Friday, January 20, 2012
Ok, so up until today I thought that the ARC was a good thing. Noah built it, animals 2 x 2, big flood, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Today I found out that the arc is NOT good but EVIL!!! I've seen people at Planet Fitness using it and they were sweating like nobody's business. For anyone that doesn't know what it is, it's sort of like an elliptical machine but even more sinister. Why??? Because it can emulate my arch enemy.... stairs! In a previous club I belonged to they had an actual stair master machine (think a mini escalator). I tried it ONCE and I lasted all of about 3 minutes. Ever since then I've been staying away from any stair type exercise.
I did a little research online last night and learned a little more about it. They claim it's safer than an elliptical due to less stress on your knees. So I decided today I would put my big boy pants on and see what I could do.
When I got there, it didn't look quite as evil but let's see what happens when I start using it. So I hopped on and started moving. I selected my program 'Fat Burning' and I was off to the races. At first it didn't seem too bad. I started getting a little cocky so I said, "Hey I wonder what happens if I crank up the incline?" Uhhh... bad choice. Instantly the motion changed to more of a stair climb instead of an elliptical. My quads were on fire!! I looked down at the timer thinking that I must be about 15 minutes into the 30. Not even close... I was only 3 minutes in and I was ready to run far far away with my tail tucked between my legs.
I didn't quit though. Fortunately the fat burn program decided to ease up on me a little and lowered the incline back down to a much more tolerable 6. I ended up making it through the entire 30 minute program. It wasn't easy but I kept pushing myself and found some way to get through.
This was the machine that used only the legs though. They have another version that uses arms and legs and I bet it's a real *fun* to use. I'll save that for another day. Baby steps...baby steps.