I have a moderately nice gym on the first floor of my apartment building. It’s nothing fancy, just a small room with basic equipment, mirrors, and a TV. It’s also free. As someone who is constantly trying to find ways to reduce costs, and also debating signing up for a yoga class to be more fit, WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME?
Ugh. Okay, here I go. I’ve committed today to go down for at least 30 min and do something. No time like the present, right?
Min 0-2: Some stretches
Allllllright, let’s do this. Damn, there’s someone on the treadmill. I don’t want to exercise right next to him, he’s the only other person in here. Hmm. Okay, why don’t I go to the side here where the mat is and warm up a bit. That sounds nice.
The first step is music. I’m just going to hit play on whatever I was last listening to on Spotify. Perfect. A little toe-touching…hmm, this is harder than it used to be. Switching over to some downward dog and whatever that other position is. This is nice because I’m basically just chilling on the ground, stretching out my back.
Min 2-13: The treadmill that isn’t actually a treadmill
The thing that isn’t a treadmill but pretends to be. It’s got free moving foot thingys that swing back and forth. You can’t really run on them, which I think adds to the workout. Maybe. I feel super silly on it, so I hope at least that I’m getting a good workout from it.
The best part of this machine is that it reads you the calories burned. I like that after 10 minutes, I’ve burned 101 calories. It would only take me 3 seconds to put that back in my body, but that’s beside the point.
Min 13-30: The real treadmill
FINALLY. Dude is gone, time for me to run it up. I haven’t done any running in two months, since I attempted a 5K. I say attempted because I really only ran the first mile, and the rest was a weird walk/jog action. Except now I really need to get into shape, because I’m signed up for a 10K in September. If I can run it in under 75 minutes, Ian will shave his beard. he hasn’t been clean-shaven since 16; this is a big deal to me.
Walk for 2 minutes. Trying to ease into this. Now I’m going to run for 2 minutes. Okay, maybe it was a minute and change. Rinse and repeat. I’m watching the time on the cable box of the mounted wall TV instead of the time readout on the treadmill display because counting seconds makes time feel slower.
13:49 for a mile. About where I expected. At this rate, it’d take me 86 minutes to finish the 10K, and that’s assuming I don’t slow down after the first mile. Fuck. There’s a 90-minute time limit to the race. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
Okay, taking a couple minutes to slow down. I am so sweaty right now.
Min 30-34: Free weights
Woo! Made it to 30 minutes. I’m feeling good, let’s keep this going! Time for some weights. Because I’m a wimp, let’s grab these 5-pounders. I know from experience that these will turn my arms into limp noodles if I work them out right.
Up, down, up, down, hold… dammit, I’m tired again. There goes all my energy. Three sets and I’m outie.
I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to self-directed workouts at the gym, which is why I’m considering shelling out money to sign up for yoga or something similar. I’m working on using the free gym regularly, but clearly this is still a work in progress.
Have you ever been unable (or unwilling) to take advantage of a free resources like an in-building gym?