Back to the gym

My wife and I have been talking for a while about picking up a gym membership again. I know I could benefit from some swimming and a bit of strength training, and my wife has various goals of her own. We spent some time looking around, and although I’d love to be a member at Lifetime Fitness again, it’s simply not financially prudent. Believe me, I LOVE their facilities and their towel service. But when it costs 2x the cost of other gyms, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Sunday we opted to start out the year with a membership at LA Fitness. My wife had visited them at a different location last week, and got to encounter one of the douchiest sales people ever. Word to the wise people, if someone tells you they’re a certified personal trainer, don’t try to use scripted sales pitches to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Because, if you do, you just sound like an ass.

After her bad experience last week we decided to visit a different location closer to our house and we walked in and got to meet an awesome sales guy who was open to just getting down to business and not trying to dick us around. We bought our dual membership and got a tour of the club and left incredibly happy. Everything else about the club is really top notch, I just wish they’d drop the hard sell tactics.

Sunday afternoon we headed back and I did my first pool swim in a long time. I used my Garmin 735XT to track my swim and it did an OK job. You program in the length of the pool and then it tracks when you change directions. You need to make sure you pause it though if you’re doing anything at the edge of the pool. I was messing with my goggles and it decided I had gone an additional 25yds. I also need to read up a bit on the lap feature as it confused me when I pressed it, and seemed to put it into a “rest” mode.

According to my watch I managed 400yds, but I’m thinking it might have been 350 with the snafus. Overall, not a bad way to start back in the pool. I’m going to try to commit to swimming at least once per week. Biking over the summer last year was amazing cross training for me. I need to keep up with other stuff during the winter as well. Since we don’t have the best XC ski winter going yet, hitting the pool is probably the next best thing.

Next up, I need to get my wife to put together a strength program for me to work on my upper body with.

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