what’s that gymbo?

This morning I joined a gym.

I’ve used gyms sporadically in the past. I had a gym membership when I first stopped doing tae kwon do and playing hockey a few years before I had Sprout, but I was never really motivated to go, I was young and single so I had plenty of opportunity to get moving. The reality of a gym membership then wasn’t as awesome as the idea had been. Really, I think I just wanted a bum like Britney Spears had at the time. That was before I learned about photoshop!

When Sprout was a little toddler I joined a pool with a gym. My sister was a member too, and we’d put Sprout and her slightly older cousin in the creche together until Sprout got used it to. It was great. I loved the chance to get my heart rate up, to do some aerobic exercise, and even more than that I loved being able to do it without Sprout attached to me. I loved the “me time” it offered.

Now that Moe is older, and has had experience at a creche while I did art journaling classes last year, I’m ready to join a gym again.

I had tried walking with the sprogs in the pram, but they don’t like being stuck in there and the weather here is so unpredictable I don’t know whether it’ll be raining all week or not. Walking doesn’t get my heart rate up either, which is what I need. I want aerobic exercise to vent some frustration and anger. Parenting in isolation is tough business and I tend to be quick to anger when I get no respite so I like to have an avenue that provides venting opportunities and “me time”. The gym fits the bill perfectly.

I visited yesterday and made an appointment to sign up today. Then last night I called a friend who has a membership at the same gym to ask her opinion of it. She actually didn’t want her membership anymore, since she can’t find time to get along to it, and so I had hers transferred to my name. Fabulous. It’s an older membership so it’s a cheaper membership than they offer now and it expires this May, so I’ll not be locked in to a 12 month membership. We don’t plan to stay here for 12 months, we’re hoping to move to Denmark mid year, so it’d be foolish to have a gym membership in a town 50km away from home. This way I can go along until we move, then let it go. Great!

I have an (un)fitness appraisal this Thursday morning, and I’ll get stuck into it after that. Oh I’m so looking forward to it!

I’ve never done group fitness classes before, I’ve just used machines and circuits. Anyone want to recommend a particular class? I figure I’ll do one or two classes a week and use the machines other times.

I won’t be too ambitious, but given how close it is to my home, I’m aiming for 3-4 sessions of 30-60 minutes each week. I’ll keep y’all posted.

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4 Responses to “what’s that gymbo?”

  1. lily says:

    Oh I have gym envy. I had a gym membership when Abby was in Years 1, 2, and 3. For the last 18 months I even had a personal trainer that I met with once a fortnight. The gym was up the road from our house, I would go straight after school drop off so it was nice and quite and I did a 1 hour session 3 times a week, often followed by a swim to cool down. I started on the cross trainer or bike to get my heart rate going and then moved onto circuit work. I lost 18 kilos and was the fittest and strongest I have ever been in my life. Then I went back to work full time and phht! Out the window with time for gym and all the kilos piled back on and all my muscles disappeared. Now we are so broke it isn’t even an option. 🙁 However! Good for you! I think it is a fantastic thing to do – incredibly good for our minds and bodies. I tried a few of the classes – they were just too intense for me, packed in with all those other people. I liked working on my own 🙂 I loved standing on the wobble ball, throwing a medicine ball against the wall and catching it and doing a squat in between each throw and catch. I felt like I could conquer the world :-0 Good luck!

  2. bek says:

    Have fun at the gym 😀 Those hardcore physical activities are great, I’ve started up kung fu again 🙂

  3. Cindy says:

    So glad it’s going to good use! The only class I really liked was Body Balance, but try and see what you like!

  4. cass says:

    I really love running but it hasn’t been possible time-wise with little ones. The gym option is easier for trying to fit more into a shorter time period so I’m going to join a gym close to whichever school Harriet ends up deciding upon and going there whilst Ted is at preschool. Am SO excited about returning to form so to speak. I love feeling fit.


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