Seeing as we live in such a beautiful city and we’re lucky enough to work close to the Company Gardens, we have decided to take some of the bootcamp classes into the great outdoors.
So far we’ve had tow awesome sessions in the gardens, there is so much to do there and despite the WTF looks we get from the people having their early lunches there while we zip past then drop and do a few push-ups before hopping up and sprinting off to the other side, it’s been fun.
However, exercising outside comes with its own set of… shall we say… complications. First off there is nature. Dodging fat pigeons as they desperately try to fly out of your path, leaping over curious squirrels who stop to check things out and of course, keeping a watchful eye in the trees above so we don’t get any bird poo ruining our gentle stretching afterwards.
Secondly there are the people.
We don’t mind being stared at, it’s part and parcel of working up a sweat on a mid-morning session in a public place. But some of the people are a little strange… like The Lurker. This is a guy who hid behind the bushes on Monday and copied all the exercises we were doing. And every time I turned around to see him he would duck away. Very weird dude.
Then there’s the tourists. At the end of one of our workouts we were accosted by a group of Japanese tourists who clearly thought this was just TOO fantastic a photo-op not to take advantage of.
So while I was bent over a bench stretching out my hamstrings I found an elderly pot-bellied Japanese man next to me imitating my stretch as his 20+ group of friends took photo’s.
They didn’t speak any English but I did understand “Gangham style”. Though I am still a bit baffled as to where that fitted in..
Weird no? Well it got weirder! A female member of the group then decided to show us just how supple she was… (which she was… insanely so!)
Then they decided to take turns getting their photo’s taken with us…
Clearly they didn’t seem to mind the fact that we were all sweaty from an hour of exercising in the sun…
And then more joined in…
Who knows what little adventures await us the next time we hit the great outdoors for a little bootcamp?! Keep an eye out for us on YouTube, we might be the most famous SleekGeek Office Challengers around!