13.4.11

gymspiration

If you're anything like me, you feel really good after running around the block a few times, but really have to psych yourself up to do it. I recently came across these Polaroids of athletes taken by Andy Warhol with a Big Shot camera, and they filled me with a sweet nostalgia for gym class, to the point where I felt like doing some jumping jacks or arm circles or any of those hilarious old school moves.

I love the tones, and I especially love the Wayne Gretzky picture -- he was a childhood hero of mine despite my tremendous dislike of hockey (hearing the theme song to Hockey Night in Canada usually meant that I would not have a choice in what was on television in our one-set home).

If you lack any sort of inner jock, maybe these images won't help -- but at least they're pretty cool.


Wayne Gretzky; Chris Evert


Dorothy Hamill; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Pelé; John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal






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Jane Flanagan, Michelle of The Feather Den, Una, Natalie Suarez: Thank you!

danielle and dinosaur toes: I wish you could, too!

christie: Thanks, buddy! I added it.

Anna: It is so frustrating! I think I'm done now, though.

yulia: Let's say it was about a third of what it would have been originally. I got lucky.

Kate: The aisle seat is kind of awesome in its own way. Maybe I'll bring a dip dyed tote with me! I can be like Santa Claus.

Madeline: Cool, thanks for the link!

One Little Star: Sure! Feel free to email me.

Elise / broom people: I love it! I'm going to read the book soon, I think.

MissQuiteContrary: Ha! Oh, I don't much like flying. I used to love it, but not any more, although I do still think it is a modern wonder. It would be nice to see you in Hamilton!

hila: What's your new one? My regular Tumblr is a bit ridiculous with images these days. Just any ol' thing that appeals to me.

andrea: Oh yes, please come!

Morgan Ashley Allen: Nice! That is such a sweet idea.

oaklandetsuko: Cool, thanks for the link!

tara-lynn: I think a spiked punch will be absolutely necessary. Don't be nervous! It's going to be great.

erica-knits: Just take the GO bus to Hamilton! So easy!

Caitlin Rose: It would be nice to see you there.

Joannah: Ha! I think it comes from traveling as a little kid: my mom always insisted I wear a nice new outfit on the plane.

ilovesasek: Oh, amazing! I'll be so happy to meet you.

29 comments:

  1. i like these images though nothing can make me nostalgic for gym class.

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  2. Just discovered you blog via Thank you, OK..and I'm a little bit in love. Nice work lady! x

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  3. These are wonderful! I had a crush on Wayne Gretzky too. And I didn't even watch hockey!

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  4. yeaaaah! these are so lovingly cheesy... if that makes sense. they just all look so intimate yet posed. wayne is super fresh faced.

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  5. i remember arm circles! ah, the 80s and silly aerobic exercises.

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  6. Haha! I agree with Zoe, #99 is lookin' fressshhh.

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  7. AAHHH! These are fabulous! How flipping cute is Wayne looking there!? My excersise motto is if it ain't fun, why bother. So I stick to hula hooping and listening to the Xanadu soundtrack when running :)

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  8. "99 is lookin fressshhh" and Xanaduuuuu - love it. My Dad and brother played hockey and I was dragged to every game. Dad is a huge Gretzky fan so I did get to oogle at him lots.

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  9. oh my gosh! that picture of dorothy hamill is adorable.

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  10. haha, I dreaded the hockey night in canada sound! and it still makes me cringe.

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  11. When I was a kid I had an exercise outfit complete with matching sweater & leg warmers. I'd do my "Let's Get Physical" routine to anyone who'd watch!

    Regarding the photographs, if they were a little wider in format they could be Terry Richardson shots! I wonder how much Warhol influences him.

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  12. Oh wow, another Canadian who doesn't really care for hockey! Haven't met too many others, I must say. In any case, the photos are great. I feel proud to have recognized all the faces, since I'm usually completely out of the loop when it comes to even the most basic sports knowledge.

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  13. I like Kareem's peeping chest hair. Look at how big his hand is. Thanks for the eye candy.

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  14. One word: AMAZING.

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  15. Gretzky is a great hero. I too had my childhood Saturday nights taken over by hours of HNIC. But living in metro Detroit, this program was hours of insight into a similar yet totally different wonderful world of Canada! I managed to bond with my mother over hockey and still watch the show. These photos are a nice memory of fresh faces, unaltered by plastic surgery. Thanks for sharing, I am ready to hit the gym.

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  16. Um, YES. Gretzky is such a legend! That photo almost makes up for his really, really terrible SNL performance back in the day.

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  17. priceless! although i'm still too lazy to work out..

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  18. Love these! As an aspiring Canadian, I guess it's good to know that Gretzky used to be a 'hunk' ;)

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  19. I love how wholesome everyone looks! Though McEnroe def. has a glint of trouble in there.. ;-)

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  20. That cute pic of Gretzky is almost enough to make me like hockey. Almost.

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  21. These retro images tickle my inner-jock for sure :)

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  22. Ooooh Gretzky, lookin' like a dream boat. For some reason I adopted Brendan Shanahan as my personal hockey player of choice when I was about 10. I think maybe it had to do with his Wheaties commercial (did he have a Wheaties commercial?)

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  23. Tatum O'Neal kills it! And Dorothy Hamil looks like a total sweetheart.

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  24. oh these are great!!! i had dorothy hamil hair cut when i was a kid! ;))

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  25. Tatum O'Neal was, and still is, gorgeous. Great post!

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  26. OMG! I love these!! Such great portraits!!

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  27. these are awesome!!! i feel the same way about working out. i need to do it today. maybe these people will inspire me. what usually inspires me is knowing i will feel 10x better after.

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  28. That picture of Dorothy Hamill is awesome. My mom had the same haircut!

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