Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Checking In

I've been a bad bad blogger. I admit it. I've been neglecting this blog for too long. Don't worry. It's not you. It's me.

Basically, my already dwindling output has kind of dried up in the past month because I've been spending more time away from the computer than I once did. I joined a gym and I've been learning a few things:

First - biceps and triceps are not just abstract concepts. I have them. They hurt. So do a number of other muscles.

Second - even a big guy like me can spend time in a gym without feeling too out of place. I'm still not totally comfortable but at least I can walk into the gym knowing what I'm doing and how to do it at least fairly well, a vast improvement in just a few weeks.

Third - weightlifting sucks. See the part about biceps and triceps and pain. Fortunately, I'm stubborn and that's what keeps me going back to the torture machines.

Fourth - personal trainers are expensive. The upside is that now that I've committed the money, I'm much more likely to show up and work out.

Fifth - The Dead Kennedys didn't really work for me on the cardio machines, which kind of surprised me. The Dropkick Murphys were better. A nice big playlist of songs ranging from rock to pop to country works best. The downside is I'm pretty sure I'm going to belt out a rousing off-key rendition of Dan Mangan's Robots at some point while sweating away on the elliptical machine. This likely won't endear me to my fellow gym-goers.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I flirt with the idea of a personal trainer every few months or so, generally after I injury myself or see the scales start to creep up again despite the sweat effort. If you think it's worthwhile to work with one, I may just have to revisit the idea.

Playlists are the key, aren't they? Dropkick Murphys are a great choice for really pushing the miles, as they have an engaging and driving beat. And I am sure that your fellow exercisers would appreciate being told that robots need love too. I know the elliptical machines would.

Remi said...

I'm going to temper my enthusiasm with the fact that it's still been less than a month. For me, the best part of having the trainer is I'm actually learning how to use all those torture devices that scared me away from gyms in the past.

Honestly. Going into this, I had almost no knowledge of what to do in the gym. I avoided gyms first and foremost because I was lazy. The secondary reason, though, was that I had just never learned what to do in one. Now I know. You inflict pain on yourself until you can't anymore. Then you repeat every couple of days.

Daibhin said...

You can join my bad blogger club...