Stinky smelly gyms

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Gyms are stinky smelly places. I don’t really enjoy going to them, I prefer to be outside. If given the choice between running outside in freezing temps or going to a gym I pick freezing outside. I went to Louisville and saw my friend Dana. She invited me to her gym for a workout. Though I don’t like gyms I am up for most anything, including trying a gym.

When we walked in the gym, I noticed it smelled like every other gym. I suspect someone bottles the scent and makes sure it is used in every gym to make them all have that familiar smell. I got over the small and we moved on to our Friday morning leg workout.

Dana and I met in Queens College a few years ago. In those days Dana was the anti-workout type. Since we parted ways, Dana has transformed into a fitness buff. When I say buff, I mean buff. Since I don’t do much with weights, it was a bit intimidating hitting the gym with her.

Travis, Dana’s trainer, greeted us and got us started with leg extensions, followed with squats in the smith machine. Though I do squats when I workout, I had to really focus on form. Keeping good form with weight is not an easy feat. Dana was really impressive to watch. While Travis added weight to my bar, he really added the weight to Dana’s. And while she may have been struggling inside, it never showed.

We finished squats and moved to lunges. And what makes lunges more fun than adding a ramp. But wait there’s more, let’s add weights to the mix and see how that goes. After a few sets of lunges it was time for wall sits. I kept smiling even though inside it hurt. And I kept smiling as my legs quit working.

Though my legs were jello, we had one more thing to do. More leg extensions! I was sore for the next few days, but it was a fantastic workout. I still think the gym is a smelly place, but I had a great time. Thanks Travis and Dana!

Working out on Vacation

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During our two-week family vacation, we traveled to Durango, CO. During our trip we needed to portion our time in a way to we could spend time with family and sight see. This meant not dedicating the time we wanted to our normal running and workout schedule. We found a way to keep active by choosing activities that enhanced our vacation and family time while allowing us to get a work out.

 

Durango is filled with lots of outdoor sports. We took full advantage of this. On our trip we discovered rock climbing, rappelling, and water rafting. Each one of these sports gave us the chance to try something new yet still get in a good workout. The best part is the sports we chose targeted body parts we don’t normally use in our regular workout routines.

Rock climbing is a great total body workout. We had to make a short hike which gave us a short cardio workout. We did a half-day of climbing that is geared to all fitness levels. We quickly discovered climbing works legs, arms, and core.

Our day on the Lower Animus River was another great opportunity for fitness. We opted to use the inflatable kayaks. This gave us the freedom to navigate the river in a way the raft didn’t. Kayaking is another great upper body and core workout.

We finished our trip with rappelling at Cascade Canyon. While rappelling itself isn’t much of a workout, what goes down 150 ft must come back up. After getting down to the bottom of the canyon we made a 20-minute hike back to the top to do it again. Two hikes in elevation is quite a workout.

A vacation is about spending time with family and having fun. It also gives you a great chance to try new things. Have fun and find a way to keep moving on your vacation!