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Does anyone ever get embarrassed about being strong? I know, sounds daft, maybe it's my reserved Britishness or something. I went to a gym the other day with the only aim of using the elliptical/Nordic training thing. I tweaked my knee a couple of weeks ago doing something stupid again and thought a 20 minute easy aerobic session for rehab, as not running, would be fine.....which it was. I had to wait to get one so looked around at all the shiney machines and didn't fancy any of them and then the lat pull down machine caught my eye. There was no pull up bar, so yes, not a proper gym!, so I dismantled the seat and put the max weight up and hung off the bars. The bars were narrow with funny bits and angles,so figured I'd do some hanging leg raises and some l-sit pull ups. I was immediately conscious of people watching and felt very awkward, so much so that I did a couple and walked away. The gym was really busy too and it struck me that probably no one has ever seen a) someone do a pull up not sitting on their arse and b) a hanging leg raise c) both a and b were done by a guy in his 50s. Most of the guys were young and skinny or very overweight. The women were all overweight. Then once I got on the elliptical I watched a personal trainer go through an instruction with a middle aged lady on the lat pull down machine that I just adapted to do proper pull ups! It really struck me how mainstream health 'gyms' have got lost. It shouldn't be that a middle aged guy feels embarrassed doing strength exercises in a gym! Just wandered if anyone else feels the same way.