My first day in gym
I felt like a frail stick in an iron and steel mill
Everywhere muscles flexed and shone
On my scrawny body even the basic ones are gone.
I felt really ridiculous standing amid Arnolds
Until I saw one puny body taking stroll
He came around and looked at me
I felt at some ease and I bet he was as glad to see me.
He was doing warm-up
Sit-up and sit-down
I joined him in push-ups
After I did five, I went down.
He urged me to get up, and run on the tread mill
I asked him why to cut unnecessary electricity bill
I tried explaining I will famish, running
He insisted I should stop begging.
I perched myself on that floor in motion
While everyone stopped and stared at me with varied emotions
Probably they were thinking what I was doing
As I ignored their glances and took off like a Boeing.
I ran for a few minutes before getting down
While they disbursed with a little frown
They were waiting for some magic, for my thin frame to fade
But I stood there like a swine, sweating heavily, and swayed.
My little friend asked me to sit down and relax
I wanted to tell him it was enough for the day, thanks
But as if reading my mind he picked up a weight
It gave me instant motivation to stay and wait.
After I relaxed for more time than the earth took to revolve round its orbit
He shouted, “Come on, work out and don’t just sit!”
I dragged myself by the collar and stood up
There I was again amid bulldogs, terrified like a pup.
He brought me near the bench press
And asked me to stretch myself on the recline
He helped me to hold the rod above my head at a certain line
I was cautioned to breathe correctly or I myself would pay the fine.
I was breathless as I counted ten
My chest was heaving like those of women
A two minute rest was suggested by my little friend
Only if those two minutes I could have extend!
But time runs away when you want it to be with you
And soon my buddy returned and whew!
He brought two weights and gave them to me
Since my school bags I had never felt so much mass on me.
I did one complete set, which was some achievement
But he decided to be hard on me, “Do two sets more”, and went
Like intermittent torrential rains I somehow did the job in parts
Instead of two sets I did many albeit with a few farts.
Music was loud and no one heard my ass
But my buddy was relentlessly watching me and he won’t let me pass
As I tried to sneak out to the door, he came running
Chided me for being such a lethargic being!
I was put to inaction again, a two minute rest
He showed me around the machines for building biceps, triceps and chest
As we moved to the shoulder press, I saw it coming
He asked me to take position and pull the string.
In light of my need of some stimulation, music was not right
So I pulled the weight down with all my poetic might
Swiftly and slowly I pulled it against gravitation
But the other way, it took me up with a sudden motion
Body-builders around me burst into laugh while I was grim
Grins, sneers and cheers filled up the gym
Music stopped and everyone rushed in to devour the scene
And the public went hysterical and more mean.
Gradually the assembly melted away
And I saw myself walking out clearing the way
It had been enough of a day at kill
That was my first experience at the muscle minting mill.
By the way, I guess GYM stands for 'Get Yourself Muscles'