Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pounding away

I've now completed three-and-a-third weeks of the six-week fitness challenge I signed up for at the gym. It's going pretty well, I think. As usual, I'm enjoying the weights more than the running. but the running is all right, especially since I started remembering to bring my headphones with me. I can't listen to music while running on a treadmill (I always try to match the rhythm of the music, not the treadmill, which isn't a great idea) but I can watch TV. Countdown is surprisingly good to run to - all those ticking clocks make the time go by more quickly!

I'm noticing the same patterns I remember from before: lower-body exercises are easy; upper-body exercises that use free weights (all dumbbells in this case) are harder but progress is being made; and upper-body exercises that use machines are hard and deeply unrewarding. I think it may be simply that the machines are designed to accommodate much broader shoulders, but aren't adjustable in that direction. Maybe I need to find dumbbell exercises to replace those, too.

The only disadvantage to the dumbbell exercises is, again, perfectly familiar - I'm always the only girl in the bench gym. I'm really not sure why, as you do see the occasional woman in the Olympic gym, and lots of women use the machines. Or maybe the place is full of women on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and I just don't see them...

I've been increasing the weights for every exercise except the dreaded upper-body machines, and I've increased my average speed for the interval training. I've also noticed an improvement while cycling. I haven't lost any weight to speak of, though. Hmmmm.

The disadvantage of all this gymming is that I tend to come home pretty tired, which has (as you can see) had a knock-on effect on my blogging. Often I just don't feel like turning the computer on. Maybe this will change as my fitness levels improve - let's hope so.

Notwithstanding my poor blogging record lately, I seem to have garnered an award.

I know for some people this sort of thing is old hat, but I have never (to my knowledge) been given an award before! Thank you, Warty Mammal.

1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

Actually, I will need to think about who to hand it on to. And work out whether I am being recognised for my attitude or my gratitude. I think I probably do better on the latter.


Thimbleanna said...

Well, I think you have a great attitude too! Anyone who can go to a fitness center must have a good attitude. We belong to one, but mostly for when the boys come home. I can barely stand to go there -- it's always crowded and its VERY stinky. Eeeewwwww. Maybe if they had air fresheners I'd like it more. Good for you for sticking with it!

Loth said...

I think you come in under both headings myself. Well done on the gym stamina - I haven't been in weeks and weeks and weeks. I'm actually thinking of cancelling the membership as a result!

Anna said...

If you can force yourself to go to a gym, I salute you!

I've always found them so annoying that I just wouldn't bother. Change clothes, drive to the gym, work out, be annoyed by other people, be self-conscious because of the hordes, drive home---it takes too long, and I loathe working out around other people.

I do, however, work out just fine at home! So I treated myself to a recumbent exerbike a couple months ago when my old machine wore out. ;)

As far as the energy levels go, hang in there! You probably know this, but you should soon start feeling more energetic (unless you're chronically overdoing it). Good for you!!

Warty Mammal said...

Hooray for you! It's quite an accomplishment keeping up this level of commitment.

Isabelle said...

It's mid-April now, daughter dear. How about an update??

My verification word is torsed. Quite a good word to describe gym fatigue, I think? "Goodness me, I'm really torsed after that."

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Lisa Chelle said...

I think you have an amazing attitude. I cuss on the way to the gym, during the workout and if I could cuss on the way home, i would ... but I am too busy catching my breath! But I do love being 10 pounds lighter. Thanks for sharing your exercise views, I need it!