Thursday, March 15, 2012
The new kid on the playground and you stand out from the others - remember that feeling? That's how I felt today, the first day in the weight room with the personal trainer.
I'm 55 years old, overweight and clearly learning about the machines. The Rec Center gym that I've joined is at the university I work at, so most of the people in the Rec Center are students (18-26). Its free for them, since they pay a fee to pay for the construction of the building. And it helps them be active and healthy, plus there are programs there like Outdoor Pursuits, volleyball leagues, basketball, etc.
So first we walked around the indoor track for 20 minutes at a pretty good pace, and chatted. Then we went to the weight room to become familiar with the machines. I noticed people looking at us etc. The trainer showed me how to use the machines - they have new machines which are different than the ones I used in the 1980's and the late 1990's and about 8 years ago. We also watched some of the others use the machines and weights.
Many of the weights have a rubber coating on them! Great idea!
The trainer mentioned that he thinks I'm much stronger than he originally thought I was, from the few machines I tried today and the light weights. True, but I'm happy to start at a nice medium weight.
Next Tuesday we'll start getting the weights and the settings on the machines I'll be using.
Afterward I mentioned my awareness of others watching us; and that I know over time it will be normal to see me in the gym, either with him or not, using the machines and weights. It will take time and I just need to realize it and keep going back to become a fixture in the place. Hee - hee - hee that could end up being a crazy sort of thing now that I think about it.
Yahoo!!! working through each perceived obstacle as they come up