Know When To Fold ‘Em
How do you know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em with any fitness habit? When it stops working that’s when.
About 4 years ago I found a gym. It wasn’t a traditional gym, it was/is a training facility for High School and Collegiate athletes that also offered crossfit style training for adults. I found the non-gym idea attractive. This was before our town had 7 or 10 Crossfit Boxes, there was only 1 at the time and it was brand spankin new. The first couple of years was really good for me. We had a great trainer who had an ambition to be a college athletic trainer. He pushed us hard and made sure we did the work. Then he got a shot to move his career toward his goal and things started to change. But I’m a creature of habit so as the revolving door of good and bad trainers started to put me on a fitness roller coaster, I stuck it out. Lately it’s been more bad than good. The fitness classes have never been top a priority for the facility, but I started to wonder if the priority had fallen to somewhere on the list under cleaning the bathrooms. We went through a string of “trainers” who didn’t show up on time, or at all. One liked to watch ESPN while we worked out. “BUT” I argued, “It’s CHEAP, and my friends are there and it’s so close to home and the workouts are okay, I just have to push myself and not rely on a trainer!” Yeah. No. I give. This isn’t working.
A couple of weeks ago I visited a chain gym. I almost gagged at the thought of walls of treadmills and recumbent bikes but I was intrigued by their list of classes. Every morning there are Crossfit and Spin classes; and there are Bootcamp style classes and a Cardio Sculpt class on alternating days. Okay so there is also the wall of treadmills and bikes and a huge free weight room that I might use at some point on my own. I’ve been 3x so far. One Crossfit, One Bootcamp, One Spin. I feel like there is another George Thorogood and the Destroyers song in there. So far so good. I’ve enjoyed all of the classes and haven’t left feeling the need to get “another one” in later in the day. Maybe this isn’t so bad.