Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Gym Reject

In preparing for my holiday in the UK and the winter assault, I upped my antioxidant and vitamin C etc..   At the same time thought it wise to increase my fitness level for the Christmas shopping, (and make way for fish n chips, eggnog, family gatherings and the mere joviality of the season) I took myself off to the gym. 
My idea was to sign up for a month, work those muscles and do some cardio.  The nearest gym (which was not the best idea) happens to be a rather la di da place, what they call a, “boutique gym”.   I forgot that when they opened a few years ago it was branded as stylish and geared to the well paid professional - and pretentious!    So pray tell why I found myself walking up their stairs on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, it had to be a senior moment. 

Mister, the I look so good trainer, welcomed me with his best greeting and asked me whether I’m part of any corporate group.  Errr no!  He went into a long spiel about signing up and membership as if it was a given.  He probably thought that I was retarded because I kept interrupting him about the $300 sign up fee.  He was clearly annoyed that I didn't find the ambience and prestige of association impressive, we were back and forth about me handing over $300 "to belong" and then $120 a month for membership.  Hell no…... My friends would laugh me out of the park. 

His next “twist arm tactic” was well if you sign up for $200 and the monthly fee, you can use the gym off peak hours.  All I wanted was to join for a month, but boyfriend said that is reserved for tourist, oh yeah, this is a holiday destination!

The gym really is very nice and offers a wide range of services; a weight room, a "cardio theatre" with intimidating looking treadmills, bikes, steppers, rowers, weight room. 
On offer is Les Mills Classes; Bodypump, bodyjam, bodyvive, bodybalance, bodystep, bodyattack …. - hour long high-intensity workouts burn through fat and help carve lean muscle. (OMG);  and classes like Zumba, spin, pilates etc.

I was trying to process all the technology when suddenly the trainer asked me if I ever tried Surfside, another gym.  Before I could respond properly he added that Surfside would be more suitable for me. Wtf, lol and more lol, for half a second I lost my speech.  Anyway I swallowed hard, thanked him for his time only too happy to escape the madness.  That place is stupidly expensive even if I made the grade.


I pulled these pictures from their Facebook page to prove my point, this gym is for the glam squad. 

Since then I’ve signed up for the Yummy Mummy Fitness zumba group. 
Classes are twice weekly at a local primary school
and the fee is …. wait for it $5 a class. 
Yeah baby fitness and fun. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Sister Support

I tend to just buy the Sunday papers and rarely watch national news so it was with amusement that I learnt of the kefuffle with the Minister of Finance suggesting that the Leader of the Opposition (who just happens to be a woman) to go …………… lol.
The Naughty Boy!
Yes we know the behavior was akin to a little boy tantrum and more disturbing because this was the second occurrence in recent times that the esteemed Minister had made a deprecating remark towards a woman.  
Not to get caught up in the political venting and posturing, suffice it to say that the Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley called for a parliamentary vote of no-confidence and a public petition  was targeted at the Minister of Finance,  Chris Sinckler wherein thousands of signatures were collected.

Mia Mottley
I went along to the Rally in Queens Park which was supposed to be non political and I must admit the early speakers kept it cool but by late evening the trash talk and good old Caribbean ‘bacchanal” played out.  Ms Mottley came on stage to thunderous applause, she is such an eloquent speaker! 

Queen's Park, beautiful setting for a Rallly

The rationale behind the motion was to have the Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart remove the Minister of Finance from his portfolio.  

Some dismissed the rally to be a political stunt to gain mileage.    

Whatever it was and I’m not political, but I do support Ms Mottley for taking exception to the Minister of Finance comment  that she, the Leader of the Oppostion Mia Mottley should “strip naked and run down Broad Street in her attempt to get attention”. 

Pleeeaaase Chris, Mia Amor Mottley, Queens’s Counsel, Member of Parliament and Leader of the Opposition gets attention without trying.   

Here is a woman who receives accolades for her oratorical skills, is beloved by her constituents, young old and in between, is at ease with the boys on the block, at home with Heads of Government, comes from a wealthy middle class family;  at 29 was one of the youngest Barbadians ever to hold a ministerial portfolio, a political lineage to equal that of Errol Barrow and you say she is seeking attention .... I don't think so.

No, Mr. Minister, if she does not become the next Prime Minister of Barbados I’ll eat my hat; ooops!  So maybe you should go and wash your mouth out with soap. 
Any more disparaging remarks towards women and my female friends and I may just vote Sisterhood!