If you watched one of last week’s vlogs you’ll know I was thinking of quitting my gym.
The staff is pretty nice, but some things have been broken since I signed up in December with new things added since then, plus I have been approached by multiple guys, older guys. The young ones have figured out to leave me alone, or at least have some manners. The older ones are always telling me I’m doing my moves wrong. “Let me correct your form.” “I’m impressed, you’re in here every day. Good for you.” Dude, leave me alone, I’m trying to lift. So I haven’t been in about 2 weeks now. It’s not really a gym and I don’t feel comfortable there. I just feel them watching me. No, seriously, they stare, and I’m not being paranoid.
Last week I started doing home workouts. I found this guy on YouTube and his workouts are fantastic. The ones I’ve been doing are HIIT based, and from what I’ve looked at of his strength ones they follow the same formula. I just need more weights than my dinky old 5 pound dumbbells from high school. And I started the 30 day Yoga Camp series from Yoga with Adrienne but I missed the weekend because of work and errands, so I’m 2 days behind but am gonna pick it up again tonight after work. I injured my knee and my hip on a run last Tuesday, which was just a sign that I need to do more yoga. I always injure them even with stretches and warmups, but for some reason when I was doing yoga regularly I never hurt them. Probably because I was creating space in my body regularly along with being more in tune with it.
Once Crush Fit comes out with their totally home-based workout I’m buying it and jumping in, but until then I’m just doing HIIT 30-60 minutes (sometimes 90) a day along with the yoga videos. I’ve got a lot of extra fat to lose, anyway, so I need to be focusing on that. And I’m also thinking of training for a marathon because I’ve never done one and it sounds like hell but also fun.
Basically, I’m quitting the gym because I’m uncomfortable there and it would save me some money, and focusing on more cardio based fitness and yoga. I love lifting, and I look forward to the day I can get back to it, but I also lost sight of other things I love to do, like yoga and running and dancing. There are other gyms in town but I can’t afford any of them right now. I’m a little sad, but I’m having a lot of fun putting on my Zumba music and doing HIIT in my living room every day. It’s just so convenient, and when I get heavier weights with the money I save from not going to the gym it’ll be a lot more challenging. Not that I’m not dripping with sweat at the end of my workouts.
Sometimes the gym isn’t for everyone and there are plenty of good alternatives, especially with YouTube in existence now.