This was a surprise for me. Joining a gym was never my thing because I didn’t particularly care for them. Many seemed run down, smelly and required a one-year commitment. Luckily things have come a long way baby, and I found Crunch to be “the New Gym”.
Although not a New Year’s resolution, I took my first step and joined in January. Before starting my blog I did various activities, which kept me in shape. However, for the last two years I’ve sat more than not. This naturally added a few pounds but more importantly, I was feeling more aches and pains and less fit. I went to Pure Barre for a while, which was great, but their hours were not compatible with my schedule. I have a treadmill and a few small weights at home, but going it alone requires discipline that I apparently lack. There always seemed to be a good reason why I never got around to the workout I had planned.
Rowers are great for warm ups
Learning I had gained 10% body fat over the last 2 years pushed me to action. One can be thin but not have enough muscle mass to be optimally healthy. Health goals may change as we age, but I firmly believe everyone can benefit from exercise.
- Feel good
- Maintain an appropriate body fat versus muscle ratio
- Achieve good flexibility
- Maintain an appropriate body weight for my height and frame size
- Continue to eat healthy (my weakness is Godiva chocolate, ice cream and my homemade bread)
- Bikini ready
Before joining a gym ask yourself, is this is for me? Everyone has different goals, body shapes and time to give to the process. Never feel ashamed at where you are in your journey to fitness, or sign up to spend money on something you’re not going to use.
I decided on Crunch after researching the local gym scene. Most gyms have moved from annual to monthly memberships so that removed one of my past objections. I did find that amenities, benefits and hours varied widely. Crunch was clean; smelled good (that’s important); open long hours, offered good amenities and the option to hire a personal trainer.
Meet Erin Derrick
I meet with Erin twice a week and generally hit the gym two additional days on my own. We always start with a warm up and then move to a set of four exercises, repeating each set three times. At the end of my 30-minute workout my muscles are exhausted and I’m a sweaty mess, but it’s so rewarding to finish.
Look Ma no hands
Erin is tough, but we always have fun along the way. If I compared myself to Erin, I’d probably quit. She’s young, beautiful and has a rock hard body, but she is always in my corner. One could not ask for more.
Thanks for stopping by and let us know about your gym experience?