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Old 11-11-10, 04:08 PM   #26
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I go to the gym every morning to get in some form of excercise. I try to mix things up with running on the treadmill, strength training and taking their spinning classes. My bike is on my trainer as of now, but I have plenty of off season options
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When my wife and I were frequenting the gym we'd go and swim. I laughed at people when I took off my shirt. And once I was in the pool actually swimming I was much faster if not as fast as some of the "in shape" folks.

I made her do about 30 minutes of cardio before a water aerobics class, then an hour swim after words.

I swam in high school, but she didn't participate in sports. I was proud of her because she would keep up. I topped the scale at about 259 or so and got down to 245. my lowest since the early 2000's. I was 150 with soaking wet clothes on when I was in high school (1997).

Now my wife and I walk. I jump on the bike and ride. And we're happy.
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I have a membership with a Masters swim team and also a gym membership. Swimming was my first love. Its great having a coach with structured workouts, great training atmosphere (no public lap swim BS, pool set up for competitive swimmers) but schedule is very restricted and there are lots of practice cancellations (holidays, spring break, summer 2-week break, swim meets, other events at facility). So I have the gym membership as "Plan B" -- they have a OK pool, it is very close to my house, clean, new, and has free spin classes. I also like using the weights at the gym and my orthopedists want me to do some basic rehab-style exercises. These days I prefer to ride my bike outdoors but it doesn't always happen.

It is great having multiple options. I can ride my bike if weather is OK. I can swim if weather is bad or my bike is in the shop or if my legs are tired. I can take a spin class to get humbled and keep my legs in shape when I can't ride outside for many days. I like swimming with my team but sometimes it won't fit into my schedule or I know it will not be a great workout (coach sick, crowding that night) so having my own lane at the gym and doing my own thing at a convenient time is great.

My company will reimburse me $250/year for a gym membership as a "Wellness Incentive". They will not pay a dime towards my cycling expenses nor towards my swim team even though both are terrific exercise. I did enough volunteer work for the swim team that I was given a very nice lifetime discount so I'm not paying the usual $70/month membership. So basically the gym and swim team memberships cost very little.

Walking - orthopedist says "no". They only want me to swim, ride a bike, or lift weights.

A gym membership is also nice for when the water heater craps out at the house.
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Old 11-12-10, 04:03 PM   #29
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I'm considering a membership at the Y just because they have a suana. If for no other reason than that, being able to get really warm on a cold and damp winter's night seems like it's a justifiable thing. Plus, I really like to swim. I'm pretty strong, so the pointless hoisting doesn't really appeal to me. Maybe some weight work to get my back into shape again.
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I've been riding to the gym every day this week (about 30 minutes one-way, several decent little hills) and I did leg stuff on the weights Thursday and my legs are toast.

I went through a period where I did no leg exercises at all in hopes of keeping my legs fresh for riding, but I'm never gonna get stronger that way, you know? So I gotta get back into doing everything. Been doing back extensions and oblique work in hopes of improving my core. Gotta get more into that.

Swimming the other day was humbling. Swim a lap, pant, swim a lap, pant, repeat.
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I should be going to the gym, but just can't seem to find the time. When I swim I try to incorporate things like abdominal crunches with fins and press-ups on the pool wall, either facing into a corner or with my back to the wall to do the triceps muscles. I'm trying to learn flip turns as well, which are essentially crunches.
There is a fitness center at work, but using it at lunch time means no sunlight. At this time of year I just have to get outside or I don't see sunlight until the weekend. I may try to come up with a workout that I can do outside on park benches.
I'd like to get one of those machines that Chuck Norris shills on tv and set it up in the downstairs rumpus room.
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Gave up the Y because of the hours they're open. Or, perhaps more accurately: the hours they're not open. I'd have to rush from work and rush through a workout. Switched over to 24-Hour Fitness (and slightly cheaper than the Y). The Y's one TV set in the cardio room was always on CNN; 24-Hour Fitness has 4 in front of the ellipticals and 4 in front of the treadmills, so there's usually something to look at, and it's not unusual for them to switch one to NHLN for me. The sucky part is that for some reason, their "news" channel of choice is Faux. And I'm trying to be more conscientious about going.
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I have a gym membership, i use to do alot of threadmill until i injured my heel, i have now found that im keeping a higher and more constant heart rate doing cardio on a bike, which is why im even here.
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My husband paid for a gym membership for me this year. The first membership in about 12-14 years. It's a women-only gym with a rather structured routine which works for me much better than the free-form gym format where you have to keep track of reps which just bores me to DEATH. I can just set my iPod to my workout playlist, focus on the beat and let my mind wander. It was a necessity for a larger part of this year since I couldn't ride much of the time because of knee problems. It's helped my knees, I've lost 5 inches and have a marked improvment in my cardiovascular system which my PT had said was good to start with. To think I had serious doubts about it being effective.

I'm going to keep it up through the winter as well as spending a lot of time on my cycle trainer with a huge stack of DVDs and the TV.
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I'm on the verge of joining one of two clubs that are in my area. The closest one is a large nationwide chain, the other is a community fitness center. They're pretty comparable in cost, with the exception that the chain outfit has a joining incentive in the form of a gift card good for three $50 sessions with a PT. That's an extra cost option at the community center.

I've been invited by the chain club to come join their regular Monday evening spin class tonight to see how I like the place and the people. It'll be interesting to see what it's like. I was happy to see that their spin bikes have two-sided pedals so I can use my cleats.
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