My first trip to the gym… ever

On Monday I went out for a run after work and realised that the light was no longer in my favour. The local park that I normally run around is divided into three sections – a main park where football is also played and then two extensions. The main park is really well lit (probably because of the football) but the two extensions are not and as I was about to head into one of them on Monday I just didn’t feel safe and so I was stuck lapping the main park. I also managed to strain one of my calf muscles. And then it started to rain. It was not the greatest run in the world.

The light in the evening is only going to get worse when the clocks go back (or is it forward… I really don’t understand daylight savings) next weekend. While I love a morning run, I’ve been working out with my friend Dawn recently and she can’t really do mornings so it was time to look for an alternative that would work for both of us. And also with the dodgy calf it would be good to be able to do some exercise that isn’t running for a bit.

Enter the gym! We have a Pure Gym nearby, which only costs £25 per month and has no contracts so it seemed ideal for a first foray into indoor workouts. I have to admit that my first visit was pretty daunting and I was very relieved that Paul came with me and pointed out a few bits and stopped me from making a tit of myself.  As I soon as I realised that no one was particularly interested in what I was doing I became a lot less self-conscious and started to enjoy doing some different exercise. I tried out some machines and realised that I liked the stepping machine and the bike but the cross trainer feels a little too unnatural. In the end I managed a seriously sweaty but really fun half hour workout.

And I was back the next day.

Next week I might even sign up for some classes, possibly with Dawn in tow. Wish me luck!

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16 Comments

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! I have signed up for a Zumba class next week. Let’s hope I don’t trip over my own feet and don’t fall on any classmates! Lol!

  1. That’s great news! At least you’ll be safer, rather than running around in the dark. I used to go to an all women’s gym, which was brilliant for me as I was so insecure at that time. I loved the rowing machine, I’d love one in the house! 😀

    1. Abbi

      I can definitely still run in the morning but evening runs are out and sometimes I feel like exercising but not running. My husband is a massive rowing machine fan. I haven’t quite gotten the guts together to get on it yet though. It looks scary! Lol!

      1. I know what you mean, thinking back it did seem intimidating when I first went. I’ve not tried zumba yet, it looks scary!

        1. Abbi

          I have no coordination so I am probably going to kick another participant or fall over but I have heard such good things that I figure I have to try it.

          1. Oh no! I hope it all goes ok and drama free! 😀

  2. Awesome! Keep it up 😉

    1. Abbi

      I was back today. Have discovered how fun the rowing machine is!

  3. GREAT JOB! The first step is just GOING. I kind of miss the gym but not really. Hubby and I had memberships for about a year and then cancelled. I have found that I don’t have the willpower to go regularly and he hated it. I am just very lazy.

    1. Abbi

      I still have moments on most days where I almost talk myself out of working out and then I think about Embarrassing a Fat Bodies, which is the show that got me off the couch and suddenly I have no more willpower problems. I would definitely recommend it as a motivator. I am definitely fortunate that my husband also enjoys the gym. We spur each other on.

  4. Good job. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    1. Abbi

      Just did a 45 min workout. Major jelly legs. Lol!

  5. This is a problem I am facing. I have a Pure Gym really close to me but it’s the worst one in Edinburgh (really small, no separate rooms for classes so they are done right in front of everyone), which puts me off. I have a Holiday Inn with a gym right next to my work but I don’t know if I can justify the fees…

    1. Abbi

      That’s a tough one. Our Pure Gym is really big so the classes are on the separate floor from the weights and machines and then there is a other floor for the Spinning studio. I don’t think I’d want to be sweating it up in a class with all the muscle heads watching. I think if you are going to go regularly then it will be worth it but if you’re not so sure then maybe think about just doing classes at a studio?

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