Consider It… Success!

Two personal bests in one trip to the gym.  Not too shabby, considering I lacked all motivation to get there…

5km in 27 min, 40 Seconds.  Obviously not a pace I’d ever be able to maintain in the February half-marathon, but zomg squee!  A first!

And – because, apparently, one PB is not enough – I finally finished a set of leg presses at 180lbs (81kg) and was able to walk comfortably afterwards… It may not be much, but it’s heavier than me!

To think…
I wouldn’t have even made it to the gym if it weren’t for the Tall One.

He’s such a hard arse.  Says it how it is.  Has plenty of self-discipline to workout every morning before work, eat well, and still suggest I put in half as much effort (which can be really, really hard).

Well, there you go hard arse, I’d consider today a success!

Activity Fuels Acitivity

da-mo-520I know there are some days when it feels like you just can’t bring yourself to do anything productive.  I have those days more than I should.

Suck it up and get out there – exercise anyway.
You’ll feel better for it.  And the days will become fewer and further between.

That’s the theory anyway.

What have you done today to fuel more activity?

Shower Panic

ID-10048081Last night I thought I was going to die in the gym showers.  And this morning was about the same… just colder.

You see… Wellington is built on a bucket-load of fault lines, so we’re all just hanging out waaaaaaaaiting for the Big One (earthquake).

Christchurch has had some big ones where people got hurt.  Wellington‘s had a couple, which had a lot of people shaken up (sorry, terrible pun).

My new gym is set up in quite an old building in the middle of town.  It’s had a fair bit of work on it, so it should be relatively safe in an earthquake (well, as safe as it can be), but some of the updates can give you a fright.

One of the things they do to buildings is ensure that floors, etc, can move more freely to prevent cracks and friction from bringing the building down.

So when you get 60 people jumping in time to music with a thumping sub-woofer rattling the walls, the floor moves.  The building shakes.  It feels alive.

If you’re on a treadmill, or squatting like a boss, you don’t feel it so much.
If you’re lathering the shampoo in your hair in the shower it’s scary as all hell.

This morning was similar.  But the hot water ran out.
It’s own kind of horror!

New Gym, New Oomph

Thursday was my first day of my membership at Les Mills.  Sorry, Les Mills Extreme.  Can’t forget the ‘Extreme’, because it’s that awesome.  

Why the move?

I really liked my old gym – over the last couple of years it has been a good, casual fit.  But a combination of the recent bootcamp, and my half-marathon goal, had me realise that I needed to step things up a little. 

Mainly, I’m going to be doing a fair bit of running. 

It’s not particularly safe running my area, alone, in the dark.  So, I needed access to a treadmill after dark.  Sadly, the old gym catered mostly to bored housewives and those working out at lunchtime, so it closes at like… 7pm. 

What else have they got?

Pretty much everything.  No joke.  The usual gym gear.  With a separate cardio theatre, weights room, boxing ring, women’s gym.  A couple of group class studios with purpose-built group training rooms thrown in, too.   Oh, and a hard-out spin room that gets all lit up and crazy.

It’s intense.  Or, Extreme.

When I was last a member, I used the women’s gym and not a lot else.  But now that I have a goal – and know how to use more of the stuff – I’ve been using a lot more. 

Love it!

And, to keep motivation levels high they’re got a promotion – if I visit the gym 18 times before the end of the month, I’ll go in to the draw for $1,000 of gym gear. 

And – even if I don’t reach 18 – there are bonus goodies to be earned along the way.

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4 down, 14 to go.  Whoo, yeah!

Amy’s getting some more oomph.