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My Most Embarrassing Fitness Moment: Tish vs. the Squat

Yet I still squat!

For this edition of Question of the Week, each FBG is recounting her most embarrassing moment when it comes to working out. Buckle up…these should be fun!

Clumsy is my middle name. I trip on nothing at LEAST twice a week. In fact, I just tripped yesterday and went flying through the air like Superman on moonshine, so it’s pretty hard for me to get embarrassed now. I’m the queen of laughing at myself, but lucky for you all, I had a new oops that I’ve never done before that counts as probably the one thing that’s made me blush and want to rush to the locker room and never ever come out again.

It all started on a brave, sunny day in Los Angeles

I had just lifted the heaviest I had ever done (squatted 145 pounds), so my trainer/boyfriend decided I should go up 10 more. He strapped five pounds to each side of my bar and off I went. I squatted 10 times. He told me to try for 15 reps. I was feeling gangster at that point and decided to squat even lower just to prove how very awesome I was—and that’s what it happened. I went lower and lower. Mr. Trainer started congratulating me for going lower…lower…and then I just kept going and BAM! The bar hit the safety and down on the floor I went.

It was THE most awkward and embarrassing move I’ve ever done. Didn’t help that all these dudes around me were watching the scrawny chick trying to lift the itty-bitty weights. I just about died. I can still remember how I went down—and how my head went, forehead first, ever-so-gracefully into the mirror in front of me.

The trainer tried his hardest to mask his snickers by asking if I was okay, but it was too late. My ego was bruised and broken. I have tooted in yoga AND while doing sit-ups…while someone was holding my feet. That stuff had nothing on the squat fiasco!

Some people have no shame in their clumsy game, but if you share a public gym moment I’d love to hear about it! —Tish


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  1. D says:

    OMG I was doing a “on the ball” class, luckily it was only me and the instruction and we were doing a move that apparently pressed my stomach just right and I farted. I was so embarrassed and she was gracious and didn’t laugh although she was definitely stifling it, and said it happens that I wasn’t the first. Ummm I am sure I was 10 shades of red.

  2. Scooter says:

    This is some funny stuff. Way worse that yoga and sit up toots.. WAY Worse!!
    Glad you’re OK.

  3. Kelly says:

    I am way too much of a klutz and I’ve learned to laugh off those awkward gym moments. This morning I nearly dropped the bar on my head going for my 10th rep on overhead press (Gah I hate those!). I’m the lone chick in the free weights section struggling to pull the oly bar out of the stand or tripping over my own two feet.

    P.S. There is NOTHING itty bitty about 145lbs squats! I finally hit 10 reps on 80lb squats this morning.

  4. Kristen says:

    That’s hilarious! Love it. And, of course, love that you’re so good about laughing at yourself. I’m the same way, as you’ll see next week …

  5. Sarah says:

    I did my very first audible workout-fart this week…loud enough i could hear it over my music. But I figure I toot more when I’m fat, so I might as well enjoy my weight-loss toots for what they are. 🙂

    ps props for the weight-lifting; that’s fantastic!!

  6. FBG Tish says:

    @Kristen Can’t wait for you to share!

    @Sarah LMAO @ “audible workout-fart” somehow they always seem to make appearances when I’m jumping around or doing tummy work…which means I rip a lot of ’em. #SuchALady

    @D My trainer says he’s been farted on too many times to count lol. We release more than endorphins when we hit the gym 🙂

  7. Paula says:

    Mine would have to be peeing while skipping…not only embarassing, but slightly uncomfortable. You can read about it here:

  8. Kelly says:

    Firstly, I envy what you can squat. I’m thrilled when I can squat 55 lbs. Last week I was doing lat pulldowns, and when I released the bar, I went flying, ass first, into the mirrored wall right behind me. Then there was another fun time when I tried to do TRX push ups and I wasn’t centered and went flying. I’ve learned to just laugh at myself. Hey, at least we’re IN the gym giving it all we’ve got 😉

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