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.