Those who know me know that in the past year I have become addicted to OrangeTheory. I wrote a blog post about it any everything! It has been my favorite way to exercise, even when I hurt myself running last year, I was still able to get in consistently strong workouts through their customized program. But that kind of program is not cheap. I was paying $150 a month for unlimited classes. And while I made good use of it, averaging $10 per class, it was tough for me to continuing justifying the cost. For the past few months I switched to 8 classes a month for $89, about $11 a class. 8 classes a month, 2 a week, I had planned to supplement the change with at-home workout.
Well… you know what they say about the best laid plans… I essentially was just working out twice a week. So time for plan B.
Adam and I bought groupons for a two month membership at a local gym, Fitness World, for only $29! We are hoping this will help fill the void while it is still cold out before we can start training for the Chicago Marathon (our self-created training schedule begins the first week of April!). Our first day at Fitness World was Sunday and to be completely honest… I was a hot mess.
First, I forgot my phone. Adam was on a time schedule (the boy needs two hours at the gym!) so he used his phone to track down our groupons while I went back to the house for my phone. Good thing we live super close! I grabbed my phone and realized I only had 20% power left after an hour google hangout video session with my family. So I grabbed my cord and charger while I was at it and drove back to the gym.
I got inside, found a coat hook, went to a treadmill and realized I left my headphones on the seat of the car. I decided to run a warm-up mile before going out to grab them and got the treadmill rolling, only to realize I picked what must have been a treadmill on its last leg. The treadmills to both sides of me looked to be working fine but mine was shaking so badly I thought it was trying to buck me off (and I wasn’t going that fast). So I gave up on the warm-up and jogged outside to grab my headphones.
Back inside, I picked a new treadmill and settled in. Half mile later I was board. I started to use OTF style intervals, run 3 minutes, sprint 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds, repeat. I made it nearly 2.5 miles and decided that was good.
After figuring out how the cleaning spray/rag system worked, I headed to the rower in the corner. Easily the best/least obstructed view in the building. I had been looking forward to rowing while looking out over Prairie Trail and the Des Moines skyline. But then I looked at the rower. It was like nothing I had ever seen! Maybe 8 inches off the ground, it was a challenge to even get on the seat. (But that is just due to my gracefulness…) The “rope”, for lack of a better term, that was attached to the handle felt like it could break at any stroke, it was essentially just a wide rope that was looking pretty worn on the edges. It did not move smoothly and I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was on it. So, 1,000 meters later, I got off.
After this I essentially decided that my workout was done (2 mile run and 1000 meters on the rower is good enough exercise for some people, right??). Adam still had at least an hour left of his workout so I decided to go on the walking/running track for the remainder of the time and listen to Audible. It takes 12 loops to walk/run 1 mile. Needless to say, slightly monotonous but still somehow better than a treadmill!
All of this to say I failed at the gym on day 1. I am going back today and going to again focus on cardio, but the struggle is real.
So for all you non-fitness class people who love unstructured gym time, how do you plan your workouts? I find the machines to be very intimidating and prefer to stick to the equipment I know how to use (and sometimes I even fail at that!). Any recommendations for someone who has always found open gyms to be overwhelming? I would so appreciate the help!
- What is your workout plan at the gym?
- Do you prefer an open gym, structured fitness class, or working out at home?