Posts Tagged ‘Gym’

15-Sep-2014 Gym & Sydney?

Monday 15 September 2014 Leave a comment

I took the car into be repaired this morning in Caringbah then went to work. Afterwards I went to the gym for 2 classes H.I.I.T. and a hardcore core workout. Then the steam room and the sauna. I was well stuffed afterwards. I had bought a good juice and tried to find somewhere to sit down but I came to the conclusion that Sydney actively discourages people to hang out and sit down at night. Once the shops shut they want the streets clear of people and hangers-on. There are no seats anywhere other than a very few areas (like Circular Quay) and even most restaurants don’t have outdoor seats, just indoors. And don’t get me started on why it’s so hard to get a coffee after 4pm! there are a thousand coffee places but only 2% of them are open after 4pm. grrrrr.

I think it’s quite embarrassing for visitors.

I quite like reading inspirational quotes, despite what this webpage says !

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7-Aug-2014 Gym

Thursday 7 August 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday and again today I went to the gym in the city for the first time since last December. Luckily if you logon online you can pause your membership and restart at will, saving all the wasted money. In the meantime I have done boot camp a few times, got injured a few times, ran a lot and went away to on holiday.

Consequently I only made one class each visit, HIIT – High Intensity Interval something. basically a mega-circuit. I really enjoy it, but knew coming from a low base not to hit it too hard else I could get injured. Afterwards I went in the steam room for as long as I could bare (10mins?) then the sauna for a similar time.

I left feeling well knackered.

A juice from pressed juices was the perfect refresher afterwards.

Both times I made the 6pm class so have to leave work approx 5.45pm. Didn’t get home till approx 8.45pm which is getting on, making it a long day.



5-May-2014 Gym Grief

Monday 5 May 2014 Leave a comment

I have never really been a big fan of gyms, not because they have done anything wrong but because for years and years I just ran and ran and ran and frankly didn’t have time for anything else. I was happy doing that and all was right with the world, but as I have gotten older I have realised that I have strong legs and big lungs but am weak in many other areas and probably not fit all over. Hence why I have bouts of cross fit-like training, and swimming and yoga etc.

Anyway last year I joined Fitness First, probably the biggest chain of gyms in the country. They had re-fit the Pitt St gym in the Sydney CBD to a group-training configuration and it’s a bit of a crossfit-lite. But to be honest it’s pretty darned good. I paid $27 a week, paid in 2 week blocks, on a “flexible” plan. I figured if I went twice a week then it’s about $13.50 a shot which is quite reasonable. However I have had the plan on hold since xmas as I was away for a period of time and doing boot camp (which worked out at $50 a week, so definitely don’t want to double pay!!).

I was about to unfreeze the gym before Easter but had hurt my arm/shoulder which is still very painful. So I went in today to extend my freeze for another couple of weeks, but I have already frozen it the maximum 12 weeks allowed. They really wanted to see a doctor’s certificate but in the end admitted my only other choice was to cancel, which they don’t want to they extended the freeze period for another 2 weeks.

However I will be away all of July so would need another freeze. Ultimately it’s becoming clear that their idea of flexible is not the same as mine (eg you can only freeze in 2 week blocks). I think I will cancel and either look for a more flexible place or do it myself. Paying per session is a good thought, and I would definitely do it at $15 or at a stretch $20, but their casual rate is $28 which is a total joke.