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You guys, today you are so lucky.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I wrangled you an awesome prize.

(OK, that might be a lie. Our gift giver is nice and sweet and required no wrangling.)

Anyhow, remember when I reviewed Charlotte Hilton Andersen’s new book, The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything? And I quote:

Charlotte’s book is just as hilarious as her blog (and if you haven’t read that yet—go.) And anyone who can make a Princess Bride reference and successfully use the word wussitude in a book about working out has my seal of approval.

I still stand by that. Well, today, you can enter for a chance to find out just how great the book is. First, Charlotte was a good sport and answered some of my ridiculous questions…

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at the gym?
A better question would be what have I done that isn’t embarrassing? I humiliate myself so often that I’ve had to categorize them: wardrobe malfunctions (like the day I cut up a t-shirt in an attempt to be trendy and had it literally disintegrate on my body during the workout—thank heavens for sports bras!), equipment screw ups (I once tangled my feet up so badly in the TRX it took 2 personal trainers to unhang me from the ceiling) and, the worst of all, when my body betrays me (the time I accidentally “freaked” on my aerobics instructor or when I accidentally hit a male Gym Buddy’s crotch or how about the time I yelled a curse word right when the music stopped in the middle of a class or—I can’t believe I’m telling you this—my panty liner got detached from my pants during a really intense workout and came out of the leg of my pants in a little sticky clump on the gym floor… aaaaggghhh! ). Shall I keep going?

Would you rather run five miles next to someone with knock-you-out body odor or use a weight machine covered in someone else’s sweat?
Give me pools of other people’s bodily fluids any day! I have a very sensitive nose—drug store cologne has been known to literally make me barf (made for some bad dates in high school!)—but a surprisingly high tolerance for ick.

If you could create your own fitness class, what would it be? Give it a catchy name, too, like Body Pump or Zumba, please.
Easy: The Rapper Guy Girlfriend’s Workout. You know, from Sir Mix-a-lot’s feminist treatise, Baby Got Back. It would be a whole class designed to pump up your butt. Pole dancing, lunges, squats – whatever it takes to get someone to say about you “Oh. my. gosh. Becky, look at her butt! She must be one of those rapper guy’s girl friends”!

A brief interruption: Is that not the best group fitness class ever? Yes, yes it is.

Boil all of your fitness knowledge down into one 140-character tweet.
Here’s my tweet: My fitness secret: Everything works. Until it doesn’t. Learn to embrace change because it’s going to happen to you anyways!

And now, your chance to win the book. Just leave a comment here answering the following question:

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at the gym?

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55 comments

1 Alex @ IEatAsphalt { 12.15.10 at 9:17 am }

I once thought that I had unclipped from a spin bike, but my foot was still in there. Needless to say, it was an interesting maneuver when I tried to swing my foot over and feel into the handle bars. I also ALWAYS hurt myself getting off the elliptical, they’re just dangerous.

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2 Amy @ Second City Randomness { 12.15.10 at 9:52 am }

Oh wow, she’s got a few good clumsy moments on me! Sort of jealous, but sort of not… ha

My worst would probably be when I was using that stupid abductor machine. It was in college and was (strategically?) placed next to a glass wall that looks out to the hallways. Quite a few prospective student tours went through that place. And it’’s happened a few times where I’m sure they and their parents got a sweet look at what brightly colored underwear I was wearing that day. Awesome.

Oh and I pretty much fall off the elliptical on a regular basis. Love it.

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Tracey Reply:

I knew you’d have something funny to add!

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3 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations { 12.15.10 at 10:26 am }

Glad to hear others have elliptical mishaps. I’ve not had a terribly embarrassing moment, but I do have those dismounting elliptical issues on occasion… need to pay attention to what I’m doing.

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4 Maren { 12.15.10 at 10:32 am }

omg the panty liner!!!! ahhhh!! So funny! I want to win this book soooo bad. It looks hilarious!! I’ve definitely had period mishaps…like the time that I leaked so bad it went throught my undies and my pants and onto the mat. Sweet life. Maybe I should check myself more often?

