Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Tale Of Two Workouts

Have you ever had déjà vu? I get this feeling every time I do a two-a-day. Don't get me wrong, I love the gym. I love how age diverse my place is, how nice the staff is, and I even don't mind the rubbery-sweat smell. Still, three hours is a long time to spend in such a small area.

Fortunately the gym does offer some fun perks that road running does not:

1. I can go guns out without freezing my arms off.
2. The cardio-theatre features a new movie everyday (today was 'How Harry Met Sally, and being the Billy Crystal fan I am, I stuck around).
3. Yoga Pants (sorry, but it's true, and any guy who says differently is lying).
4. Weights
5. Easily accessible restrooms
6. Televisions
7. Treadmills, cross trainers, stair climbers and ellipticals; I use them all during the week to access as many muscles as possible.
8. Lights (it is very dark at 5am, and even 6pm now)
9. People to watch for good exercise ideas.
10. People to mentally challenge and size up.

Obviously I still prefer a great run, but I always try to put a positive spin on things.

Since I was at the gym so long, you are probably wondering what I did. In the morning I did 4 miles on the Elliptical. I left out my crossfit as I don't want my body to become accustomed to it. I will get back to it after vacation, and I will do it hard to shock my system. Next, I worked my biceps, triceps and shoulders for about 45 minutes. I wanted to give my core a break, but I always struggle to lay off. I think my core is strong, and I just need to drop a bit more of BMI in order to show it off. Purely aesthetic, I know, but I like the bonuses that training brings.

In the afternoon I got on the cross trainer for 4 miles, switching directions every 5 minutes. I did not do any intervals today, also because I don't want my body to get used to anything. I finished visit #2 with some leg lifting. I hit my gluts a little more than anything else. I feel like these are one of my weakest areas right now, and they will come in handy when worrying about form at mile 22. I need ALL my muscles strong at that point.

Now that you are bored, I leave you with one thought: how can anyone ever exercise in jeans? I witnessed this painful travesty, and I couldn't believe that lady would subject herself to so much future pain. Go to Target and invest in some dri-fit clothes. That is all.

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  1. Ha- I can't believe people still workout in jeans either!
    The gym definitely offers some perks. and a cardio theatre sounds incredible!

  2. Not sure if jeans are worse than the "tight pink polo guy."

  3. confession: if i kno i'm doing a two a day, and i'm just gonna be working at home, i will own up to not showing and just switching clothes. is that bad?? haha.

    way to bust it out at the gym, i agree that running outside can be worlds more interesting but over the years i've been pretty good at forcing my brain to just suck it up and deal with the treadmill. get me some TV action and i'm good to roll.

    okay, i've gone on tangents about the running in jeans thing too! can u not say chaffage?!?!

  4. For whatever reason, the treadmill is difficult for me. I like the feel of the elliptical and cross ramp better. Plus, if I am going to be inside, I may as well do low impact.

    I will not judge you though. We all make questionable choices during training ;)