Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rosie and Gym: this week I have become a cliche.

That's right. I've joined a gym. Gone are the days where my exercise consists of raising my cup of tea and taking a great big slurp. Gone are the days where I sat on my butt browsing Twitter while my boyfriend stretches that taught body of his into shape next door. From last Monday, I became a gym user.
There is nothing I hate more than being a cliché. The join the gym in January cliché is one of the worst, usually attributed to New Year's Resolutions that fly out of the window by February, alongside the monthly fee people pay to not sweat in a room with strangers.
I had been thinking about taking classes for some time. In the last 6 months I have gone from running regularly (in preparation for my charity run), to expertly flattening my bottom in chairs in front of the goggle box and computer screen. The fact is: the gym is cheaper to join in the New Year.
So with a goal to exercise at least twice a week for six months (before I head to Germany for the summer), and an excellently negotiated contract with no fixed term, I now have access to a gym, classes, swimming and a relaxation zone (jacuzzi, steam room etc.). I immediately booked onto two weekend classes, went home and ate a pizza.
Well, I need some calories to work off, right?
This is what I learnt from my first class this morning:
  • my 'muffin' top does not look good doing yoga moves.
  • exercise makes you younger - I was asked for identification in the supermarket directly afterwards.
  • I have the flexibility of a steel bar.
  • I have no strength whatsoever. I'm pretty sure you are not meant to shake from exertion in a beginner's class, whilst doing the warm-up.
  • That if I want to book any mid-week classes, I might have to bribe the receptionist.
If all of that wasn't enough, I had to buy a swimsuit today so that I don't bounce 'out' during aqua aerobics tomorrow. Has it really been that long since I have done some proper swimming that I only have precariously small bathers for sun-bathing in? Needless to say, the muffin top, struggled in an all in one too.  I hope to goodness that there are no ex-students likely to be awake at 10am on a Sunday morning and at the local sports centre. For their sake. That's way too early to be scarred for life!
So with no goal other than to be a 'bit fitter' I think I will be able to manage twice a week. I'm downright tenacious when I set my mind to it. We'll all just have to see if it makes any difference to my general quality of life.
Are you a New Year gym bunny? Or a life-long convert? Any fitness wisdom (that still involves me eating cake), would be most welcome. Because, let's face it, I'm pretty clueless!
{p.s. don't forget that the Blog Angels February sign-up goes live on Tuesday, alongside a Resolutions in Motion update!}
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I've linked this post to Brooke's Monday Meet-Up


MissLewis said...

I am stuck with 'at home' exercise. Have been on my stepper thingy (three mins at a time!) and done dips off the side of my bed and sit ups. However, have also eaten chips, wedges, pizza, chocolate and have consumed much wine. Do you think they compensate for each other???

Allie said...

Your gym sounds awesome! I go to a bare-bones gym, but it's cheap and nearby so that's the trade off. I hadn't been there since October, so starting to go again this month felt very cliche, but I guess "healthy" isn't a bad cliche to be.

Breenah said...

I so wish I could join a gym! I've been trying to do exercise videos on Hulu, though. And you'll only be a cliche if you drop out in February!

Kelly Ann said...

Good luck with classes, they can be tricky!

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Rosie said...

Oh definitely. They will cancel each other out!

Theresa Benoit said...

Hi Rosie and thank you for following my blog! I am following you now and look forward to your posts! Congrats to you on signing up at the gym! I am not an expert by any means but if you ever have any questions, you can contact me! I wish you the best of luck and don't give up!! And I love the quote at the beginning of your post-too cute!!! Have a great Sunday!

Cocalores said...

My exercise consists of raising my eyebrows at people who join the gym ;-) Ha ha, just kidding, if my will power was just a teensy bit stronger, I might go myself. I guess it will be a great way of meeting people, too, so I'm sure you'll make the best of it! =)

(And if you ever consider quitting, all of your readers will hunt you down ;-)


Rebecca said...

I loved the title of this post, very witty and now I can't get the theme tune out of my head. There was a time in my life I would do at least 5 gym classes a week, more often than not it would be 7-10, however I moved to London and those days are gone. I would like to start again but the prices here are ridiculous, even the sports centres.
Have fun working out, once you get in to a routine you'll enjoy it!

Kyoti said...

Following from the Social Sunday blog hop.

Stephanie said...

I went to the gym this morning. Ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes came home slammed a Pepsi and ate cookies!
That's how I roll!

hibiscuschica said...

hahaha, I used to be that receptionist! AND that Bodybalance( yoga) teacher as well! I can tell ya that that bribing will get you anywhere may I suggest candy or home made cake to get through those late night shifts ;-))

Shannon said...

I can never stick to the gym, so I look for pay as you go class options. I have been going to Zumba twice a week for the past year, and am starting to do the same with hot yoga now! Have fun!

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