In my quest to exercise more, I’ve been on the lookout for a gym that meets my requirements. These include something close to home and a gym that offers classes. I’m not one of those people that can get on a treadmill and work out by myself for an hour. I need someone telling me what to do, encouraging me and pushing me to work harder. I’ve been searching for something for the past year or so, but I hadn’t found one that had classes at a convenient time, or someplace close enough that I wouldn’t have to fight traffic just to get there. So for the time being I’d been going to a cycling studio once a week and walking. It wasn’t much, but it was something.
On one of my walks, I saw a new crossfit gym opening near my house. Continue reading
A few years ago I took an intro to stand up paddle board class, and it was fun. We basically just learned the basic stroke, and got to practice in a small area. I learned that if a strong breeze blew through, you could be swept away. And I learned that it wasn’t that hard. When I learned the first time, it was March, and the water was cold. There would hopefully be no falling into the water, and there wasn’t. I was shaky, but I felt good as I paddled around, getting used to the stroke, finding my balance. Continue reading
Last summer, an indoor cycling studio opened near my house. At the time I was looking for a gym and exercise options, and when they had two weeks of free classes for people to come try it out, I thought, why not? It was free, it was exercise, and it was an option.
Not sure what to expect, I signed up for a class and dragged my parents with me. (Hey, it’s good for them too). Without thinking, I didn’t even bring a water bottle. I just showed up in exercise clothes. I didn’t have to worry though – they provided water bottles and water, as well as cycling shoes. I entered the studio, and then spent the next five minutes trying to figure out how to ‘clip in’ to the bike. Continue reading
I did it. I finished the 60-day Insanity program, and it feels good. I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it and exercising, especially on the days that it was hard to get motivated or when I had to squeeze it in at the last minute because I was not going to miss a day. Continue reading
After I got a job, I knew the next step was to focus on my fitness. Now that I was making money, I had options. I wanted to join a gym, but didn’t just want to use the exercise machines – I wanted to take classes. Which led me to a problem – I’m kind of motivated, kind of not. Or really, I’m not a morning person. I’ll wake up early to go exercise, but I’m not going to wake up more than 2 hours earlier just to exercise. And when I looked at the gyms near me, none of them offered classes at a great time – it was either way too early, or it was too late and would make me late for work. I know, I know, they’re just excuses – if I was really motivated I’d get up early. Or go during lunch. Or go after work.
I decided not to. Continue reading
Growing up, my family always placed an emphasis on being active, and as a result, I played a bunch of different sports until I decided which one I wanted to focus on. At around age 10 I made my decision – I wanted to swim. As a result, I joined a local club team in addition to my summer league team. I started getting better and though I was never in the top of the club, I was in the top of my summer league, and eventually the top of my high school team. Continue reading