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Thursday, December 29, 2011

I haven't been around much lately. I had the last several days off because my sister was in town. This meant too much eating and too little moving.

I'm also a little down because the stationary bike I bought is on back order till January 16. When I called to check on the order, they said it was all fine, then called back and said, oh, no, it's on back order. Do you want to cancel?

The next cheapest price is $32 more and should arrive a week to a week-and-a-half earlier. I'm not sure it's worth it. Plus, I have a $10 credit from this particular website because they sent a previous order to my old address (in spite of the fact that it was the first time I'd ordered from them...and I've been in this house for a year and a half!). They gave me the credit for the trouble of schlepping to the old apartment and looking for the package.

Well, after this, I won't be using this website again, so I figure this is my only chance to use the $10 credit.

At first, I thought, what a bummer that I can't work out as much as usual...I won't lose weight! But then today, I remembered the adage about weight loss being 80% about nutrition and 20% exercise. So I am pledging to stay in my ranges with more gusto than before at least until I get my bike.

And I'll keep working out, just not as much. I have a housemate/tenant, so when she's home, I don't want to be exercising, because it feels weird with her here to be rolling all over the floor. But I'll make the most of the time that she's not home.

Good to be back!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/31/2011 2:36AM

    Sucks about the bike! But that's a good plan... I would probably do the same thing!

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SEATTLESIMS 12/30/2011 1:48PM

    ugh, I know how you feel.. my sister was in town too!
AND, I've totally been thinking about that 80% nutrition 20% execise thought.. and as much as I hate to agree with it.. Well, I still don't BUT I'm going to give it a try! batten down the hatches on calories and nutrition this new year!
Welcome back!

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RUTHXG 12/30/2011 11:34AM

    I've had a visiting sister too, & too much eating / too little exercising all through the holidays. But that's OK--we'll have plenty of nonholidays to make amends. I think you'll figure out ways to continue exercising, even if it's not as rigorous as what you'll do once the bike has arrived. Like you, I prefer to exercise in private. Now that I have a housemate & winter is keeping me indoors more, I'm exercising with videos after she leaves for her early-morning job a couple of days a week, & doing strength training in another part of the house while she's home. But I'm not going to sacrifice my health on an altar of privacy--if I need to exercise & S is here, I'll just do it!

Yep, 80/20 has held true in my experience. What the exercise contributes (besides burning some immediate calories) is a heightened metabolic rate, which means we burn more calories the rest of the day too. But eating in one's calorie range is super-important. Go you!

Happy new year! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 12/30/2011 9:56AM

    Welcome back! Two weeks aren't such a long time, I'm sure you can do other sorts of workouts in the meantime. Hope you enjoyed your sister's company! And have a wonderful new year emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/30/2011 8:06AM

    Good attitude...keep it up.

You're absolutely right about the 80/20 rule. I keep telling myself that I can't work off a bad diet!

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HELLODANAE 12/30/2011 7:08AM

    my husband always told me about the 80/20 and did not like it but now that you mentioned I guess he is right. Glad you are back, I will eventually.


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L*I*T*A* 12/30/2011 1:10AM

    have you tried any of the sparkpeople video's???
when i can't get any other exercise in i usually do the chair one....
way to go with staying on track!!!
wishing you and yours all the blessings of 2012...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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Just Kidding!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

You're going to get one, and maybe two, more updates on my gym drama.

Before I got home to meet the electrician, I stopped by the gym to see the hot assistant manager, and he wasn't there. The man at the desk said he'd be there after 2. So after the electrician finished giving me light, I went back. Stupid Marcos was at the desk, and he said the assistant manager wasn't coming in yesterday, and he'd be there today. Two trips for naught! I left and was so upset, and it was stupid, but I started crying in my car. Crying in my car! It shouldn't be this difficult and stressful!

But then I got mad and decided I was going to buy the bike. I went Christmas shopping for my husband, and my phone rang. It was MARCOS. He didn't know I was I, so he called about my expired membership. I told him, "We spoke about my membership on Sunday, and I told you I wasn't keen on renewing."

He said, "Oh, that's right, but you were going to talk to Melvin, right?"

And I said, "Yes, but he's not here today."

And he said, "Well, if he comes in to workout, I'll refresh his memory and tell him to call you."

So now I've decided to wait until this evening to buy the bike. If the assistant manager calls me today, then I'll figure out what to do then. But I reached out twice, and I'm the one spending money here.

