Joined a gym! What?! I hate gyms!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
The unthinkable has happened. For many years, I have been down on gyms. It's not that I really hate them, but I've felt that they're not really necessary. Working out in the outdoors is so much more rewarding for me personally. I've been known to laugh at all the sad gym monkeys inside the condensation-covered windows staring at their screens while they "push" themselves. Meanwhile, I'm doing deadlifts with my 45 lb. bar and plates out in my driveway, then going for a trail run by the Yellow River. Is there really any other way to do this? Well, not for me!
So what made me join a gym today? This ding-dang-arang foot injury that has squashed my outdoor workout groove. It seems to be a really severe case of plantar fascitiis (which I've had before 15 years ago) with a probable heel spur back by my achilles. I had an acute injury incident while running in August and it hasn't been good since. I haven't even tried running in 5 months, biking works okay (it feels sore afterward), and now walking and hiking are also not options. The pain following formerly fun cardio activities is nasty and I end up limping around the house.
So this injury has driven me to the pool, swimming works, doesn't hurt, and burns calories. That means it is something I have to do, even in January! And I had this thought a couple weeks ago that maybe rowing would work. It isn't weight-bearing and it burns calories too. So I went to a gym near me to try it out for a few days. They would only let me have a one-day pass to try the one rowing machine. It didn't hurt my foot, but I really didn't like being back at the gym very much. It's a small gym, and the single rowing machine was positioned between treadmills and upright stationary bikes. This made me feel strange and inferior because everything around me towered over me.
I decided to go try out a few more rowing days on a 3-day pass to LA Fitness that opened up near me. I walked into this new gym and was instantly frustrated because I really liked it. Really, really. But I knew that I couldn't afford to join, or justify the cost, and I was sure that the whole membership thing would be a big hassle. But I couldn't help be jealous of the stream of people coming in scanning their member card and going to workout whenever they wanted. I rowed, and the machines were much nicer and had better placement. I discovered the spinning studio and busted out a fast and furious 15 minutes. I tried the elliptical, and then hit the machines. Gah! It was so nice to have all that nice shiny weight equipment at my disposal. Oh and the sauna, and jacuzzi, and pool to swim in. Holy calorie burnin' batman, this place rocks!
So I show up today for my last day and find out they're waiving the sign up fee, it's $29/mos. No fees for cancelling or freezing your acct. I couldn't believe I was considering it after all my gym trash talk. I am really flipping excited to report that I am a gym member. I hope this gets me some quality calorie burnin' and allows me to lose weight so I can make my foot feel better.