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I May Join A Gym

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I have belonged to gyms in the past. I was a regular at Bally with my daughter years ago. I remember being SO self-conscious. It was a great feeling when I finally realized nobody cared what I looked like or what I was doing, they were all focused on themselves.

A couple years ago, I joined Xsport and was quickly talked into six months with a trainer who by the way was young enough to be my son and pushed me less than I pushed myself. I was too nice to complain. I’m the dinosaur in Toy Story…. “I hate confrontations.”

I liked going to the gyms for the most part but just couldn’t get past the sweaty sock smell when I walked in the door and of course the monthly fees. I’m quite cheap when it comes to spending money on me. So I gave up the idea of belonging to a gym and focused more on Spark People and Fitness videos.

A co-worker recently asked me to be her partner in her gym’s Dri Tri event; a sort of mini indoor triathlon. I’m always up for a challenge so I agreed. I watched the gym’s video and saw it involved some time on the water rowing machine (a rowing machine that is attached to a tub of water for the resistance), several strength exercises and time on the treadmill.

Yesterday I went with her for a free class so I could get acquainted with the equipment and routine. They gym is called Orange Theory which my daughter tells me is all the rage now. There was no sweaty sock smell when I walked in the door and the staff was friendly but not in an overly, less-than-genuine-gym-staff way.

From their website: “The Orangetheory Fitness training session is comprised of three components: treadmill interval training blocks, indoor rowing and weight room or resistance training blocks. These Orange 60 sessions are open to all adults and teens, ages 16 and older. All fitness levels are welcome as our program is specifically designed for everyone from power walkers to elite performance athletes.”

It was an amazing workout! The trainer running the class was incredible. For one hour, there was a group on the rowing machines, a group in the strength area and a group on treadmills. Then do it all again.

She yelled out commands (over the great music) for all of us and stopped to correct some person’s form here and there, all while timing each block. It was nothing short of amazing to me to watch her keep 30-something people all organized, rotating areas and done in an hour.

I’m not too sore this morning so I’m thinking about joining for a few months. I’m always up for a challenge!

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