so well, I focused all my attention on pushing myself as hard as I possibly could. And after every class, the instructor would dim the lights and we'd be lying on the floor, stretching, our eyes closed, our heartrates slowing, our breathing gradually evening out, and the same song would always be playing in the background, so softly that we had to strain to hear the lyrics.

And, yeah, that feeling of redemption never did do much for me.

16 comments:

Julia said...

I wasn't even in this country yet for this song. :) And I've never heard it before. I learn something new every day.

furrow said...

Damn, did that say 1989? How old are you? Just kidding. That's not a song I know. It seems an oddly up-tempo choice for an aerobic cool down.

niobe said...

Julia, Furrow: Yes, I must confess that, in fact, I am old. Really, really, really old. Like, I mean, ancient. Can you say "an-te-di-lu-vi-an?" Thought you could.

Bon said...

hey, fellow protohuman from the dark ages...

this was a weird flashback. i've always liked the richness of her voice, but the poppiness just makes me cringe.

that and the hair. and the outfits.

must go cleanse.

Elizabeth said...

Ooh, step aerobics! When I was here before for my MS there were step aerobics classes EVerywhere all over campus, most taught/led by way-too-chirpy undergrads. Now all the fitness classes are either yoga, pilates, or some combination thereof, taught by intensely serious professionals.

Twice a day???? Good god woman, you do push yourself hard.

missedconceptions said...

That is a woman? She has a very low voice (not that there is anything wrong with that). Either that or it is a man with amazing bone structure and gorgeous hair.

I have never heard that song before.

missedconceptions said...

Niobe -- You are a master of esoteric, little-used S.A.T.-quality words like "antediluvian." Bravo! MC

The Oneliner (Christina) said...

Wooooooooo, who is that? I am waaaay out of the loop..I've never heard of it.
I can't imagine working out twice a day. That says a lot about you.

niobe said...

elizabeth, christina: Note how I said used to work out twice a day. "Used to" as in past tense. In this case, very, very past tense.

Mostly what it says about me is I'm kind of obsessive and that I had no life. These days, I'm doing well if I work out twice a week.

My Reality said...

Never heard this song before.

I wish I had the discipline to work out twice a day.

wannabe mom said...

OMG i too am as old as dirt yet i've never heard that song. i just feel icky all over now!

painted maypole said...

yeah, that twice a day thing is mindboggling - "used to" or not. I've always wondered who those people were. You, apparently. :)

LeRoy Dissing said...

Same here..never heard the song before but like it!

stat763 said...

I'll admit it, I am a lurker on your blog. I am older than dirt too and I definitely remember that song. Hearing it brings back a lot of memories. It feels like 2 lifetimes ago.

niobe said...

stat763: Thanks for delurking. And for saying that the song brings back memories for you too.

Eva said...

My husband likes Tanita Tikaram. I'd never actually seen her before or heard this song. I wonder why the instructor always played this one. Maybe it's the perfect length for your heart rate to return to normal? Or maybe the teacher had a crush.

The twice-a-day thing, well. That's something else. I personally hated step aerobics, and I hate working out in mirrored rooms with strangers, so I admire your fortitude. But I'm glad you stopped.