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5 Ann { 12.15.10 at 10:39 am }

I LOVE Charlotte’s blog. It never fails to crack me up and I would love to read her book.
My embarrassing gym moment happened many years when I was (um, occupied) in the bathroom and did not here the fire alarm (smoke in the old YMCA.) I had to walk through the building alone to find the entire occupancy along with the local fire department standing out front of the building looking at me. Whoops!

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Ann Reply:

I meant “hear” the fire alarm. Whoops.

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6 Hayley { 12.15.10 at 11:39 am }

I’ve really been wanting this book! I love Charlotte’s blog :)

My most embarrassing moment: I had just finished a long run and I was on an endorphin high…I also had a lot going on in my personal life and for some reason I got really emotional. And I started bawling. Seriously, full on crying and sobbing in the gym and it was impossible for everyone there not to notice. An old lady patted my sweaty back and said “there, there dear”. Most people just stared like I was a space alien. It was pretty mortifying.

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7 Heather C { 12.15.10 at 11:46 am }

Years ago, I was at the gym on the leg press, the one where you are kind of laying down, legs above you. Well, I was working those thighs bigtime, got finished, and jumped up only to immediately pass out cold on the floor. Came too with my husband and a whole crew of strangers standing over me. Thank you low blood pressure! Now, if I work the big thigh muscles, I pause before moving to quickly.

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8 Sagan { 12.15.10 at 12:07 pm }

Oh man, now I really want to do a class called the Rapper Guy Girlfriend’s Workout :D That would be fun!

Loved Charlotte’s book :) Hurray for blogger books!

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9 Shanna, like Banana { 12.15.10 at 12:17 pm }

oh my goodness..too funny..not to laugh at your misfortunes, but the panty liner one is a gem! LMAO!

I don’t know that I have a most embarassing moment…I have been around several people that farted in Bikram and I’m embarassed for them!

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10 Wei-Wei { 12.15.10 at 12:19 pm }

I… queefed.

’nuff said. (I apologise if anyone was grossed out.)

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11 Jen { 12.15.10 at 12:23 pm }

I almost fell off the stair machine – and when I say stair machine, I’m talking about the 10 foot tall machine that is like a rotating escalator. And when I say almost fell off, I mean tripped so both legs were hanging down and I was only hanging on with my hands. It was LOUD!

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12 AlaskanAlison { 12.15.10 at 1:07 pm }

I almost always leave crotch sweat marks on the weight machines. It’s disgusting and horrifying.

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13 Amanda { 12.15.10 at 1:09 pm }

I would love to win this book!
The first time I took a yoga class. I hadn’t realized how relaxing it would be, for all my body parts, and I passed gas. Soooo embarrassing.

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14 Margaret { 12.15.10 at 1:23 pm }

I’m glad I’m not the only one who leaves crotch marks on machines and has trouble with gas. But I usually just walk right into barbells, drop weights on myself, or confuse a regular gym member for a golden retriever running at me (true story).

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15 jessica { 12.15.10 at 2:10 pm }

being the girl whose ipod, etc always seems to go flying off the treadmill or eliptical because my arms get out of control and caught in the ear phone cord. grrr. but maybe the book wont’ make me feel so bad about my clumsiness?

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Tracey Reply:

That ALWAYS happened to me, too. Flailing arms are a gym hazard!

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16 Suzanne @ Continuing My Education { 12.15.10 at 2:35 pm }

Hum…probably falling on the treadmill…luckily nothing too bad!

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17 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate { 12.15.10 at 2:55 pm }

Probably the time I was running on the treadmill, the belt skipped, and I went flying off. Did I mention it was during peak gym hours?! I totally scuffed my knee up and everything. So embarrassing!

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18 Nichole { 12.15.10 at 5:23 pm }

(this is awesome, and I think I snorted out loud reading her most embarrassing moments. I do remember this post, btw!)

