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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
    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!
    2836 days ago
    For me the location of the gym in #1! Good that you get checked by your doctor first!
    2836 days ago
    You will love it!!
    2836 days ago
    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.


    Have fun!
    2837 days ago
    emoticon Wishing you all the emoticon in your new adventure!!!
    2837 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Have fun emoticon and go for those fluffy towels!
    2837 days ago
  • RENA1965
    emoticon keep us posted...
    2837 days ago
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