1st Day at the Gym

by Phil Sporlan
originally published at 12:43AM on Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Michael sits in the locker room a few very old men are standing by their lockers naked. Very uncomfortable, he waits a few minutes for them to leave. They don’t they just stand there speaking about politics and money. Not only are they not leaving they aren’t even getting dressed. Ten minutes goes by, time to make a move. Keeping his back to the old men Michael quickly gets out of his clothes into his work out clothes. To anyone the two sets of clothes would pass as twins.

Now walking out of the locker room Michael notices very thin women pumping iron and a few man roid heads. Who gets up this early? Tradmill, Michael can do this. Getting to the treadmill is worse than walking to the front of class for show and tell.
Where’s the on button? Michael begins pressing buttons. The treadmill begins to take off.

Someone yells from across the room.
“You need to reserve that machine!”

Michael smiles and walks back into the locker room. This working out stuff isn’t easy. Tomorrow will be better.




  • from THX 0477:

    Sad little story, the poor guy. The writing in the first paragraph wound up a bit unclear and took a few reads to figure out what you meant. But once I did, it’s a funny scene, as the poor guy waits awkwardly for the naked old guys to clear off.

  • from Kermitgorf:

    O the image u painted in the 1st parargraph.. glad i am not a gym rat. lol

  • from penguincaptain18:

    I like this series. Ugg/Michael is a character that you can really root for. I hope he gets a happy ending. Yeah naked old guys…. not a fun picture…