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Decision taken--going to join the gym!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



This extremely nifty bug is the detail on a statue in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. The best Egyptian collection I have ever seen. This bug was on a statue maybe 15 feet tall, on the chest. Just beautiful.

And on to the gym....

So, because I can never really seem to do anything simply, I spent the week touring gyms, comparing, asking people their opinion, etc. And finally decided the time is right for me to join a gym.

A new place opened only 5 mins walk from my house and on the way home from work. A smaller, no frills kind of gym with the cardio machines you would expect, plus some interesting reclining bicycles that appeal to the lazy-comfier side of me. Also a 30 minute circuit with different machines only for the circuit and a big central timer, maybe a good way for me to start, a whole basement of weight equipment, no classes but two studios, one with a variety of abs, floor work, etc videos on demand and the other with spin classes on video on demand. I never used the group classes at my last gym years ago so maybe this is an alternative I will have the guts to try.

There is a sauna, the showers are beautiful private cubicles with attached dresing rooms, and the trainer made a point of showing me how and how often the showers were cleaned.

Nothing fancy though, some fairly ordinary people around, no big free weights and no big muscle guys.

I need to come up with my own towels and a small lock for the locker that I will only be able to use for the time I am there, so I will have to carry a gym bag around.

It is an investment, although no so bad when considered on a monthly basis as a hobby. I'm going to aim for three times a week to start and see how it goes, and during the slowest time of the day so I don't get intimidated by too many people.

I went to the doctor today for a health certificate, you can't do any organized sports in France without being cleared by a doctor, and it seems that I'm good to go.

Looking forward to a possible way to reduce stress, get better sleep, get stronger and maybe lose some kilos. It is worth a year of my time to give it a try I figure.

I also think this adventure deserves some new towels, something happy and bright, not the faded ones stuffed into the top shelf of my closet, so that's on the agenda too--bright, happy towels.

I'm excited about it, can't wait to start! Wish me luck!
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AKASHA66 9/16/2010 1:53AM

    You guys are great for keeping me positive.

I think the location was what did it too--if I had to get in the car to go there, or could find any excuse at all that getting htere was a pain, I would find it.

Compared to the gyms I see in the US it is a little, tiny thing. Maybe 5 of each cardio machine. I have gone by at every time and it is only in the evening, after work, that it gets busy. So I can avoid that. I think I would do better in the ams anyway and maybe afternoon once a week.

I appreciate the support!

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KALISWALKER 9/15/2010 6:36PM

    For me the location of the gym in #1! Good that you get checked by your doctor first!

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P0KERS0PH 9/15/2010 4:15PM

    You will love it!!

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ZELDAPLIFF 9/15/2010 3:13PM

    Sounds like your humble simple gyms are much nicer than our "spiffed up" YMCA's. Love the towel idea. I've always used the old cruddy ones.

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Have fun!

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CHELLESDOINGR8 9/15/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon Wishing you all the emoticon in your new adventure!!!

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KELPIE57 9/15/2010 2:39PM

    Have fun emoticon and go for those fluffy towels!

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RENA1965 9/15/2010 2:30PM

    emoticon keep us posted...

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