Friday, July 18, 2008


I don’t usually mind being vertically challenged. I get to describe myself as Petite, I can wear high heels without looking down at the tops of everyone’s heads, and I save a fortune on sports clothes because I can buy top-brand stuff from the kids’ section at 2/3 of the price of women’s wear.

Sometimes though, it is a handicap. Reaching things on the top shelf at the supermarket is impossible. I always have to look around for someone taller and ask them if they’d mind getting that down for me, please. And I keep a small stepladder in the kitchen so I can reach the overhead cupboards.

My latest problem is trying to do unassisted pullups. The pullup bar at the gym is quite high, which is OK – after all, tall people have to use it too. But the little step thingy that you climb onto so you can grab hold of the bar is like, 10cm off the ground. Seriously, how much help is THAT? I stand on it, and my outstretched fingertips barely touch the bar. I swear, everything in that gym is designed for people over 7 foot tall.

So I have to do this weird kind of jump and grab manoeuvre to get myself into position. Geez, I never had any ambition to be a gymnast, you know. I jump and wriggle and grunt and reposition my hands, wriggle some more and then pu-u-u-ull myself into position. By the time I’m up there, hanging in space, I’m already tired…no wonder I can only crank out 3 of those things unassisted!

Next week I'm determined to make it 4! You heard it here first.


emharvie said...

haha! I have the same problem, except mine is exaggerated when my trainer goes to hand me some weights but holds them up so I can't reach them. He is easily amused.

Gabrielle said...

I feel your pain

Kathryn said...

LOL... never had that problem, but then I can't do pullups anyway.

SeLiNa said...

Hey fellow short-ass, thanks for that tip!!!! I've never thought to look in the kids sporting section - other than for the shoes ;P

Debstar said...

Poor wee Kek. Couldn't you get some hunky guy to lift you up?

Kek said...

I did today, Deb.... my husband.


Raechelle said...

I have the same problem (I'm 155cm), but I've found an actual step ladder at our new gym location.

That would seriously impede in your ability to do the pull ups-you have to use that energy to jump...I know you can do more-go tell that gym owner to get a bloody chair-you are a figure compeitor after all!

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