Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Well, I did it... I went back last week for my fitness assessment. They weighed me, measured me, and asked lots of questions. We talked about goals and commitment.
(Bit of a side note here... I have only ever measured my waist once, and it wasn't when I was at my highest weight. I was too chicken to do that. Of course, now I wish I would have! However, I did measure my waist July 2011. When she measured me last week, it was 5.5" smaller! Wow! I had no idea it was THAT different.)
I signed on the dotted line and made an appointment to go back for my first workout in two days. So on Thursday I went in just hoping that I didn't embarass myself trying to use the machines the right way.
Debbie was the staff member who helped me. She went around to every single machine (twice) for the entire thirty minutes. The first time she did every station with me. She would demonstrate the correct form and use on the one right ahead of me while I did mine. The second time around, she still did the station ahead of me, but this time she explained what muscles were worked by that machine.
I didn't exert a lot of energy on that first trip. I just wanted to get a feel for the machines and make sure that I was using them correctly. I went back yesterday to give it a go. This time I did the exercises to the best of my ability. By the time I was done, I felt as if I did have a good workout.
My favorite thing is that it doesn't get boring. You do two times around the circuit in 30 minutes. They have a recording that tells you when to move. You are not on one piece of equipment long enough to get bored. I was worried because I didn't know how this could give a good enough workout to my muscles. It did, though!
My biggest fear was embarassment. I've always been self-conscious. I didn't feel this way at all any of the times I have been there so far. All of the ladies who were there each time said hello as I walked in the door and good bye or wished me a good day as I left. It felt sincere, too.
I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow!