By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
A red face isn't uncommon at the gym. Ideally, the flush is care of a fantastic workout, but all too often, the beet-like complexion is a result of pure embarrassment.
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We picked the brains of gym regulars to find out what some of the single most embarrassing gym moments are -- from bodily dysfunctions to wardrobe malfunctions to lapses in coordination -- then asked experts to share some tips to help you deal.
1. "I passed gas in yoga class!"
Damage control: This is not uncommon when coming out of an inversion, whether it's a full-on headstand or a pose such as plow. Laugh it off, and move on (and maybe modify your next inversion to be on the safe side!)
How to prevent: When you go into an inversion, engage and hold the pelvic floor muscles to stop air from sneaking in. Back at home, do regular Kegel exercises to keep these often-neglected muscles strong and engaged.
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2. "I saw my boss in the locker room -- naked!"
Damage control: "There's no way to avoid this discomfort, so the trick is how you manage it at the moment," says Kiki Weingarten, co-founder of DLC Executive Coaching and Consulting in New York City. "Don't cover your eyes or scream or, on the flip side, don't stare." Instead, maintain eye contact (certainly don't look down!), and say something light-hearted like, I didn't know you go to this gym, what a way to find out."
How to prevent: Aside from buttering up the head honcho's assistant to find out her gym schedule, there's not much you can do. But, back at the office, it will probably feel awkward for a little while. If you already have a solid relationship with your boss, Weingarten recommends striking up a convo about the gym in general. "This way you're acknowledging the elephant in the room but not actually discussing the details," she says.
3. "I fell off the treadmill!"
Damage control: First and foremost, be thankful that you didn't break your neck! Once you determine that you're injury-free, smile, laugh, take a bow and get back up on the treadmill. You'll probably feel a bit overheated (with embarrassment) and shaky from the spill, so take it slow for a few minutes.
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How to prevent: Don't multi-task! Unless you pause the treadmill, that means no talking on the phone, changing songs on your iPod or sipping from your water bottle. And if you're a TV watcher, better to watch the sets straight ahead of you (hanging from the ceiling or mounted on the wall) than the ones built into the treadmill (which generally require you to look down).
4. "Doing squats turned my discount black spandex transparent. I may as well have mooned the gym!"
Damage control: Instead of doing squats -- and putting on a free show -- use the leg press machine. This will allow you to get a lower body workout minus the, "Hey, everyone, look at my bum!" moment.
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How to prevent: Invest is a good pair of workout pants. SELF's style team recommends the Lulu Lemon Groove Pant. Although expensive at $98, they're super comfortable, make your butt look HOT and are easy to move in without flashing a full moon.
What's your most embarrassing gym moment?
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