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Old 12-01-09, 11:24 PM   #1
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I thought going to the gym was supposed to be healthy....

I guess I need a new gym. I hope the two years I spent breathing auto exhaust didn't do any major damage.

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Old 12-02-09, 09:13 AM   #2
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I was confused that you mentioned "auto exhaust" and the picture had two trucks backed up to the front doors. I thought, "why don't they just turnoff the ignition on those trucks?"

Sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-02-09, 09:42 AM   #3
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And all this time you thought those were endorphins..............
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Old 12-02-09, 10:00 AM   #4
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I was confused that you mentioned "auto exhaust" and the picture had two trucks backed up to the front doors. I thought, "why don't they just turnoff the ignition on those trucks?"

Sorry for your loss.
Well, it is in a way. People had known me there since my 400 pound days. I have to start over now. :-( Wherever I go I'm going to be looked at as a fat guy, and not as a fat guy who's accomplished losing more than 100 pounds.

Also, it was ideally located within a mile of the two major trails in the Philadelphia area. So after a ride I might get my lifting in, shower, and ride or drive home.
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Old 12-02-09, 10:15 AM   #5
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I was confused that you mentioned "auto exhaust" and the picture had two trucks backed up to the front doors. I thought, "why don't they just turnoff the ignition on those trucks?".
In my freshman college dorm a truck once pulled into the back alley and parked, idling, with its exhaust pipe pointed directly into the open window to my room. I came into the room from class to a room so full of diesel fumes I couldn't see the opposite wall 8' away. That was fun.
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Old 12-04-09, 09:44 AM   #6
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I think I found a new place:

http://rascalsfitness.com/philosophy.html

It's a lot closer - half as far away as the old gym. However, it's all climbing to get there. :-(

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/169581
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Old 12-04-09, 11:22 AM   #7
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It's a lot closer - half as far away as the old gym. However, it's all climbing to get there. :-(
That sounds like a bonus to me, you get an extra workout on the way there and get to coast downhill on the way home when your sore from your work out. Win-win?
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Old 12-04-09, 01:17 PM   #8
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That sounds like a bonus to me, you get an extra workout on the way there and get to coast downhill on the way home when your sore from your work out. Win-win?
You can either spin up the hill for cardio, or stand and mash for the stairmaster effect.
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A gym that sells Chocolate Chip cookies?! At first I thought it sounded wonderful, until I realized how little resistance I have to chocolate chips!
RUN NEIL! It's not a gym, it's the gates to the inferno!
Just kidding. Really makes me wish I lived nearby!
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Old 12-05-09, 01:00 PM   #10
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A gym that sells Chocolate Chip cookies?! At first I thought it sounded wonderful, until I realized how little resistance I have to chocolate chips!
RUN NEIL! It's not a gym, it's the gates to the inferno!
Just kidding. Really makes me wish I lived nearby!
Well, the last two gyms I joined featured guys on 'roids. I'll take chocolate chips over 'the juice' any day.
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That sounds like a bonus to me, you get an extra workout on the way there and get to coast downhill on the way home when your sore from your work out. Win-win?
Well, it is a win aside from the climbing. No riding through Phoenixville traffic, for one. And I've not ridden in that area before. Lots of little roads to explore.
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Hey were not all on roids, its just flaxseed oil and vitamin B shots. Definetly go to gym where you feel comfortable. Nothing like feeling self-concious wearing a helmet during spinning class.
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Old 12-05-09, 11:27 PM   #13
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Well, I did my first full workout at the new gym today. 2 miles on the exercise bikes - just enough to discover that I fit very badly on them - some walking, and my lifting routine. My joints were creaking from the cold and snow outside, but I managed all my exercises. Frankly, I haven't been this excited since I joined a gym back in 2006 and decided to lose weight so I could learn to ride a bike.

If the snow clears in the next day or so I'll tackle the ride to the gym and back.
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Old 12-05-09, 11:35 PM   #14
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Hey were not all on roids, its just flaxseed oil and vitamin B shots. Definetly go to gym where you feel comfortable. Nothing like feeling self-concious wearing a helmet during spinning class.
That photo of me wearing a helmet on a spin bike wasn't from a class. I've never worn a helmet in a spin class. And besides, I've given up on spin classes since I'm tired of being looked at like Dickens' Tiny Tim - the last one ended with a stranger asking "what's wrong with your back?" It's bad enough to be mocked and patronized by "real" cyclists, but to take it from 'riders' who never go outdoors?

I've used flaxseed products before. I found little benefit, unfortunately.
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Old 12-07-09, 09:10 AM   #15
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I think I found a new place:

http://rascalsfitness.com/philosophy.html

It's a lot closer - half as far away as the old gym. However, it's all climbing to get there. :-(

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/169581
I spoke with the owner last night about getting a bike rack for the front. He said he'd need to speak to the shopping center owner about it - it's their sidewalk. The gym owner seemed impressed I'd ride six miles to the gym. He obviously didn't know he was talking to The Historian. :-) *




* Possibly the most pretentious, self-important comment I've ever posted to Bike Forums.
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I was joking The Historian. I didn't know you had a picture of yourself on a bike. Without emoticons its difficult to convey the context in which I was referring. Also, that flaxseed oil and vitamin B shot was in reference to Barry Bonds allegations of non steroid use.
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