I stopped by the gym a third time last night and waited. I wanted to see my friend from my Combat class. When she came out, I gave her my business card and told her I probably wasn't coming back, but I really like her, so we should hang out. She texted me last night so I have her information.

Through all of this, I haven't been exercising at all. I thought I was going to Pump and Combat last night, but I couldn't (or wouldn't, really) renew my membership. I'm going to do some ST from SP tonight. Sorry, Starfish, but it's all Marcos's fault!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 12/23/2011 4:44PM

    Well, here are my two cents worth: I tried out a membership @$333.00/month for just a month @ $19.00 (Groupon). It even included two pers. training session. I went to a 6:00 AM class, with only one other person showing up, and had the two private sessions. Of course, I found out that this poor trainer didn't get paid for it, so I gave her a generous tip. I knew, I wouldn't be using the gym much the following four months and asked the trainer if she were willing to come to my house for private sessions. She jumped at it, and I have since then found four additional clients for her.
I have enough equipment at home (treadmill, yoga ball, medicine ball, weights, stepper (my dh made for me)elastic rope, etc.)so that she can give me a good workout. Besides, I have lots of DVDs, a whole set from Jillian Michaels, the P90X series that I just love, and many others. They always travel with me. No excuse not to work out unless you are pressed with time.

If you miss the classes at the gym, I would recommend you stay. But....if you can work out some alternatives, your bike, walking, jogging and working out with some good DVDs, it is almost more convenient to do your exercising at home.

Waiting for the next ball to drop. Make two lists, writing down both sides of the fence and then decide.
Good Luck!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/22/2011 4:43PM

    WOW, there's a lot more drama in gym memberships than I realized.

Here's the deal....sit back, think it through during the holidays once everything else settles down, then ask yourself a simple question, "which course will make me happy without regrets"


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SEATTLESIMS 12/22/2011 3:47PM

    ugh, hate getting the run around.. WEll, cool that you got the contact info for the gal from class.. hope you get it all figured out sooner rather than later!

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SHRINKINGLULU 12/22/2011 1:28PM

    Stupid Marcos!!
I hope it all works itself out!

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RUTHXG 12/22/2011 12:41PM

    Well, dang--this is thick with drama! Complete with a hot Melvin, a slimy Marcos, & a phantasmal bike. I'd better pop some popcorn & settle down to see this through!

MUCH love to you. emoticon I have faith that Goodness will win the day!

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Okay, Last Update, I Promise

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I found a bike. Great reviews, reasonably priced. I'm quite pleased.

But I can't give up my membership. As I was talking it over with my husband last night (tonight? It's 3:45 am), I mentioned how sad I was to stop going to see Sharon (my Pump and Combat instructor) and my friend from Combat.

And that's when I realized that the extra $50 (or the extra $111 that the membership costs over the bike) buys me up to 52 sessions with Sharon. 104 sessions, if you count Pump and Combat as two separate classes, which you should.

And THAT, my friends, is worth it.

So today, I'm going to go straight from work to the gym to sign up with the assistant manager and see what all freebies they can give me (I'm going to play it cool and maybe mention the bike!), then I'll come home, get ready and go to see Sharon. I'm spending a lot of extra money here, I gotta make sure I get the most out of it.

Thanks for reading, if you're still reading these boring blogs. I'll try to be more interesting soon!

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AMYLONGHORN 12/22/2011 11:25AM

    Ummmm, you said this was the last update, but how did it go??? I thought when we talked and you went to the gym, the assistant manager wasn't there or something? Feel free to provide *another* update!! :)

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HAKAPES 12/22/2011 1:47AM

    I think, these are the stories I enjoy reading from you.
What makes you think you should write something different?
Let me (us) know how you made the deal!

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SHRINKINGLULU 12/21/2011 12:59PM

    I agree!! If you found an instructor with classes you love then the gym is TOTALLY worth it!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/21/2011 12:51PM

    great! glad you were able to figure out what is really important to you!

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RUTHXG 12/21/2011 12:11PM

    Sounds like a PLAN! And make sure Sharon knows she was the tipping factor! emoticon

Happy exercising to you!

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MISSLISA1973 12/21/2011 9:32AM

    emoticon Sounds like a great decision... you're reasoning is quite sound. I'm glad for the update and haven't found a single one of these blogs boring. Congratulations on your decision and I hope they give you some great goodies!

