Well, you knew this was coming. I broke up with gym.
Sad, I know, since I do love the gym, but the fact is, we’ve been on the rocks for the last month.
The decision was mostly financial. I mean, because I teach three times a week, I could really only go to the gym twice a week. At that rate, it was costing me about $12 per cardio session. Plus gas. Umm…no.
The other problem was I don’t have time to go to the gym anymore. It’s a 12-minute drive…so 30 minutes round-trip. That’s fine if I’m already out and about, but since I’m fully working from home now, I just don’t feel like adding 30 minutes (plus 15 for the locker room time) to an already busy day. I might have time for a nice workout, but I don’t have time for a drive across town and back.
Then the Core Fusion Challenge made me fall in love with working out at home. I realized how much I liked not having to leave the house and how laid-back it felt, and I decided it was time to make the switch. I started researching equipment and was thinking about the $470 Spinner brand bike. That’s a lot of change, but I knew it would pay itself off by summer in what I was saving on gym costs. On Sunday, we did some rearranging in my office area. I made the corner near my desk a sort of “Vision Corner.” I found some old pictures I used to have in my room and put them up, and I made a mini-version of my Vision Board, since the original is in my bedroom.
The room looks fantastic now, HGTV-style. But it’s huge — it was seriously ready for my new equipment.
Then on Wednesday, without much discussion, I just broke up with the gym! I felt sort of sad about it, but hey…not all relationships are meant to last. Then, like when you realize after a break-up, “Um, if I want to get laid anytime soon I better get my ass looking good on on Facebook,” I realized, “Oh, shit, if I want to do cardio any time soon, I better buy my new bike!”
So to Amazon I went, where I headed to the Spinner bike. But right before I bought it, I saw the “similar products.” And I saw the Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike for $300. I realized that — DUH! — just like the richest guy in the room can be the biggest d-bag, a lot of gyms don’t use Spinner brand and I’ve always been fine on other bikes. I didn’t need to spend an extra $200 for the brand name. I read the reviews on Amazon and Overstock and they were all good; the fact that some were from instructors or experienced spin people sold me on it. Put it in my cart, got $4 overnight shipping with Amazon Prime (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Prime — they keep giving me more free trials and it’s sweet), and was ready for my first date!
Thursday morning, the FedEx man brought it. The poor guy lugged it up the driveway and then we maneuvered it down the stairs together.
I knew I wouldn’t have time to put it together right away, but I had to break open the box!
It was in several big pieces and didn’t look terribly hard to put together. Later last night, my mom and I got to it. There was one part of the directions that was just poorly designed/worded that really confused me, but it was the kind of thing you had to just use common sense to figure out. It ended up taking about an hour to put together and really wasn’t too painful! (That’s also because I cranked good tunes and just went with it when I felt like dancing.)
Do you believe in love at first sight?
We be ridin’ dirty…
I am just so excited! I can watch TV, I can turn up my laptop and not worry about headphones, I can do a 20 minute workout without feeling guilty because I drove all the way across town…and on busy days, still do a nice 30 minute workout without having to add another 30 for the commute!
Sadly, I can’t give a full review of the bike yet because, um, while that’s my new relationship, I’m also having a fling with my old flame the kettlebell. And, like any hook-up with an ex, it hurts. A lot.
I bought a GoFit kettlebell last year and got into it for little while, but didn’t stick with it. It was time to give it another try. However, my bell had disappeared in the move! The original kettlebell and the DVD (which I downloaded to my computer) is from GoFit.net. The new one was a Danskin from Wal-mart, which I just got in the interest in saving time and starting ASAP. It also came with a DVD, but if you are interested in getting a kettlebell, I definitely recommend GoFit. Sarah Lurie is in their DVDs, and she’s sort of the kettlebell chick. She has an amazing body too — so healthy and toned — so when she says do 20 squats, I do them. (And then later regret them because I can’t walk up the stairs.) The DVD I do is a 45-minute circuit and it’s very efficient; you could also shorten the routine and do 20 or 30 minutes.
If you have always wanted to try the kettlebell at your gym or just want to buy the bell and not a DVD, check out this workout from Women’s Health Magazine for some classic moves. Number two, the swing, is definitely the reason I can’t walk today. But I really like balancing the stillness and small movements of Core Fusion with the dynamic movement of the kettlebell routine. Just one more thing in the effort to get my backside to look like a reindeer.
I’m going to spin this afternoon to loosen up, but oh my. These new relationships are working me!
But I’m loving my new space! Considering I spend about 90 percent of my time in this room, I’m excited to have gone from just a desk to a full office/library/gym/hotel/discotheque in the past week. And there’s a Happy Lamp! Now all that’s missing is the suspension trainer…I’m still waiting on that to make me its dirty little mistress.