30 October 2011

Gym: 30 October

I joined a gym, finally. I didn't go back to my old gym, cheap and awesome though it is--I won't be downtown taking lunch breaks nearby, and I know I won't commute to it just for exercise (although an argument could be made that I'd go there to visit my boy, whose office is near my old gym, but I'm realistic--he'll be busy doing that whole working-while-at-work thing).

So I joined the one close to our apartment yesterday, even though the monthly fee is triple that of my old gym. Although I'm blogging activity, being slightly more conscious about eating, and starting to be physically active, I feel I need even more than that, and the collective fitness environment of a gym is encouraging to me.

Today, the beau and I went to the gym together--and not the one near the apartment even, because the only thing it doesn't have is a steam room, and he wanted to relax in one. So, we trekked downtown--and neither one of us brought flip flops for the steam room, so we never went in. Ah well.

I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike, which ended up being about half the distance and half the calculated calories that the beau did in an hour. I shoved that right in his face, but then again, he can go for hours and hours and hours if he'd like; I quit at 30 because I wanted to die.

So I went to this fun ab machine (click for iPhone picture) where you kneel on a pad (either straight or angled to one side) that's on a track and crunch your abs to pull your knees up close to your chest. I did 1 set with 10 reps on each side (angled the pad to the left and then the right) to work the sides of my abs. I hope my "home gym" has this doohickie--I enjoyed it!

Then I did some chest presses, 2 sets of 12 reps at 70 pounds, followed by lat pulldowns, 2 sets of 10 reps at 100 pounds. The last time I did lat pulldowns was 8 August--same sets and reps, but 132 pounds! I felt I could have done more weight today, but I wasn't going to push myself. I can build up to it again, I'm fine with that!

I'm glad I was conservative with the lat pulldown weight--my next machine was the overhead press. I squeezed out 1 set of 8 reps at 70 pounds, then 1 more set of 8 reps at 60 pounds, and I felt wiped--the arm exercises were done for the day.

But David wasn't--he wanted a few more minutes (to get his 1 hour) on the bike--so I looked around and found the rowing machine, which I have only used once or twice with my personal trainer at my previous gym. I did 30 seconds, 60 seconds, and another 60 seconds. Yeah, I think I was supposed to go continuously--but damn, I'm going to feel that one!

So, a 1 hour workout, some good aerobics and weight training, and a fun activity with the boy. I felt I earned all of those hush puppies I just fried up for us for dinner.

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