Making Friends With The Gym
So it’s no secret that I’ve been not running for a while now. What started as some tightness in my quad turned it a some major issues. Basically my whole body is outta whack so I’ve been spending some major time (and money) on physical therapy getting me back on track. Lesson learned: As soon as something feels off and still feels off after a few days of rest and foam rolling, GET YOUR ASS TO PHYSICAL THERAPY.
Anyways, as much fun as it was to have some lazy mornings, I knew I had to do something to maintain some level of fitness (and not go crazy). I dusted off my New York Sports Club membership and have been going 4-5 times a week.
Going to the gym used to be super scary and a time waste. I had no idea or plan what I was doing and would bounce around machines and equipment for a hour or so. I was intimidated to go into the weight area because I didn’t know what I was doing and it’s a literal breeding ground for weirdos.
So now I go in with a plan. (Let’s be honest, the key to just about anything is planning) So after I lay out my gym clothes the night before (I’m a weirdo and like to workout as early as possible. I just feel so accomplished when I do this.) I plan what I want to do when I get there so I’m in and out ASAP.
I alternate between spinning and the stairclimber. I LOVE the Peloton app. It has rides that you can stream on demand. I don’t have a Peloton bike at the gym so I just use their app on the spin bikes at the gym. I can’t wait once we move and have space in our apartment to get an actual Peloton bike, but for now this will do. The app is super affordable, $5.99 for a week, $12.99 for a month)
When I don’t spin I use the Stair Master, the old school one that looks like a staircase, not the stair stepper one. I usually do 30 minutes on it and it fucking kills me. When you are doing the Stair Master, be careful of your posture. Don’t slump over and have a death grip on the handle bars. Stay tall and just keep your hands on the railing lightly if you need to at all.
For strength I like to go to toneitup.com and do their daily moves on their site and see what video they suggest. If nothing on there tickles my fancy I’ll look for another video or grab one of their printables off their site. I usually screen shot a few of them and have them on my phone. Another app I use for strength is the Nike Training Club app. The NTC app is cool because it’s free and has tons of good workouts based on what you want to workout and what kind of workout you want to do. I do a lot of their ab workouts. Highly suggest it if you don’t feel like shelling out the $12.99 a month for the Tone It Up app.
Hope this helps you in the gym. Let me know if there are any apps or other workout resources I should check out!