Monday, March 28, 2011

Moaning and groaning, but doing it anyway

Setting myself up for success is important. I had told myself all weekend that Monday I was headed back to the gym, which for me means having to get up at five in the morning. After two and a half weeks of not getting my butt out of bed, I knew it was going to be rough and I was kind of dreading it. But last night I put my workout clothes in the bathroom, my water bottle by the door, set my alarm, and kissed my hubby goodnight at 9 so that I could get as much sleep as possible. With all that setup, how could I fail? Well, I could fail by thinking that I set my alarm and turned it on, when in reality I did set it, but did not turn it on. Luckily for me my body knew I was supposed to get up, and I woke up on my own about 5 minutes early.

Today was my first day at the Anytime Fitness closest to my new house, and I was feeling pretty nervous about it. I really loved the one I went to by my old house, and knew (by sight only) the people who worked out at the same time as me, loved my class two times a week and, yes, even my evil trainer Randy. Going into a new gym, where I know no one and the layout is completely different? Not exciting for me. When I went inside, (thankfully I saw someone else go in first, or I wouldn't have known where the door was!) I tried to look like I knew what I was doing while in reality I was scoping the place out to locate all the machines I like to use.

Well, the new place is different. They have some of the same machines, but they are missing some of my favorites. However, they have a machine that is kind of a cross between an elliptical and a stairmaster, which was pretty cool. Their classes (which are severely limited) are not included in your monthly payment, but cost extra - which I can't afford. And as far as I can tell, they don't have anything like my class at the last place. They do have a Saturday morning bootcamp, but as I said, it is extra. Taking it would almost double what I pay now, for only ONE DAY A WEEK. Hmmm, let me think about it, no. Plus their machines are not as clean (really just where your feet go, but still,) the tvs on their machines only show news channels (7 of them - what the heck???) their foam rollers are squishy (which completely negates the point of a foam roller,) and there is no evil trainer Randy to give me free professional training advice. I sound like such a whiner! But one you find a workout place/routine that is really working for you and that you really like, it is so hard to have to change it! Don't you guys agree???

At any rate, I did my workout, and after my hiatus I have to say that it felt good. I think that I pushed myself pretty well. There is another facility that is a bit further away from me - 4.8 miles as opposed to 2.4 for the one I went to today - and I might try them out if I decide I don't like this new one. But I will give it the week at least. Apparently I can go there for a while before actually switching my membership over from my old location, so I will just feel it out. Have any of you had to change workout places and been upset about it? How did it work out for you?


  1. I have had to change gyms, but not completely. The gym I go to opened one closer to my house and I started going there too because it was convenient, but I think the equipment is really crappy. Sometimes I drive over to the other one, but it just depends on the workout I have to do that day.

    I hope you start to feel successful again. And as far as I'm concerned, complain all you want; just complain while your getting your workout in. God knows I do!


  2. I have been at the same gym for quite sometime, but I still rarely feel like I know people there.

    I hope getting back into the habit is less and less painful.

  3. Wow, that new gym sounds like suck! I hope it gets better or you find a more awesome gym soon :s