I was working in the “boys only” weight area with the hubs, acting all cool. I was doing an exercise where you lie on a bench and lifting a bar. Darn thing fell on me and I motioned helpless for help to my hubs who was rocking out and couldn’t hear me, luckily a meathead saved me. I was red from embarrassment AND lack of oxygen. I will no longer find the videos of this happening on America’s Funniest Home Videos amusing.

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Tracey Reply:

Um, OUCH!!

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19 Heather { 12.15.10 at 7:05 pm }

In high school I went to the YMCA with my friend and during our stairmaster (it was the 90s!) workout, she said “this guy next to me keeps farting!!” And we had a good laugh. But it was actually me farting the whole time. :)

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) Reply:

bahaha! I love that!

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Amy Reply:

My BFF and I took karate together. For about six months every time we worked with one of the advanced instructors he let fly these SBD farts. My friend says let’s go work with Mr.— and I say no way! that guy reeks. She starts laughing hysterically and tells me it was her the whole time she only timed it to working with him so I would think it was him! That is one elaborate twist on the fart game…

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Tracey Reply:

That’s hysterical! Also, daring of her since I wonder who he thought was letting out that gas…

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20 Anon { 12.15.10 at 8:27 pm }

Haven’t been to a gym in years (health struggles). But back in the day I definitely fell off the treadmill. Then there are “other” things like forgetting to shave…or wearing “too big” shorts.
Would love to get this book.

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21 Amy at The SceneFromMe { 12.15.10 at 10:02 pm }

Fuuny! I’ll gladly join you in the rapper guy’s girlfriends booty shaking class.
I need to check out this book and her blog too!
Thanks!

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22 Lee { 12.15.10 at 10:46 pm }

I’ve had my fair share of farting at the gym moments.

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23 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) { 12.15.10 at 10:51 pm }

It wasn’t funny but once I pulled the pin in the lat pull down machine and the bar came CRASSHHHHING down to earth and missed my head by one inch. I stood frozen and horrified as I was already self conscious at 230 pounds in the big boy section of the gym. A meat-head came up to me, picked up the bar and said “You don’t understand, today IS a very good day” I carried on but afterwards had a good boo-hoo in the locker room.

I love the scene in Lost in Translation when Bill Murray gets stuck on the runaway elliptical and his legs are going as fast as a hamsters.

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24 Diane Fit to the Finish { 12.16.10 at 12:26 am }

I went with a friend once and sat down backward on one of the exercise machines. Some nice young man said, “Excuse me, but you are backwards.” I left.

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25 Thetreadmilldiaries { 12.16.10 at 7:23 am }

While running on the treadmill, the cord from my iPhone got wrapped up in my arms, came crashing to the ground, which caused me to get distracted and come flying off the treadmill on my bum. Good times. LOL.

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26 Nicole, RD { 12.16.10 at 7:54 am }

You 2 have the SAME sense of humor – I love it! That bodily fluids answer was great!

My most embarrassing gym happening occurs every time I go and swear a lot (99% of the time) — my crotch sweats more than any other part of me and I look like I’ve peed myself. It’s totally embarrassing. The things we do for health and fitness…

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27 Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) { 12.16.10 at 7:55 am }

I once loaded up a leg press machine so heavy that I couldn’t press it and got trapped with my knees practically behind my ears. Not very smart.

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28 nance { 12.16.10 at 8:24 am }

The comments above are just some of the reasons I never enter a gym. Exercise is dangerous! Not to mention embarrassing.

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29 Cheryl { 12.16.10 at 10:42 am }

I totally tripped on the treadmill and went down for the count.. So sad!!

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Amy Reply:

I tripped on the treadmill and went down only to have the “cute guy” that my friend and I had been scoping for weeks rush over to my aid. Ironically, he is now married to said friend…he was looking for an excuse to meet HER and I only ended up with the embarrassment. ah well…

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Tracey Reply:

HA HA. I love how they ended up together though! Your comment is like the beginning and ending of a romantic comedy.

