Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Death by Dumbbell

What is this? Photos of a ceiling fan and a dumbbell? Has the blogger lost her mind?


This morning I was working out with Ellen Barrett's Burn and Firm Pilates, thinking I should blog about how much I love Ellen Barrett, and then thinking nah, no one wants to hear about how I workout, when I lifted my dumbbell over my head and almost killed myself.

By weird and unfortunate positioning, when I put the dumbbell over my head, the pull chain on the ceiling fan somehow slipped between the handle and the weight itself, twisted around, and got stuck.

Here is the reenactment:

Aaaah. Fortunately I was only using 3 lb weights (you're not supposed to use more than 3 lb weights with this workout), but still, I think I could have done some serious damage to my skull had things gone really awry.

So here I am with my cautionary tale. Watch out for low flying ceiling fans when you are exercising.

Since I brought it up, I think I will take this moment to mention how much I enjoy Ellen Barrett's workouts. No one has asked me to mention her, and I have purchased her DVDs with my own money, so there is nothing to disclose about my endorsement. If you are looking for a new way to workout, or trying to ease into getting more exercise, consider checking her out. If you subscribe to Netflix, several of her workouts are available for instant viewing, including Burn and Firm Pilates, so you could check her out for "free".