When I lived in my apartment by myself I became a total gym nut. I went every single day and completed my same routine. I am not a fitness guru by any means, but I dropped some weight, trimmed down and felt good. Once life started to get in the way again and bills were a bit excessive I ended my gym membership. I was pretty bummed because I really enjoyed working out. It was an hour or two all to myself, music in, feeling good. A couple of weeks ago Josh brought up the idea of joining up together. Josh works at our local rock gym, so he’s always felt that was the perfect workout for him. He wasn’t really a fan of the traditional gym and with a free membership to the rock gym he was happy. Recently, he set a goal for himself to build his upper body strength and felt as though that was more easily achievable at a regular gym with free weights. Rock climbing, particularly bouldering, demands a lot of upper body strength which is why Josh wants to get stronger. He enjoys bouldering most of all so to improve his technique and abilities he needs to build his strength. One of the perks of the Planet Fitness black card that Josh also enjoys is the use of the hydro-massage tables. He asked if I wanted to sign up again so I evaluated the finances and decided I could manage the membership fee again.
I am pretty psyched to get back to my workouts. Usually my routine consisted of a mile on the treadmill (3/4 walking on incline and 1/4 running – shin splints aren’t pretty and don’t make for a good running partner), 100 abs, 100 obliques, 100 inner thigh, 100 outer thigh, 100 glutes, 25 biceps, 25 triceps and a good stretch. Clearly you can tell where my strengths are. Hint: it is definitely NOT in my arms. I usually use the machines and avoid any and all free weights. When I went to the gym I was a single girl who went by herself. I attempted the squat rack once and after being hounded by all of the creepy guys offering spots I decided that was the first and last time. I’d like to think they were asking to be nice and to actually help me, but when they also asked to grab drinks on the way out I somehow doubt there was no ulterior motives.
There were multiple occasions where guys were more interested in following me around trying to get a date instead of working out. But it was not just the men, but the women too. They were more interested in looking pretty and flirting than actually working out. Trips to the gym were a great way to get my daily workout AND a laugh watching some of these people who claimed to be focused on their fitness. I am not well versed in the perfect workout and I would never consider myself knowledgeable about a beginner, but I didn’t go to the gym to get dates and flirt with the guys flexing their muscles. Way to give us a bad name ladies.
When Josh stopped by the gym to signup they offered him a Fitbit for $30.My parents wanted to get me the Fitbit last Christmas, but for $150 I didn’t think it was worth it. I go through phases and frequently move on from fads so for $150 I passed, but for $30 I don’t mind. They were out when he signed up, but they will be getting another shipment on Wednesday so we will pick ours up then. The one thing I hate about tracking my eating, sleeping and exercise habits is that I already know I suck so it’s just something else to tell me that.
I am happy to have a membership again and can’t wait to start going back and getting my workout on. I am even happier to go with Josh as he will help me with my workouts and actually give me advice on what I should be doing and how I should be doing it. Is it bad that I am already dreading the New Year’s resolution crowd though?
Well, we will hit the gym tomorrow after doggie training class so we will see how it goes.