the times (well, the gym) are changing

As you may or may not know, we moved to a different city in May. The first 6 or so weeks, we were busy every weekend and did not prioritize going to the gym.* And then we were lazy. Three weeks ago was the first time my partner went to the gym, and yeah. We’re going to switch. The old gym (in old town) had a pool and relaxation area, which is why I thought it was fine to pay the fee we did every month. This new one does not, and it’s tiny, and they barely have any machines.

But next to my work (I’m not joking, it’s like 150 metres) there’s a gym. It’s pretty busy from what I’ve seen, but it’s new(ish) with up-to-date equipment and friendly staff. And a lower monthly fee than we used to pay, even with a “family discount”.

Yesterday I had an “intake” chat with one of the trainers. I could do a rant here, but I’ll cut it short and just say that after I insisted that I want to get stronger(!) and hence preferably not do 2 sets of 20 reps, he adjusted the plan for me to be 3 sets of each 8 reps, and 6 different machines. I know, I know, machines, but hear me out. The plan is 6 weeks with the machines to build some starting strength, then to move on to free weights (note: he said this, not I). I’m fine with it. Means I have time to get my socially anxious self used to the gym, and less intimidated by the machine-hogging males.

And the machines are super techy and keep track of your program (through a smart key) and how much weight and reps you should do. Once finished, it tells you the next machine you should go to according to your plan. I like it (yeah, yeah, after 1 time).

We shall see how it goes!

*I would like to point out that I was right though. I had already told my partner that I don’t like the location “our” gym has in this city. He is a man of rational thought and convinced me we should at least try it out.

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3 thoughts on “the times (well, the gym) are changing

  1. I do confess I was kinda skeptical about the machines but damn! That sounds pretty clever. Will you even want to switch to free weights where you need to do your own tracking after that??

    Also go you for pushing on stronger! Who wants to do 20 reps anything unless absolutely necessary..

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    1. The machine also counts down your rest time between sets!! Haha, I think so, still looks cooler 😉

      Yeah, I know right. I’m sure there’s a gender issue at hand too, cause dutchie was not put through the same discussion…

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      1. Sweet!

        Well yes, and there is nothing quite like deadlifting. I swear it’s addictive.

        Yea, they’re probably on autopilot, thinking all women who go to the gym want to do about a zillion reps to “not get bulky”. As if it’s easy 😛

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