Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Change stations....now!

In an effort to fight the flab, I have joined the local "Curves" gym. I'm not sure it will be enough, considering our recent purchase of a barbecue, but at least I'm trying.
The worst moment at the gym, so far, was the first day. A tall willow thin creature named Lindsay measured and weighed me. Then she did the workout with me, demonstrating how each machine worked, and watching me so she could see just how uncoordinated I truly am. I'm not so bad on the machines, but on the in between stations, the "recovery" stations, I suck. I'm supposed to do whatever I want, as long as I keep moving. Jog, dance, use the hula hoop (HA!) do aerobics, whatever. Ummm, can I just stand there and look like a hippo? No? I jog in place. After the first day I went and bought an industrial strength sports bra, so no one else gets hurt.
The idea is that you move to a new thing every 30 seconds. This is really good, because even I can make it through 30 seconds without getting bored. The bad part is, it can take me 27 seconds to get situated on the machine, find the rhythm of the pounding music, and start moving. Then the woman on the stereo chirps "Change stations....now!". Just when I get the hang of it, she changes her tune (every 7 minutes) and says "Step away from your stations, and find your heartbeat. Prepare to count your heart rate for 10 seconds, starting...now!" I've given up finding and counting my heart rate. I just pretend. I know my heart is still in there, and since I'm not puking, I assume I am not working too hard. And off I go for another 7 minutes of looking like an idiot.
In a few weeks, I get to strip down and let Lindsay weigh and measure me again. Then she will post my results on the wall for all to see, or if, god forbid, I don't show any improvement, she will sit down with me for a "serious consultation". I think it's the fear of the "serious consultation" with a stick girl that keeps me going. Wish me luck.

8 comments:

sky said...

good luck at Curves...I can't take the pounding of the music, but several friends have had results from going to a Curves.

Rootietoot said...

why can't fat women work at Curves? I have the same issues at Ladies Workout Express. There's this sort of half rubber ball we're supposed balance on between machines. I can't balance on the floor, let alone a convex rubber thing. You'll get the hang of it.

graceful said...

I've been thinking about joining our local "C". It's a mile from our house (convenient). The time spent each day is minimal so I can do it after I drop the kids off at school. Let us know if you're liking it by the end of next week. That'll REALLY help me with my decision....

Mary P. said...

Hey! I go to a Curves, too. This summer, I go with my two daughters. (Company, good modelling, and female bonding all at once.) It won't take too long before you don't have to think about the motions. Promise.

The workout is good if you work hard, otherwise it won't do much. A good number of the women at my gym seem to adhere to the "sweat is icky" school of working out...

All women is fun. One day we had a chat as we all huffed and puffed about the "inner-outer thigh machine, commonly known in our gym as the "gynie machine". LOL

Someone, upon being told that a certain machine was called a "pec deck" squawked in surprise. "A 'pec dick'???" Snort.

Our gym has a bunch of staff, ranging from fat to average. There is not ONE stick-woman among them. One is 5 foot 6 and 200 pounds. Definitely NOT a stick-woman. But fit? Yes, indeed.

You'll get a print-out of your stats each month, too, which is cool to have. It lists weight, yes, but also inches and body fat percentage. So some months, even if your weight doesn't change, you can say, "Yeah, but my body fat dropped half a percentage!!"

Ya takes what ya gets. :-)

Beth said...

Good for you joining a gym!!! Best thing I ever did. I've been going to Fitness World since 1988. We have Curves here, but I can't leave FW ......I got the deal of the year there. I signed up when they were still allowed to offer lifetime memberships - pay $9.63 per month for life!! Sometimes it'll be weeks that I don't go - but I still keep up the membership. We have the same Super Circuit idea there - but without the annoying voice telling us when to move on - ours is done with lights - which I now ignore. I just do my weight routine - I already get my aerobic workout by power walking the 2 miles to and from the facility. The ever changing, gorgeous stick figures have learned to pretty much ignore me and let me do my own thing.
Just remember - studies have shown that it takes at least 3 weeks of doing something consistantly before it becomes a habit instead of a chore. You need to stick with it!! And if it's any comfort - I've never been able to take my own heartbeat ........hell I'm just grateful it's still beating!!

Carmi said...

I admire your courage in doing this.

All I know how to do is ride a bike, run fast, and swim like hell. Gyms have always been somewhat alien to me...

TC said...

Good for you! My best friend joined curves and she has had some amazing results.

KaY said...

Goodness! I need to join a gym as well but I'm not sure I'll make it. Just doing 8 minutes of tae bo has me wheezing.