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DONNACFIT 12/21/2011 9:07AM

    I like the way you problem weighed all the pluses and minuses and came up with a solution that suits you!!

Glad you didn't let one jerk steal your gym time...don't let anyone steal your "power"

Merry Christmas emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/21/2011 9:03AM

    Glad you made the best choice for yourself!

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HOPESINGH 12/21/2011 3:56AM

    You're interesting enough, we all have this kind of problems. I'm glad you decided to take the gym membership, I think it gives so much more than just the machines you have there. So enjoy this new/old gift to yourself.
BTW - your note yesterday, with the goodie, really touched me. emoticon emoticon

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Lots to Think About

Monday, December 19, 2011

I went to husband's big gym with him today. I got a cheaper per-month deal there in, like, five seconds.

So there, Marcos!

I found some stationary bikes I liked online, but being 4'10", I knew I'd need to be able to try them out to make sure that I could actually use them, so we hit big sporting goods store after that to try some out. Turned out, there weren't any on display. We inquired as to their return policy, and left more or less satisfied.

Then, we went back to my gym. I walked to the front desk, glanced to the sales desks, and saw Marcos there. Husband said, "We need to discuss membership," and I said, "With anyone but Marcos." The boy said, "Okay, let me go get the assistant manager. I can bring him over here. Marcos isn't even working. He's just here, hanging out."

The assistant manager came over. And he was very nice, and kinda hot. But most importantly, he was very, very nice. I told him about awful Marcos, and that I gave him a hard time, too, but still. He said there was nothing he could do, and that we could talk with the manager tomorrow or Wednesday, but the assistant manager won't be there tomorrow. He said if I come on Wednesday or Thursday, I won't have to pay any additional fees; I can still just reactivate.

So I don't know what to do. I kind of just want to pay my extra $50, but to the nice assistant manager. He offered me free tanning, which is nice, but I don't really want that. I dunno. But at least I feel validated. It's a little closer than my husband's gym.

Maybe I can do like Lulu says, do this, buy the bike, too, and see if I can wean myself off.

I'm still soliciting opinions. =)

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SHRINKINGLULU 12/20/2011 1:10PM

    Well I'm glad the assistant manager was so much more helpful, and I bet that buttface Marcos got in trouble. Sounds like his coworkers already think he's annoying!! Who 'hangs out' at work? I know it was only the super annoying guys at my gym, and they were all let go and replaced at the beginning of this month and the new employees are WAY cooler!
I still like the idea of trying to wean yourself off if you're not 100% comfortable with the cost of a gym membership. I know, for me, it's well worth it, but everyone is different!

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RUTHXG 12/19/2011 11:35PM

    Well, what's important is whether you like the gym. If you like it & don't mind the additional $50 this year, I'd say go for it--& take your time considering other possibilities, exercise DVDs &/or a bike or elliptical at home.

I used to have a stationary bike, but it broke. Actually I've had two that broke over the years. And for a while I used a treadmill that my son saved up for, but it broke too, in less than a year. (We were sent a replacement part for it, but my son & nephew couldn't figure out how to install that.) So I'm not very keen on expensive equipment.

I like exercising by myself & not spending a lot of $$ on it, so nowadays, as you know, I do fast walking outdoors in weather when it's tolerable, often for errands, & when it's too cold for that I do DVD routines--Leslie Sansone or the 30 Day Shred. I recently ordered the Dance Groove (is that the right name?) DVD & am looking forward to trying it. And for strength training I have various weights of dumbbells & a good resistance band & a yoga mat. I like low tech.

Best wishes with this decision! And emoticon & emoticon.

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MISSLISA1973 12/19/2011 10:47PM

    I say you are more important that poopoo Marcos... do what you want in spite of him. I like the idea of getting the gym membership and the bike. If you don't like the bike, take it back. But you know the gym is working for you, so why let one rude person ruin that for you? You are way more important than that one incident with someone whose too small to recognize your value, not just as a customer but as a fellow human being.

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Gym Mess - Advice Needed

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My gym membership expires on Tuesday.

I went to the desk today to renew. And they want to charge me $50 more for a year membership than they did last year!

