Kelly the Culinarian: Lessons I Learned From a Month at the Gym

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lessons I Learned From a Month at the Gym

During the past month, I've been using an Amazon deal to a fancy pants gym, Health Track in Glen Ellyn. It's a beautiful facility with all the amenities and classes I could ask for. But it's most likely outside of my budget and it isn't the most convenient option, either. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed taking classes and going for a dip during the last month. I've learned a lot along the way, too.

There are a set of Plastics at every gym

  • Goggles are not created equal and are essential for a good swim.
  • It doesn't matter how fancy the gym or how skinny you are, the size of the towels will not be adequate.
  • Massages at a gym are the stuff of gods. Not that I'm a connoisseur of such things, but if I won the lottery, this lady would be on my personal payroll.
  • You don't need special gear for a spinning class, but learn from my mistake: running shorts are not a good option. Try Bermuda-length shorts or capris and thank me later.
  • The conversations you'll overhear in the locker room will take you back to middle school.
  • A gym buddy keeps you accountable and makes things more fun. Thanks, MacKenna! Don't get so focused at the gym that you forget to be friendly.
  • Be kind and wipe off the machines you use. While you're at it, hold off on the perfume.
  • There will be at least one Ironman at your gym. He/She is not as intimidating as you think.
  • Morning workouts > afternoon workouts. I hate pulling myself out of bed and driving to the gym in the dark, but if I'm going to get up at 4:45 a.m., I'm going to make my workout count. Plus, the gym is less crowded and intimidating to me.


Erin said...

People at my gym don't really talk to each other I've noticed. Either that or I put out a "don't talk to me" vibe. Either way, I just go in and do my thing and leave.

Was the massage included in your Amazon deal?

KellytheCulinarian said...

It was, best deal ever, right? The massage alone would have been $70, but this place is so fancy that the spa is only open to members.