Archive | February 2015

Early Morning Workout

As usual I woke up early, so I grabbed my cup of coffee while I checked facebook…my normal routine. But soon afterwards I decided to head out to the gym. I arrived there about 4:35am and was slightly surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot. Guess I ain’t the only early bird around here.

I started out on the treadmill. There were about 10 other people in the room on treadmills & elliptical bikes. They televisions were on so we could watch either the morning news or music videos. I was more interested in watching some guy upstairs doing stretches by himself.

Anyways I was on the treadmill for 15 minutes before I moved over to the rowing machine for 3 minutes. When I returned to the treadmill for another 15 minutes, I was in front of a mirror that allowed me to see the people behind me. To the left was an skinny old guy that made me think of “father time” complete with the long bushy white beard. Next to him was a younger guy that had enough muscles in his arms & chest to make me think his photo could be on some muscle magazine. Well watching that odd twosome was still better then anything on television.

Well after my second round of my 15 minute walk on the treadmill, I went over for another 3 minutes on the rowing machine. When i finshed with my cardio I walked around the gym to check out all the brochures & business cards that advertise different health stuff in Vegas. I even picked up something about isogenix for my roommate,  seeing as I know she likes that.

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I joined a gym

My roomie & her teenage daughter had signed up at a gym but they haven’t gone to it yet. They always seem to have some lame excuse for not going. This week I decided to check it out for myself.

There are 6 facilities in Vegas for the Las Vegas Athletic Clubs, with 1 about 10-15 minutes away from home. It’s open 24 hours a day so I can go whenever it’s convenient for me.

To figure out what my starting level is, they had me step on a special body composition scale. Now how does that scale know the difference between fat & muscle? Beats me, but it said I was 43% fat. Hmmm, that’s a bit high…almost 1/2 my body is fat. Wow sounds like stroke city to me.

Got assigned to a trainer that showed me a few different cardio machines. While I was on the treadmill. He said my heart rate was to high for the little effort that I was doing on the machine. There were others near me that were running on treadmills. I wasn’t walking all that fast on it but my heart rate hovered around 129-133 beats per minute.   I refuse to compete or compare with the runners in the club. As long as I keep doing better then I did yesterday and don’t aggravate the arthritis in my knees, then I will consider myself a winner.

Afterwards he demonstrated how to use the rowing machine which I seem to like.

Then we tried out the elliptical bike. Now maybe because I was already tired by then, but my right knee did not like that machine at all. I started breathing as if I had just done a marathon  and was having a hard time keeping up a conversation with the trainer. I quickly shut the machine off & told him that I was done. He asked if I wanted to try the stairmaster machine. Nope, I was done for the day.

I was only in the gym for 30 minutes. That’s not a long time by some people’s standards, but by this couch-potatoes typical way of living, those 30 minutes was a big step. I will go back and concentrate on just the treadmill & rowing machine for the rest of the week. I’m sure the trainer musta thought that he would never see me again.

Sometime after I get more comfortable with being in the gym, I want to check out their classes. They have yoga, belly dancing & a bunch of exercise classes done in a pool. I figure those should be easy on my knees. I have never tried belly dancing and assume that would be fun.

The trainer did ask me a few questions about nutrition and suggested that I learn to carry water with me in the car, so I don’t feel the need to buy soda when I’m out driving around. That will be easy enough to do.