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I’ve Joined A Health Club

Posted by on May 20, 2010

In April I asked this question on a Sunday; Do You Take Care Of Your Physical Self? I gave my answers, but I can’t say that I was overly happy with myself and the answers I gave. Truthfully, I think I’ve done a lot of stuff, but nothing close to what I should be doing.

So, I decided to join a gym. Okay, it wasn’t as easy as that. As with everything else in my life, there’s a mini story to it all.

Two Fridays ago my wife came home, upset because her gym was closing, and the one the guy had transferred her account to, since she was paid up through April 2011, was about 20 minutes away, and she didn’t want to have to go that far to workout. For probably the 10th time I suggested she visit the gym I used to belong to for about 5 years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Back then it was called Sundown; now it’s called Gold’s Gym, and it’s about 5 minutes away, only because of stupid lights because it’s maybe a mile and a half from the house. For some reason my wife has always hated the idea, but this time she was amenable to going to have a look.

As soon as we got there I could tell from the outside that things had changed. There was a sports therapy building next to the gym, but the sports club is where the gym used to be. We walked in and things were drastically different. I learned there had been a fire in 1994, a year after I stopped going, and they changed a lot of things around. It’s way more open now than it used to be, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

This is what you see when you first walk in. It’s the front desk, but it’s also a juice and smoothie bar. You can buy both healthy and non-healthy snacks in the machine, though not too many non-healthy choices are given. You can also buy muscle building stuff that I’m not paying any attention to; I don’t need to get bulk at this point in my life.

The place has a rubber track you can either walk or run on. It has tons of treadmills and walking machines. They have a lot of Nautilus-type machines geared towards building muscle by pushing weights, though some are for toning also. They have a large free weights area, something I used to do in the past but I think I’m going to stay away from them this time around, at least for six months or so. They have workout classes with some of the latest routines like
Zumba; no, I won’t be doing any of that either. Supposedly they might have some stretching classes, but I didn’t see that on the schedule. I really need stretching more than almost anything else. And they have these other machines that work more with your own weight than true weights; my wife and I use those most of the time.

And they have these things, a pool and a hot tub. I don’t swim, and even though the woman told me it was only 4 1/2 feet deep, that’s just not happening. The hot tub might be something else, though. She said it’s kept at 103 degrees Fahrenheit, and my mind can’t figure out if that’s comfortable or not. I love Jacuzzi’s, so I’m thinking I might like the hot tub, which is only 3 feet deep, but I asked if I could wear a shirt and shorts in there, since I don’t have swimming togs, and I’m not sure I want to expose the world to this body just yet; she said yes. Now all I have to do is get over this thing about sharing a large tub, and you can see it’s large, with other people in it; I don’t necessarily roll that way. The woman there said she’d actually walk me into the pool if I ever get the urge, but I just can’t see me getting the urge. Bad memory of pools, and the last time I was in one was October 1976; ugh!

We started with a 7-day pass to see if I’d even go to the club, and I went 6 days out of 7, though a few of those days I barely made 30 minutes, and one day, Sunday, I made 10 minutes because I twisted my knee and it wasn’t getting better trying to walk it off. We then decided to officially join on Sunday, and now we have a contract for a year. I’m going to work hard on making myself go at least 3 times a week, and my wife loves working out, so if I have to wait until she gets off work to go, so be it. But as it gets warm I also know I’m going to want to get walks in at the lake. No matter; I know I need to exercise this summer while I’m home, and if I’m paying for it, I’m hopefully going to get it done.

These days I border between being outright sore and being really uncomfortable. I don’t feel good after working out, and I don’t feel juiced; sorry Zig, but those endorphins aren’t quite popping for me yet. But I’m going to try. I have a guy working with me for 60 days to see if I show measurable improvement; man, I hope something changes. I need to do this; I’m 50 and diabetic, my doctor says I need to lose weight, and I need to help the medication work.

Okay, your turn; what are you gonna do?

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I joined a gym in January; it was a 3 month membership. I went about 20 times total. The problem was it was almost an hour away from home and the classes were extra. I like the classes. I need company. My last year working for the local Y I worked out 3-4 days a week. I lost 25 lbs went from a size 8 to a size 2. I’m now hovering at a size 6-8 depending on the outfit.

Dwayne was trying to get me to join another gym, one with many classes I could take, but it’s also over an hour away. I’m going to try to work on this on my own at home instead. I’m also eating more fresh fruits and veggies and it’s that time of year to start working the garden.

Too bad you don’t like pools as the water is great for working out and the buoyancy makes it easier on your joints. Either way, working out 10 minutes or 30 is better than none. It will take a little time, but you’ll start feeling better as it goes along.
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May 20th, 2010 | 9:42 AM

That was my wife’s gripe, Anne, yet her drive would have been about 15 – 20 minutes, and that’s still too far. Just wondering where the heck you live that you’re so far from a health club; North Dakota? lol

May 20th, 2010 | 10:00 AM

Might as well be in North Dakota. lol I’m in rural Virginia about an hour SE of Roanoke.

There is a YMCA 20 minutes away, but that is my former employer and we didn’t part on the best of terms. So, it’s either workout at home or drive an hour.
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May 24th, 2010 | 1:43 PM

Oh wow. I almost got a consulting gig in that area, and you’re right, you’re pretty far from a lot of stuff. Sounds like you need some exercise equipment. lol

May 24th, 2010 | 10:02 PM

I used to visit health clubs. But now what I do is trying to do some professional sport. And that’s better than to go for some sophisticated machines. Instead you can walk out and do sport!!!

May 20th, 2010 | 10:12 AM

Well OS, not everyone can do sport, especially once you reach a certain age. At my age, the last thing I need to do is be trying to play any sports after such a long period of inactivity. Maybe 20 years ago that would have been a good idea, but these days it’s either the health club or walking, and where I live, walking is only a legitimate thing to be doing about half the year.

May 21st, 2010 | 12:19 AM

Hey Mitch, I reckon it will all come good mate as long as you stick it out long enough. Just think how good it’s going to be for you in the long run and it should help you along. Heck it may even improve your chess game.

Looks like a pretty good gym with lots of variety so that should help some.
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May 21st, 2010 | 11:14 AM

Hey Sire, I’m thinking I don’t need my chess game improved any more, otherwise you might not play me anymore. lol As for the guy, I’m committed to 60 days, and that’s all I’m going to look at for now. But it is a nice club.

May 21st, 2010 | 1:42 PM

Nah, just means I’d have to pick it up a notch or two. 😉
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May 21st, 2010 | 7:57 PM

Why would you think to do it since you haven’t done it yet? Ouch! lol

May 21st, 2010 | 8:47 PM

I just taking it easy on you, you being a Yank and all 😉
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May 21st, 2010 | 9:06 PM

Yeah yeah… I hear that all the time when I win lol

May 21st, 2010 | 10:23 PM