Okay, so that's $4 more per month. $1 more per week. Not going to break me, and I'm not universally opposed to the increase, though I'm irritated, because:

1. I've been a loyal member for three years. This would have been my fourth contract.

2. I'm not getting anything additional in return. They are letting me go to any of their gyms in the area instead of just this gym, but I don't NEED nor WANT to go to any other gym. There's a gym near my office with no parking, so the only time I'd go would be on days that the weather is too bad for me to drive into work and I take the Metro. Is that worth $50? I don't know.

3. I don't want to pay more!

In addition to all that, the "sales manager" has a lot to learn. He wasn't nice to me at all, talked down to me a bit, and then blew me off at the end. And his arguments regarding why I should take this increase without complaint were stupid. As in:

1. You're not going to find a cheaper gym membership in this area.

My husband pays $19 per month at other big-name gym.

2. Your husband won't be for long. His big-name gym just got bought by yet another big-name gym, so it's all going to go up. I bet he comes here. I guarantee you won't find any other cheaper.

Really? I should just trust you on that. What guarantee are you offering? And anyway, I don't care what other memberships cost. What other memberships cost are completely irrelevant to me. I care about what MY membership costs.

3. Well, you can go to other gyms. Where do you work?

Van Ness, and I used to go to that one, but they don't have parking, although, it's a nicer gym. But I have no need to go there anymore.

4. You should check out the other clubs. Ballston is really big, has lots of classes.

I've been to Ballston. And Rosslyn.

5. It really is a good deal on a membership for this area.

I. Don't. Care.

6. I can offer your husband a one-month pass. That's worth $50.

Now we're talking. Let me check with him. Oh, he didn't answer. Well, I'm going to have to think about this.

7. I can mail you a $25 gift card.

For what? For your overpriced shirts and stuff?

At this point, he said, "Okay," and turned back to his computer screen, and kind of gave me a blow-off hand wave.


The only thing I'm really clear on at this point is that Marcos will not be getting a commission on my membership if I do choose to renew.

So, what do I do? I could renew with a different salesman.

I could stop my membership. I don't know if I would find a different membership for cheaper. It'd have to be cheaper, because it would be farther from my house.

If I don't have a membership, how do I exercise? How do other people do it? Can $350 buy a good elliptical or stationary bike? What about $600? Where would I put it? Would I do workout videos if I got some?

What do y'all do for exercise? And what do you think of my gym membership situation? Am I being unreasonable?

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AMYLONGHORN 12/22/2011 11:21AM

    WOW you got a TON of great advice on this situation...I'm sorry I am just now getting to reading this and your other blogs, but I'm glad we got to talk about it last night!! Will check your other blogs to get the updates!!


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GETSTRONGRRR 12/19/2011 8:36PM

    Tough call....looks like you're getting a lot of good advice. Here's my $.02

-Look for a YMCA in the area....they are usually very good and much cheaper

-Make a rational decision, not an emotional one based on that knucklhead sales clerk's attitude.

In the end I ask myself a simple question on gyms and trainers. "If someone said you could lose your excess weight for $XX, would you pay it" Usually my answer is yes, and my payment is the motivation that keeps me going.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/19/2011 2:17PM

    I would really do some research and go talk to or call other gyms and see what sort of deals you can get, leveraging one against another. They CAN offer deals and rate cuts and the guy is just being a stubborn jerk.
I don't have a gym membership. I was thinking of getting one but then I read some bad reviews so i'm putting that on hold. John got us an elliptical a few years back on Amazon. I don't know how much it cost... maybe 500 or less on sale? It's not like gym quality, but it's pretty good. A schwinn.
If you're a gym person, it might be worth it to stay with it or find another gym.Good luck!

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SHRINKINGLULU 12/19/2011 1:51PM

    I think that if the gym has been working for you, and you CAN afford it, that you should stick to it. If you want to also buy some videos and at home equipment and try to start working that in so that you can transition to no membership NEXT year, then I'd support that. I don't want to be a downer, but I know if it were me, no matter how good my intentions, if I dropped my gym membership my fitness, and then my eating, water, sleeping and everything else would drop off. I say, since he was rude, call and ask to speak to a manager above him about it, complain, and then see what they can do for you at that level!! He'll at least get an earful!

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THISISIT-PA 12/19/2011 2:47AM

    If you like everything about the gym, except for the sales guy, I would stay there. A dollar a week more sounds like a reasonable increase. Have there been increases the other years you've been there?

Whether you stay or not, I would report the sales guy's behavior. I wouldn't want him representing my company.

