The first week at work at her new job entailed a great deal of walking and standing around feeling a little
(Oh, and in case you find it a little strange that the pool was closed for the summer, there is an outdoor pool in the city, which took over while the indoor pool was going through some much-needed maintenance.)
During the maintenance shut-down, management also refurbished the locker rooms for the staff and they look really nice; almost like a spa! The Bag Lady will try to remember to take her camera and give you a little peek.... as long as she can get permission from her boss!
One of the Bag Lady's duties is giving her a little trouble, and she's hoping to get some help from some of you! As a lot of you are aware, the Bag Lady has never worked out in a gym, which puts her at a disadvantage. One of her duties is to do walk-abouts in the gym, making sure that everyone is enjoying their work out and that they have everything that they need. The Bag Lady is finding it extremely difficult to walk up to a total stranger and ask if they need assistance! Especially because she doesn't have a freakin' clue how to help!
Her question to you is; when you are working out - on the elliptical, for instance (and the Bag Lady is ever-so-grateful that she has been reading some of your health and fitness blogs because it means she has actually heard of some of these machines!) - how do you feel about being interrupted by an obviously inept, obviously non-working-out person (dressed all in black), asking if you'd like your water bottle filled? Is there a way to do that without being intrusive? The Bag Lady is hesitant about approaching someone who is dripping sweat and breathing hard and perhaps concentrating really, really hard, to ask them if they need water... (Besides all that, some of those guys are really big, and a little scary, and the Bag Lady would much rather be chased by a cow than one of them.....)
So please help out the Bag Lady with your suggestions and opinions about how to offer assistance without being intrusive! How do you, personally, feel about someone offering to refill your water bottle, and do any of you have any suggestions as to what other kinds of assistance the Bag Lady should offer to someone who is in the midst of an intense workout?
(Be assured, the Bag Lady does know enough not to walk up to someone who has 200 pounds of weights held over their head and innocently inquire if they need help.... or want their water bottle replenished!)