Workout Studios

 

(After Elizabeth Robinson- for Gene, Michael, Brandon and Sarah)

 

 

I  Leg Press

 

The movement is repetitive:

 it emulates walking.

 

 Helplessness occurs

in recline. The body creates

 

an inverted question mark.

Eyes contemplate dots on ceiling.

 

The inclination is to push:

 Strength against gravity.

 

Motion linguistics speak

 of leg strategies and the need to rest.

 

 

II  Hanging Leg Raises

 

The body makes

a horizontal pronoun.

 

The midsection bends

an I to an L. (ILL)

 

Lower legs dangle,

mirroring the question.

 

How much repetition

is required to fortify the core?

 

Hands clench. Feet remain dangling:

modifiers of a counting mouth.

 

 

III  One Arm Rows

 

The back is the fulcrum.

It must remain straight.

 

Heavy metal is supported,

rotated to a primitive beat.

 

The bench becomes a boat

of submission.  A passenger

 

bows in homage to a teardrop

arm: a deft embrace.

 

 

IV  Push Ups

 

One reclines parallel =

Rises to backslash/.   Kisses

 

the ground.  Pays ancient homage

to the amour of the strong.

 

V  Treadmill

 

The heart as a persistent hunter

for an adrenaline rush.

 

Longevity defeats ennui

with musical footprints,

 

patterns distance with

stationary meditation.

 

Runners in communion do

laps for a serotonin calm.

 

 

VI   Spin

 

Pupils rotate eyes:

Study the leader.

 

At the front of the ring:

Orbital repetition.

 

Legs tiredly pedal loops.

Wheels circulate curves.

 

Notes of a song sing

from a upbeat CD:

 

Betrothal to nowhere

on a diamond of spokes.

 

VII  Swim

 

First one must join

with water:  Dissolve

 

reluctance into liquid.

Cold muscles fight,

 

Streamline past resistance.

Strokes revert into intention,

 

then become insistent curves:

kick and breath patterns

 

develop a taste for water,

grow into a swimmer’s body.

 

One makes beauty from de-

parture, endurance from return.

 

VIII  Yoga

 

Bodies stretch heavenward,

perform salutations.

 

Simultaneously they tie

and loosen themselves.

 

Each mind bends

the band of the body

 

into postures that conquer

its unquiet nature.

 

Discover heartflow

without missing a beat.

 

Peace exists within

the center: In the aching

 

the awkward, the noisy,

a universe from the Creator.

 Image

 

 

 

 

~ by dianeklammer on August 18, 2013.

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