Good luck. I hope it works out for you. I feel lucky. I love my gym and my health insurance pays for it.

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/18/2011 9:28PM

    I'd be very hesitant to go back there myself. Not sure where you live, but where I live in PWC, there are 4 or 5 big name gyms around, all within a fairly short distance from each other. I would think about it and see if anything else in the area works for you or take some of the great suggestions you've gotten for working from home. I personally don't seem to do as well on my own at home (except for walking and running), but that's me.

I saw a nice treadmill at Sam's today for $499 and an elliptical for $399.00. I have Comcast which has the on demand exercise TV. There are SO many things you really can do at home.

Good luck!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 12/18/2011 8:16PM

    I have had a Y membership off and on for about 8 years. The time that I actually lost most of my weight, I DID NOT have the membership, even though I used it almost daily when I did have it. I have added it back within the last year, and do go in the mornings for yoga. Mostly, my kids use it. DH hasn't been since we added it back, I haven't been in almost a month. But I will use it when I have time (girls have soccer behind the Y in Spring and Fall, so I go those evenings). I used it quite a bit this summer when we were out of school.

When I didn't have it, I walked laps on my road, a quiet cul-de-sac about 1/4 mile long, and had started running some. I lift weights and do other strength and stretching exercises in my den and on the road while walking. I do exercise videos. We have a treadmill, but I don't use it except to do calf raises off the side. I had an elliptical, but sold it because I didn't like/use it. In addition to handweights and resistance bands, I have a stability ball, yoga mat, exercise step, balance board (bought for my son's pt)

If the gym membership is working for you, I would be hesitant to give it up without a plan in place. Is dh's gym close enough to where you work to try it out? How much time do you have to think about this? If your membership lapses and you then decided to stay with this gym, will you incur additional fees, or can you take a little time to research other gyms? I agree, don't re-sign under the rep who was so rude to you! Only you can decided what is going to be best for you to do. Good luck!

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JECKIE 12/18/2011 5:54PM

    I'd call the actual manager, tell him you were treated poorly by his sales rep and ask what he's going to do about it. But be ready with an answer as to whether you will renew or not, depending on what he does. I wouldn't put up with being treated poorly.

As for what other people do.. that's tough. I've tried without a membership and it doesn't work for me. But do your research in the area. I know in my area there are MANY places that offer $10/month memberships (mine included, though I have the more expensive $20/month so I can go to different locations) and they're all very nice locations. They do NOT own you on the market.

What I wouldn't do is join a location that you can only visit "if xyz..." That's a recipe for disaster, IMO.

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 4:09PM

    The main question I think you should ask yourself is, "Is it worth it?"
*Is it worth the money?
*Is it worth being treated that way by that one person (or is it like that all the time)?
*Is it worth going someplace else?
*Is it worth giving up what's working for you?

I wouldn't be too hasty to let it go if it's working for you. I workout at home to DVD's and do some occasional running/walking outdoors. I wouldn't recommend giving up what's working for you to do what's working for someone else. You may want to try weaning yourself off the gym by finding other things you want to do so you won't be bound to the gym next time around. If you do decide to renew, I agree... I'd sign up under another sales rep. That guy doesn't deserve you.

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COLLINSCJ2012 12/18/2011 3:49PM

    With the economy the way it is I am shocked at the increase of customer no service. I get turned off by that so much that I would boycott the company. That is just me. I have been without a gym for almost 3 weeks now and I am in love with the workout videos and strength training programs here on this site. I am sore a lot of the time which is good. I was getting too used to my old routine of elliptical and treadmill and I wasn't getting anything out of it.

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TAICHIDANCER 12/18/2011 3:38PM

    I get a "free" membership at the college's recreation center (not free, but paid for by my health insurance as long as I work out 8 times a month). That's very nice but many times I'm too busy to go. So I also do the following:

1) hiking / walking outside when the weather is nice.
2) the stairs in my building when the weather is foul.
3) a step (as in the step class kind) in the living room the I use "whenever."
4) a weightlifting bench that I use with dumbbells
5) the aforementioned dumbbells: pairs of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 lbs.
6) a yoga mat
7) resistance bands
8) a Swiss balance ball
9) the Spark exercise videos for ideas.

Plus laughter: when I work out at home I make my wife do the exercises with me and then we usually wind up paralyzed by giggles. Then sometimes .... well, never mind.


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