As much as I am a huge money saver, the benefit of using a full-service gym outweighs the cost of the membership fees. I strategically chose a gym that was in walking distance from my residence and just happened to be in the very same building as my workplace. Talk about convenience, even if I do need to drive there, the gym validates for at least two hours. On top of that, it is stink-free and has a fabulous pool that I can even use if I want to lay out and relax after a great workout.
In the past, I hadn’t been the hugest fan of group classes but this was a new gym, a new start, and it was worth a shot to try. I figured if I found a few classes that I liked, I could schedule around them and then pop in another couple of times at the gym to add up to my four times a week goal. My mid-section was always a top priority of mine, however as of late I have really wanted to work-out my legs and get nice lean thoroughbred legs to take me places. I picked up the month’s class schedule from the front desk and highlighted accordingly. This is how my week went:
Monday: Butt Blaster, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
The description for this class wasn’t kidding; I had plenty trouble getting out of bed the next morning. It was a rude, yet much needed awakening that those two months without real physical exertion had led to the near-paralysis I felt after an hour of fast-paced squats and lunges. Perhaps I had been overzealous starting off so strong but despite hobbling down the halls of my work with my inner-thighs ablaze, I felt motivated. The last hour of work seemed to go by even faster. When I got home to cook dinner, perhaps it was the thought of wasting a hard workout, but I even chose to take the extra time and fix a healthy dinner instead of a quick fix.
Tuesday: Beginning Yoga, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
I had done some yoga before but if the intermediate to advanced yoga was going to be anything like the Butt Blaster class I decided that maybe I shouldn’t be so confident in my flexibility. If I am going to lean out my legs like I want to, I need to get better at stretching!
On Wednesday, the second day after Butt Blaster, my muscles were sorer than the first. As much as I hated the idea of another low-key day I just couldn’t see my lower body taking any more hits and I would have to skip the Chiseled class that I had planned on attending. I did manage to go to the gym for some self-instructed upper-body weight training to even it all out. Unfortunately, that was the last time I made into the gym that week. My whole body ached and doing anything beyond walking when I felt that way seemed as though it may be detrimental more than helpful. I decided that going full force out the gate may not have been the best route to start a gym regimen and instead building up and taking one challenge at a time will help me maintain my four times a week goal.
The verdict: One gym visit short of goal this week. Next week, aiming for four visits!
-- Cassandra Altmann