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Bein a gym rat. [20110317|16:43]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

After 11 weeks of successfully going to the gym at least three times a week, I've decided that this must be working for me, even if it does require a 5:45 AM wake-up call at least twice a week. It may seem logical to some to suggest that I go in the evenings instead, but I have two reasons for not doing this. Firstly, it would mean I'd have to pay for a peak time membership, which is £20/month more expensive. Secondly, I'd have to forgo spending my evenings with the bloke. He's not awake from 6-7 AM most of the time, so we don't miss out on one another's company then. Much as I'd like not to have to rely on belonging to a gym to get regular exercise, I've faced up to the evidence of the past few years that having a routine and a fixed venue keeps me going, so I'm going to bite the bullet and sign up for a yearly contract.

I've even lost weight (about 3 kilos/7 pounds). That wasn't my goal, but it's a pleasant side effect.

I'm hoping this will turn into a habit I don't even notice I'm maintaining, although that's a bit of a challenge (see: 5:45 AM start).

I've begun running on the treadmill again. For the first few weeks, I started out doing 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer followed by 30 minutes of weightlifting (alternating arms and legs each workout) and situps/pushups/core exercises. Now I'm doing 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 on the treadmill at a slight gradient at 10-11 km/h pace. Same weightlifting regime. I increase the times at the weekends to 40 mins or 20/20.

Once it starts staying light a bit later, I'll begin running in the evenings with the bloke again. This is good for me because he's a natural runner (long & lean) and I'm not, but I'm competitive, so he pushes me to go faster. I'd like to set a decent pace at the 5k Race for Life in July and for a 10k at some point later this year. It would be nice to do the 10k in under an hour.

Other gym rats: What are your routines? Any exercises that you swear by? I really like doing free weight work, but I only do stuff for my arms & shoulders (bicep curls, shoulder presses, etc).

[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2011-03-17 22:31 (UTC)
I have quite a lot of experience of working out with free weights so give me a shout if you want any pointers - I do a lot of lower body stuff which is great as it also makes my running more effecient!

I'm with you on the early mornings - I do weight training twice a week starting at 7am in the city - I'm going to try and start either going to the gym or going for a run at least once a week before work as well. That way, even if I don't leave the office 'til 7.30/8pm, I'm still staying healthy (and eating fewer take-aways - I tend to eat better when I'm exercising).

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[User Picture]From: sneakypeteiii
2011-03-18 01:10 (UTC)
Yay gym rat! I found, back when I still had a gym/CIT membership, that doing free-weight exercises on resistance-type machines are really good and make you stronger without bulking as much. I think it's the fact that it engages your whole body (including your core).
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2011-03-18 05:18 (UTC)
That sounds lovely. I haven't been able to get into working out in the morning, except on weekends. I sort of wish I could. But I enjoy ending the day with it as well and my schedule allows me to.

I'm no longer technically a gym rat. I cancelled my gym membership and am currently just running and doing self defense and heavy bag classes (which include not-a-little conditioning but nothing but body weight) but when I was, I'd do 20-30 minutes on a stair machine or treadmill at a brisk but not devastating pace then go find a set of dumbbells. I got a metric fuckton of advice from a friend and still have those emails if you'd like me to forward them along and note what I found especially useful. My absolute favorites were push/pull sets (working opposing muscles in alternating sets like chest and back on the same day or biceps and triceps on the same day) and anything using a stability ball.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2011-03-18 13:41 (UTC)
hey - when war against excessive dust is won (or won for now anyway, wouldn't want to tempt the fates) - do you fancy doing a short run on a Monday evening in the outdoors?
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2011-03-20 00:14 (UTC)
Um. I don't really qualify to share but...I've actually accidentally committed myself to exercising these last three months & want to feel a camaraderie, so.

I Zumba two nights a week for an hour & just today have decided to give up my Saturday morning Zumba temporarily, as I can't figure out how to stop losing weight (what a weird thing to write in this day & age). It's completely exhausting & invigorating & I can feel it in my headspace if I have to miss one. I...love it.
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