I’ve found my new gym bff.
Seriously though, I really enjoy working out with someone else. I knew I liked classes but for some reason I had it in my head that I liked working out alone. Maybe that little thought got stuck in my head a few years ago when I first started exercising. I could barely do 30 minutes sitting on a bike pedaling slowly. I didn’t know if I would get into exercising and be able to do anything more. So I didn’t want anyone I knew to see me trying in case I failed.
Now I’m way past the point of being embarassed. I know I can’t run yet but I can do a lot of other things. And I’m working on the running. And my new gym friend Candaces is going to help me.
I told you I would tell you about the torture, I mean workout, we did yesterday.
We started with a 5 minute warmup on the bikes because two were open and none of the other cardio equipment was. (We went at the busiest time of day.) Then we worked out legs on the machines, doing the standard stuff like leg press, extension, curl, and inner/outer thigh. And AFTER working out our legs we ran.
Well, we ran/walked. We did one mile alternating one minute of walking with two minutes of running. It took me 13:40 to do the mile. A few times while running I was uncomfortable and wanted to quit, but didn’t because I know that my problem is always allowing myself to quit. In the end it wasn’t that bad. My body handled it well and I’m starting to think my failure to run is less of a physical problem and more of a mental one. I just give up way to easily. That’s why I loved having Candace there. I’m not about to give up with her watching and cheering me on to do it. I’m not a runner or even a slogger yet but I’m pretty sure I eventually will be.
After the treadmill action we did some abs – three sets of 15 medicine ball sit ups on the bench. Good times? Really it wasn’t bad at all. Despite not doing any ab work for the last two months my core is still pretty strong and I didn’t struggle through these like I thought I would. Ab work usually ends up being my favorite part of working out and these were definitely my favorite. (Maybe it’s just natural to love anything you don’t struggle through.)
Post ab work we did shoulders, and did about 5 exercises for those. We did a squats with overhead shoulder press (omg I did squats too?), front raises, side raises, rows and shoulder shrugs. 3 sets of ten each, except the side raises of which we only did 8 each. Because they are tough.
After everything I felt really good and was happy to have done a real workout for the first time in a couple months. Not belonging to a gym for some reason I can’t motivate myself well enough to do all of that. Everyone isn’t like me though and a lot of you like working out at home. That’s great! I’m just happy to be in the gym again. And even though I’ve been a member less than a week I know it’s going to be great. I recognized a lot of the people who used to belong to the Y. It felt like a comfortable place. And I met the owner since Candace knows him and works out with him. So I think this place is going to be very good for me and so is my new workout buddy (hi Candace!)
What about you? Do you prefer to workout alone or with a buddy?