Category: The Gym

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day y’all!  Are you living today like real life is for March?!  I hope you are because I sure am not.  I did wear blue and yellow, like a boss (did anyone else wear blue and yellow?  Did you see people wearing blue and yellow?  I didn’t, bummer).  Other than dressing the part, however, I did not act like today doesn’t count.  I got my tax return today (yay!) but I used to for responsible things like paying off a credit card bill (boo).  I also went to the gym for TWO HOURS guys, even though the air conditioner in the group classroom was BROKEN and I totally wanted to fall down.  I toughed it out y’all, I toughed out a half hour of boot camp (SHE MADE US CRAB WALK WITH WEIGHTS IN OUR LAPS UNNNGH), and a half hour of core class, and then a full hour of body combat.  Presumably I sweat out every toxin and stray drop of moisture in my body.

I did, however, eat a croissant today.  Croissants are full of carbs and butter and fat, and they are one of my favorite things ever.  I guess that sort of counts as celebrating Leap Day?

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Viva la croissant!  I hope y’all are having a great Leap Day!

Physical Activity is Not Optional

Regular gym-goers always dread January, as it brings the flood of the Resolutioners (or Resolutionists, whichever you prefer).  Classes are more crowded, equipment is harder to snag, weights are being put back incorrectly, etc.  Most of these people will trickle off in a few months, and these actually annoy me more than the ones who stay.  Because the ones who end up keeping their resolutions, the ones who become regular gym-goers, they are more like me, you see.  They’ve realized something.

They’ve realized that physical activity is not optional.

GymThis is something I’ve come to realize in my past year of gym-going.  I’ve always been pretty regular about the gym;  I’m lucky, I have two parents who go to the gym 5-6 times a week despite often working until 7:00 or 8:00 at night.  They’ve been frequent gym-goers for as long as I can remember, and when I became old enough to use the gym at the JCC I joined them.  So from age 14 on I’ve been going to the gym.  Sure, I’ve dropped the ball for a few months here or there, and the year and a half I spent working retail was a bit sparse in gym-going, but I’ve always been able to pick it back up.  My period of funemployment caused (enabled?) me to be one of those people who schedule their days around their work-out, and I’m happy to say that after five weeks at the Durham Arts Council I am still sticking with my fitness routine of at least an hour a day, 5-6 days a week.  And this is because I know now that remaining physically active is just not an option in America today.

You don’t have to go to the gym and take classes like I do.  You can be a runner–I’m not a runner, that isn’t for me.  You can go rock climbing, or hiking, or swim laps–whatever, you just have to do something.  We sit around too much, and we eat too much, and it is way too easy to get overweight and unhealthy (as evidenced by much of America) for physical activity to be optional.

I’m not saying anything new here, so I apologize if this is boring.  But it is how I explain myself to people who react in shock and awe when I tell them that, yes, I do work all day, and then I put on my gym clothes at work and go straight to the gym.  It just isn’t optional.  I look at going to the gym the way I look at going to work: it is something I have to do, even if I don’t really want to.

I’m hoping that the resolutionists now clogging up my gym have this realization as well, I really do.  I won’t enjoy fighting for floor space in my classes, but I’ll be happier knowing that another group of people is adopting a healthier lifestyle with the realization that this just isn’t a choice anymore.  It is a necessity.


First Day of Work Tomorrow!

Hi guys, so I start work tomorrow, that’s exciting right?

It is DECEMBER now, which is crazy!  Do you like my new December-Jewish Holiday-Appropriate background?  Here’s the full image:

That’s exciting right?  I didn’t make it, alas, and I didn’t make this one either, but it is also awesome:

Yaaaay.  I get endless amounts of glee from the fact that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner are nice Jewish boys.  My people, y’all!

I’ve been a bit dead on my blog,  for no good reason.  Now that I am not spending my evenings job hunting I should endeavor to, you know, post some more.  In the meantime this is what I have been doing these past two weeks, in between jobs:

-I cleaned out my closet.  And my dresser.  And my shoes, purses, and jewelry box.  I took five bag-fulls of stuff to Goodwill, y’all.  That was fun.


Fitness Test

I’ve been going to the Boot Camp class at my gym every Monday night since just before Memorial Day, minus the Mondays of Memorial Day and July 4th because there was no class on those days.

So, at Boot Camp last night, we did a fitness test. The instructor says she likes to do them several times a year, just to keep track of how she is progressing.  I know I’ve gotten harder/better/faster/stronger since starting the class, but this was the first time I was able to take stock and measure how I was doing.

Not me.

When I heard the words “fitness test” I immediately had a traumatic flashback of taking the Presidential Fitness Test back in elementary and middle school.  I always did terribly during that portion of the year in gym.  I wasn’t a particularly fit kid and I certainly couldn’t do a pull-up.  I also was (and am) a miserably not flexible person, and it was humiliating when the boys were more flexible than I was.  And the worst–the WORST–was the mile run.  One year I did decently enough on all the fitness tests to achieve the “National Award,” which is sort of an honorable mention for the not really fit kids.  The high point of that year was my jogging-walking a mile in under eleven minutes.  The track at Pine View was a quarter of a mile, and I still remember the shame of being lapped by those mutants who could run a six or seven minute mile.  GUYS!  Stop showing off.  Pine View is a school for the Intellectually Gifted, athletic prowess isn’t our thing so, you know, stop trying so hard.

Luckily the Boot Camp Fitness Test didn’t involve any mile runs, but pull-ups did happen.  Sigh.


Aches and pains

A haiku for my muscles, which have been sore all week, because I do not know how to cool it at the gym:

My abs are so sore/ Boot camp, too many crunches / It hurts me to laugh

What on earth guys, my abs have been sore since Monday, what is my damage?

Oh hey you know what is useful for sitting upright and moving and everything? CORE MUSCLES.

Maybe I’ll feel better tomorrow.