my first day back at the gym.
Monday, June 01, 2009
i was actually more hurried than i thought i'd be, due to errands and a minor car issue, but managed to make it there with about an hour to spare. not as long as i'd liked, but still good enough time i figured.
as soon as i walked into the gym, i got the fear. the fear of seeing all these beautiful people around me, the fear that i didn't belong, the fear that everyone was staring at me thinking "oh look, how cute, a little noob to working out. wonder which machine she'll pick first."
as much as i didn't want to make it look like i was an idiot at what to do first, i still stuttered and stared at all the grand machines on the first floor. the top floor is dedicated to cardio so i didn't have to worry about that. i slowly walked around the bottom floor, trying to pick one body part that i could start with. should i go for the arms? they do wiggle when i lift and move them... the legs? i'm so embarrassed of those that i haven't worn anything less than jeans in over a year now... the abs? i'll be feeling that in the morning for sure.
i chose the arms, mainly because there were huge muscly men on the abs machines and sleek and sexy women hogging the machines that i figured looked like leg workouts.
i got settled in one that looked fairly simple, just pull this levy down over your chest and it works your biceps and triceps at the same time. easy enough. i tried to remember what weight i used to put these on, and figured "well, i can lift about 40 lbs at work easily enough, so we'll start with 30 and work my way up."
apparently when i lift 40 or more lbs at work, i use my back or my stomach to shift the weight, because let me tell you, trying to pull down 30 lbs of pure weight with just my arms was not happening.
okay, that's okay, i'll go with 25, i'm sure it will make a huge difference.
..... nothing. i think my butt might have lifted up slightly just from trying to pull that sucker down so hard.
15 minutes later, i can finally manage a measly 10 lb weight. that's the smallest one they have. the weight/pulley system that they have where you stick the small bar in the weights, yea it doesn't even go that small. that's basically just lifting your own body weight at that point.
but! i did 20 reps, rested for 15 seconds, and 20 more reps.
i called it a day because i had to be at school in 30 minutes and still jump in the shower before that. my arms, they are in pain. but i like it. a lot. and i'm going to do more tomorrow.