"The general consensus about the new guy at my gym is that he's weird. The kindhearted claim he just "takes a little getting used to," but those who don't mince words maintain he's outright creepy. You'd think a shirtless dude with six-pack abs, impressive pecs and a fairly attractive face might receive a more positive reaction. But maybe you haven't met Bob.
Bob's given name is Body Opponent Bag, and he's designed especially for kickboxing classes like mine. He's built to look and feel human, constructed of plastisol (a high-strength, slightly springy, oddly skinlike material), and filled with urethane foam. There is actually a phalanx of identical Bobs who have recently joined the class, but we refer to the collective in the singular. One love, one Bob.
-taken from a piece in the Seattle Times by Brangien Davis.
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