My gym visit today was so much fun
Friday, March 16, 2012
First off I should say that working out really hard makes me very happy - it helps banish my depression, and helps me keep away from the crazy food. My trainer works me hard most of the time, but some days he really pulls out some crazy stuff.
My first exercise today dealt with a twisted heavy rope, looped around a bench, and I had to hoist it up and slam it down. I got to make a lot of noise with that rope as it slammed on the floor! 3 other trainers commented on it (I drew a lot of good attention). And while resting my arms (and lungs--that slamming really takes your breath away) from that, I was supersetting with a bosu where I balanced (feet on the flat side) in a squat position and had to figure 8 a dumbell between/thru my legs. A fit-looking lady a little older than me said, "wow, I could never do that." Then the ropes got harder as he added the bosu into that - balancing while slamming is HARD but still fun! After 3 sets we moved on.
Later, while I was doing another bosu thing - balancing on one foot in the center of the flat side while doing a one armed row on this big machine with all these cables and attachments and simultaneously doing a bicep curl with a dumbell in the other hand. 15 reps, switch sides, 15 more. Three sets. A very well built 30-something dude on a machine behind me said (after my 1st set), "Wow! I couldn't do that even without the arm parts!"
Then for my last thing (we did stuff in between all this, I'm just trying to cut out the boring details), he set up 2 bosu balls, squishy side up, and I had to put one foot on each in a lunge position, then do a mid-air switch and land with those feet balanced in reverse and back and forth. Now, I'm going to admit that I fell off after 6 reps the first time, but my trainer admitted that he was impressed I made it that far. Other trainers started watching, and two of them said, "impressive," as I continued for 4 or 5 sets, each of varying numbers of reps until I feel off or my heart rate monitor spiked so high that I really had to take a break just so the warning beeps would stop and I could breathe again.
Then as a lark, he showed me how he uses the 2 bosus to practice his snowboarding 180s, 360s and more. So I tried and did a perfect 180! A guy working close by smiled and gave me a dude nod like, "good job."
So, my 48 year old little body can still wow people! Maybe not in the same way it once did when it was teeny, firm, and all hottie cutie, but it was really cool to know that I can still turn heads and in a way I feel better about than hottie cutie anyway! It makes me feel really good to feel powerful, coordinated, able, capable.
I love gym days like this!