Last semester, a magical moment happened when I was added inducted into a friend group we call "310 & Friends." It's a group, it's a family, full of support, laughs, and craziness that I love. While some of our group members are gone from campus, they are still in our hearts and free to contribute to the hilarious group chat where we spew any and all thoughts we generate. Today, someone tossed around the idea of going to the gym as a group. I initially did not want to go because of the grotesque weather, it was raining, but also because the only other times I have been in the gym have been when I had dance related things. Yes I do dance, but I don't do it well. I try.
"310" is full of amazing people who act as each others cheer leaders and so I felt encouraged and welcome to enter a space I scarcely explore. I was at Saga, our dining hall, and as my phone displayed 6:57pm I knew I had to start getting ready. I briefly went with some friends as they got their club pictures taken, but when 7:30 was on the screen I decided to head home.
I wasn't sure what to wear because I knew I would sweat, but it was also hella cold outside. I decided that joggers, a cute sweater, and my unnecessary tumbler would suffice.
We met up and went up a hill, then down a very long, long, long, long, long set of stairs before we made it to the football field. From there, avoided puddles we made our way to the gym where we lined up and swiped in.
Near the track there are shelves. We all piled, wrapped, and hid our jackets in the same manner we do when we go to parties and it's freezing like hell. See, a college education is more than just about the letter grades.
I made my way into the room full of the equipment, that's what I'll call it equipment. I won't even pretend to know what those machines are called or do. All I know is that these machines make people hot and that's why we're here.
For sure, the first thing I did was ask Lauren to record me on the bike so I could fulfill my dream of being in Ariana Grande's squad in the "Side to Side" music video.
After half an hour, that I didn't even feel pass, we moved upstairs to an empty room. We found a speaker and of course put on a bumping playlist that got us feeling physical. By the way, the songs included: Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj "Flawless Remix", Cascada "Every time We Touch", and Meghan Trainor "Me Too."
From stretching, to dancing, and even random things with sticks and balls, we busted a sweat. When Allie panted to catch her breath and then say, "It's 9 everybody let's go," I was surprised. I could not tell that an hour had passed by.
The point of this post is that in the new year I had made a goal to improve my wellness, and here is the start to that. Whether you go alone, or with a squad, going to the gym can be fun! It's all about having a great mindset, proper hydration, a cute outfit, and a hot playlist.
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.