That was the last time I had gone into a gym to use the Nautilus machines - until tonight. Back then I was still a married chap and had a membership at the YMCA in Merrimack.
Having realized with the bicycling to work recently how out of shape I am, and with the boffo price (read: extremely cheap) I paid to join this health club, I figured it'd be a good idea to not waste the money spent and actually GO TO THE GYM
. I even bought a combination padlock a few days ago in preparation for this. Actually, with this corporate membership I get to use the facilities at any one of three health clubs in the area for the next 11+ months.
So of to work I went this morning, gym bag in hand along with all of my other stuff, knowing that I would be going to check one of the clubs out this afternoon.
This club was kind of small and not too many people were there, which was good. No waiting for machines. They've got the standard cardio equipment and Nautilus machines plus a swimming pool and hot tub. After taking the three second tour, I was off to my workout. I asked the attendant about their guest policy, figuring that V and M will be enthusiastic about the indoor pool, which I can take them to on Saturdays, especially with autumn here and old man winter just around the corner.
I had made up a sheet from the Y listing all of the machines on the curcuit with my seat and back positions, weight and reps that I last lifted at. Needless to say I've taken some steps backwards in my self imposed 4+ year gym exile. But tonight wasn't meant for a serious workout, though I did leave there quite out of breath. Rather, tonight's goal was to just GET OUT and EXPLORE the facility and see where I am with the different machines and how to safely use them. When that was done I went to the cardio room and pedaled for two miles on the stationary bike, partly to check it out but honestly for the other part of my motivation for joining in the first place.
What's that, you ask?
Social interaction in a non-work related environment. And more importantly, the potential to meet single, physically fit ladies.
Think I'll be checking out the other club in town on Wednesday?
Ummmm, yeah. Pencil me in.