Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2006 10:26AM; Updated: Wednesday April 26, 2006 4:53PM
Is there any one thing that guys do at the gym that you find the most repulsive/annoying? -- Joseph, Detroit
I don't go to my gym trying to pick up guys, although they do call our school gym "Club Leach." We are there for appearance and overall fitness. But if a female is in your presence, you could avoid doing a few things that may disgust her or make her throw a water bottle in your face.
I always have a good laugh at the guys who spend more time in front of the mirror checking their hair (which is neatly gelled) and making Zoolander faces than they do lifting weights. I don't care how long it took you to get that chiseled body -- don't you know there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking? So back away from the mirror so that those of us who are there to work out can check our form.
Speaking of checking forms, it's best not to comment on a female's form (and I'm not talking weightlifting) while she is in your presence. If you hoot and holler, no woman is going to look over at you and think, Damn, that guy just won my heart by mastering the mating call of a pack of wild animals.
One more thing: Don't try to show off. A guy lifting more weight than he is capable of is like Ron Burgundy telling us he "feels the burn" because he "must have done over a thousand" reps. Sure, we're impressed -- almost as impressed that it took four guys to lift the bar off your crushed chest.
Bottom line, remember the situation and the setting. The time spent at the gym is to get fit, not to pick up girls or show off. That's what spring break is for.
Do you plan on watching the NFL draft on Saturday? Are there any Florida State traditions for watching the draft? -- Phil, Minnesota
Please, that is like asking if I plan on attending my final tomorrow morning or church on Christmas. That's a definite "YES." The draft is as close as you can get to football (during the offseason) without having to resort to watching reruns on Sunshine or ESPN Classic. While there aren't any particular traditions in these parts for watching the draft, I usually meet up with friends at a local pub or sports bar. There at least I am in good company. I tried watching some of it at the gym last year on the treadmill, and the girl next to me just couldn't keep up in conversation. It's not the same if you aren't with people who love the game. Who knows where I will end up on Saturday -- all I can say is I will be in the presence of hot chicken wings, cold beer and good people. (And to my fellow 'Noles in the draft: good luck!)
Does it bother you that people refer to you as Cowgirl? -- Chris, Chicago
The Cowgirl label was given to me by my friends at Warchant.com's Locker Room. They called me that because it was a distinguishing trait from the other two girls I was with the night we were captured by an ABC camera crew. I occasionally posted on there and told them that I was the girl from the screen captures, but most were a little hesitant to believe me. So to make things easy on them, I showed up to subsequent games donning the same hat and festive garb. The Cowgirl name stuck, and before I knew it, that was how most people knew me on the message boards.
I know some rodeo riders may have taken offense to my choice of headgear and my nickname, but it's all in good fun. My inspiration was more Daisy Duke than Calamity Jane. I have nothing but respect for the women who do ride professionally. Sure, I have ridden horses and worn boots, but I was never good enough to make a career of it. It takes a real woman with a lot of guts to do that sort of thing. They are the true "cowgirls," I just play one on TV.