Raise Your Arms in the Air

Or, if you’re me, don’t. Because you can’t.

Yesterday I hit the gym for my first weight lifting session in ALMOST TWO MONTHS. To be honest, I was a little afraid that my printout (I get computer printouts that tell me what to lift – which machines, what weight, how many sets & reps, etc) was going to kick my ass.

But – apparently construction is good for strength building, because I was able to complete all exercises. It was a tricep heavy workout, so I knew I’d be a little sore after. After my weights & abs, I was going to hop back on the elliptical for another 10 minutes (I usually do 10 minutes of cardio before & after my weights), and then I saw it.

My nemesis.

The rowing machine.

The rowing machine is only my nemesis because I am afraid of it. AND, since this is my month of being a brave, brave gazelle (and since I’d just seen a 195-year-old woman using it) I decided that I would row.

And I did – for ten minutes. And it was good.

And this morning, I could barely wash my hair. (At least I’m brave!) Hopefully I will be able to swim tomorrow!

Recent Comments

  • Alisa
    May 4, 2010 - 1:19 pm ·

    LOL, I’ve never done the rowing marathon b/c it scares me too much.

  • CilleyGirl
    May 5, 2010 - 9:57 am ·

    That computer printout sounds nifty — is that specific to your gym or the equipment?

    • gazelle
      May 5, 2010 - 10:29 am ·

      I LOVE it. It’s the ActivTrax system, and although it’s not specific to MY gym, it is only available at certain gyms. (I love it so much that I could be their spokesperson.) (Also, I just looked, and they do have it at the Sherwood YMCA, but it’s only available at 4 gyms in PDX.)

      You do a baseline test for strength, and then tell the computer your goals, and it tells you what to do! For instance, I am interested in overall strengthening, and want my workout to last about 45 minutes. Every time I go to the gym, I print out that workout – it will do two sessions of triceps, two of biceps, chest, back, quads, hammies, shoulders & start over. After you’re done, you tell the computer how you did, and it generates the next workout – it adjusts the weights based on growing strength, and includes ab workouts each time.