First Personal Training Session

Dear Erin,

Actually, it WASN’T my first personal training session. We will start next week. It was a session to set up my “settings” on the fancy Milon Training Circuit that my gym has in addition to their free weights and nautilus machines. It’s 17.5 minutes, and there are several weight training machines, plus four minutes on a stationary bike, and 4 minutes on an elliptical machine.  All of the machines are set up with back support in just the right spot, so its a perfect way for me to get in a little weight training along with my cardio, safely.  The cost of the circuit is included in my gym membership, although I did have to pay a one time fee for the “smartcard” that records how the machines should set your height and weight levels for each item. It also records your workouts so you can track your progress over time (or your trainer can stalk you and see if you’ve been doing it). Overall, I really like the trainer, and we set up a regular appointment for Wednesday evenings, so now I will have to work out before I can go have my regular wednesday night playdate with my friends.  A perfect reward.

Lets take a minute away from the gym and talk about before pictures.  Someone told me that if I am going to start going to the gym all the time, I should really take a couple of before pictures. Sister, I am here to tell you, every picture of me taken in the last 6-8 years is a BEFORE picture. Even the really flattering ones. Even the ones I really like.  Here’s one of me spinning (A good friend took it, and I really do like it):

No, not THAT spinning. If I had done a lot of THAT spinning, I wouldn’t be needing a personal trainer at the gym. I look perfectly presentable, I am out in public, interacting with strangers, demonstrating how to do something I actually really enjoy, and I’m fine with public speaking. But lets get a closeup on that face:

Girl, seriously, I love me, but its a BEFORE picture.

Speaking of spinning, the kind that DOESN’T result in making yarn, riding the stationary bike at the gym today made me resolve to get my actual bicycle out of the garage this week and fill up the tires and ride it around the neighborhood like I did when I was a kid. Because that was FUN!

Wanna know what else I did tonight? After the trainer was done with me, since I was at the gym anyway, I walked another 40 minutes on the treadmill. Pretty fast.

And Murph and I went for a walk before work this morning, so I am pretty exercised out.

I leave you with this – Sarah’s Gym Tip of the Day: Right Said Fred and Aqua should probably NOT be right next to each other on your workout playlist.

~S

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Bonus Post

Dear Erin,

Here is a bonus post for you today.
I received my recently ordered my new/old Kid Rock CD (thank you amazon.com for having so many used CD’s for $1).
When I opened it up to add it to my computer, and put it on the gym playlist, I saw this:

Thanks Kid Rock. Thanks Amazon. Cause that’s just how I was feeling today.
And now I can go to the gym after work, and rock it in STYLE!

~S

About That Playlist

Dear Erin,

What am I listening to at the gym?

First, let me freely admit that I am a teeny-bit tired of my playlist. It has been my go to for exercise for a while, and will likely be updating it soon. But when I do, I’ll let you know that too. My gym attitude is that tv is boring, books are boring, magazines are boring, but the RIGHT music gets me all fired-up and motivated. Right now at the gym, I am rocking out to:

  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • C&C Music Factory
  • Sean Paul
  • Pink
  • Outkast
  • Len
  • The Bloodhound Gang
  • Right Said Fred
  • Aqua
  • Spice Girls

I TOLD you I’ve been using the same mix for a while. This week I will definitely be using some of your inspiration, and throw some Eminem onto that playlist, along with downloading some Mumford and Sons. Which I have been meaning to do for like a year – since you called me up saying how awesome they were. I will also be exploring some new (old) music choices for download – maybe some Kid Rock and Carrie Underwood.  Its either that or go buy one of those mid-nineties compilations – Jock Jams! – I have to admit that now I bothered found the link for it on amazon, I kind of want those Jock Jams.

I think my musical taste has three basic categories I gravitate towards: late eighties, early to mid nineties, and local/live stuff. Must. Broaden. Horizons. More workout song suggestions welcomed!

~S

PS Photo shamelessly stolen from Amazon. Sorry Amazon, if you want me to take it down, just let me know.