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30 Leslie { 12.16.10 at 1:27 pm }

Love Charlotte’s blog. I’m trying the Female Body Breakthrough program after reading her posts on it.

Mine’s not original. I pass very stinky gas on the treadmill. I can’t help it. But it’s worse because I work out in our very small COMPANY

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31 Leslie { 12.16.10 at 1:27 pm }

…COMPANY gym and there’s no way to pass off blame.

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32 ganeshmuthiah { 12.16.10 at 9:01 pm }

I like your website, keep blogging.

Cheers,
Ganesh

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33 Sarah { 12.16.10 at 10:57 pm }

Before starting up the treadmill, I was getting my iphone ready to pump my tunes, but I pushed play before plugging in the headphones. So, everyone in the (very quiet) gym got surprised by a blast of “IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH!!!!”

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35 Kim K. { 12.17.10 at 7:22 am }

Had to chime in on this one… I grabbed yoga pants off the floor to wear for Pilates later in the day, only to discover the dog had chewed a VERY large hole in the crotch! We all got a really good laugh out of it. (still did the class, just covered my crotch with a towel. Awkward.)

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Tracey Reply:

Oh, dogs. At least you were able to get a laugh out of it!

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36 Laura I.(G.G) { 12.17.10 at 8:04 am }

Was working with a personal trainer who had me doing some kind of intense interval workout on an ArcTrainer. I got off the machine w/o a cooldown, took a couple of steps, and passed out. Very embarassing to wake up sprawled on the gym floor surrounded by concerned people!

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Tracey Reply:

Oh, I hope you were OK! Passing out around gym equipment doesn’t sound safe.

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37 Erika { 12.17.10 at 9:08 am }

My most embarrassing thing happened during an outdoor workout (I tend to prefer outdoor activities).

I had just returned from a summer of working in the mountains of New Mexico, where my coworkers were a mountain-bicyclist and a European-professional-triathlete and my boss was a Clydesdale triathlete (and yes, we were all chemists! Weird!) Anyway, after this intense summer of high altitude bicycling I came home to flat Michigan and was out pounding out some miles with my (triathlete) mother. I hit a teeny-tiny pothole, maybe 6″ across, and flew over the handlebars before landing head-first in the ditch and skidding to the bottom.

I had to walk my bike home the last mile, limping, grass-stained, and bleeding while my mother laughed at me and all the neighbors (whom we’ve known for years) stared. Mother told every one of them that we passed that I’d been “hot rodding” and showing off, even though I wasn’t.

The bike needed repairs, too.

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Tracey Reply:

Yikes! This story makes me worry for your safety, not laugh. Hope you were OK! :)

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38 Katie { 12.17.10 at 10:37 am }

Didn’t happen to me, but in the middle of a women’s collegiate basketball game, someone’s pad fell out and NONE of the men working the game knew what it was, and when they found out, had NO idea what to do with it. Eventually our (male) janitor came out with plastic gloves to remove it.

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39 Julie { 12.17.10 at 1:28 pm }

My worst gym moment occured in the pool. I was swimming a bunch of laps, and the lane was pretty busy, so I kept hitting the lane rope. Near the end of my workout, someone tapped me on the back when I got to the wall and said “Excuse me, I didn’t want to embarrass you, but you have a big hole in the back of your swimsuit, and I thought you should know before you got out.”
It turned out I had ripped a giant hole in my suit when I hit the lane rope, and I was flashing everyone I swam past!

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Tracey Reply:

Oh no! That’s pretty funny, though. Thank goodness someone was nice enough to tell you!

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40 Abi { 12.17.10 at 1:44 pm }

ugh. Thought I’d be cool and ‘ride’ off the back of the treadmill… that didn’t work out so well, then as a reflex as I was going down I grabbed the person on the next treadmill to ’steady’ myself. Thankfully it was my gym buddy cause we both ended up on the floor.

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Tracey Reply:

I’ve definitely tried that before. It does, in theory, seem like it’d be really cool. In theory.

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