Today I had an appointment with a personal trainer at gym B. He was great! He talked to me about my goals, had me do some exercises to assess my strengths and weaknesses, and showed me how to do a lot of the machines (strength and cardio). Then he left me to do my workout.
The problem (which isn't really a "problem" but more of something I noticed) is that there are SO MANY weight machines in gym B! And for the life of me I cannot see any rhyme or reason to how they are placed. In gym A, you walk in and on one side are free weights and the other side is all strength machines. The strength machines are divided: one side is a circuit with numbers posted on them and the other side is other machines that do the same exercises in different ways plus some that work other muscle groups. The cable machines are in one area as well. The upper body machines are together and the lower body machines are together. I usually do the circuit at gym A and then a few of the other machines. They are easy to find. At gym B, everything is everywhere! There are tons and tons of machines. I could not organize a circuit in my head similar to the one at gym A. So I wandered a lot. I looked at each machine and if it was a muscle group or a move I recognized I did it. I also tried a few new ones and skipped a lot that I did not really 'get.' But I know I got at least as good of a workout as usual. So it turned out okay. If I continue strength training at this gym, I will have to get a routine down in my head of which machines I want to use. I was there for an hour and I was drained when I left. A good kind of drained.
My other thoughts on the two gyms so far:
Gym A has a very large pool with lap lanes and an open area for classes or kids. It has a locker room that is well laid out, with private showers, private dressing stalls, and automated lockers. Towels are provided. Kids can come anytime to swim IF they are on the membership (costs extra).
Gym B has a very small pool with 2 lap lanes. If there is a class going on, you have no room to swim laps. It also has windows all along the side into the rest of the gym so people can stand there and watch you swim. The locker room is clean but not as well designed; the showers are all the way on the other side from the lockers. You also have to bring your own combination lock and towels. Kids can only swim on weekends, but don't have to be on the membership.
Gym A has Arc trainers and ellipticals. Gym B only has ellipticals. I prefer the Arc trainers so far.
Both have classes. Gym A has limited hours and gym B is open 24/7.
I am enjoying this so far and very glad I was able to get these trial periods.
Foodwise, yesterday I made a nice pot of salmon chowder with the leftover salmon from the previous night's dinner. It was made from onions, carrots, one potato, fresh corn sliced off the cob, chicken broth, salt, pepper, dill, garlic, salmon, and milk, and thickened with cornstarch. I also snacked on cold salmon mashed with an ounce of cream cheese, sliced green olives, and green onions. Yummy and did not need crackers! Dinner last night was the rest of the leftover crack slaw. Tonight I am making beans and cornbread for the kids but I think I will have something lower carb. Not sure what yet but I will update on Twitter later.
I am PMSing badly, so I am going to make some tea and relax a bit.
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