Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wednesday Confessions, kinda.

Hey all, it's Wednesday again and you know what that means, time to link up with Vodka and Soda for a little hump day action. I don't think I've really mentioned how much I love vodka. I really, really do. Hands down, my drink of choice. Mmmmmm booze. But I digress.

Vodka and Soda

Time for a little confession, I've been having a heck of a time going to the gym this last week. Two weeks ago I mentioned how I forgot my pants and couldn't work out and last week didn't get any better. On Wednesday I went to the wrong gym. I was planning on going to spin class but instead of going to the gym on Glenwood Ave, I went to the one on Six Forks. (sorry that this means nothing to anyone who lives outside of Raleigh) Needless to say, it's not easy to get to different gyms at 6pm. Then then next day, no sports bra. That one I did suck up and go to spin class in my regular bra. Finally on Friday I got stuck in traffic and missed Body Pump. I was just so frustrated and annoyed, I decided not to go at all.

Ever since starting my new job, it's been a struggle to get to the gym on time. I have a membership at Fitness Connection and it was great because I could easily get to 4 different locations. 4 locations, 4 class schedules and 2 are pretty close to my house. The new job is a bit farther away than my last and I'm taking a different highway to get there. It means that I have to leave exactly at 5pm to get to 2 of the 4 locations in time for a 6pm class. One of the locations I definitely can't make it there in time and the the other I haven't tried yet. I'm not trying to be a negative nelly but I think we all have these stretches where we struggle with exercise or get bored with our options. I've only really been able to make it to Body Pump or RPM classes and I'm just getting tired of them. It's too damn hot to run outside right now and I just need something new to break up the monotony.

I'm a huge fan of trying out a gym before committing. I've had week long passes to several places, had a month long Groupon for Crossfit, tried Pure Barre and Orange Theory fitness. I'm not a big yoga fan, hate stepping on boxes and don't like Zumba. Yes, I know, I'm only one of the 5 people in the world who don't.

I've been looking for a new gym or something a little closer to work that I could get a 10 pack package or something and I started thinking about all the various work outs I've tried in the past. I thought a trip down memory lane would be fun.

1. Sweatin' to the Oldies.

I LOVED Sweatin' to the Oldies! I used this tape, yes TAPE religiously the summer before my Junior year in college. I still think I could do these routines by heart if I thought about it. Heck, I even represented Richard at a Halloween 5k a few years ago.

Some dude dressed like Bob Ross was nstading next to me in the chute. For me, he won the best costume, hands down.

2. Cher Fitness! Oh yes, Cher had several work out videos back in the day.

I love you Cher but this wasn't good. She did these videos in some of the most ridiculous outfits. One session was in her "If I Could Turn Back Time" unitard. She also did an entire section on "the Pony", which is apparently a dance where you prance all over the place. I can still hear her.. "I pony, you pony, we all love the pony". Over and over again... I could probably still bust out a "Pony" too

3. The Grind!

OK, everyone in the 90s had this video. Eric Nies was on the first, yes the FIRST Real World and he had his own workout video that focused on his abs. I think... My college roommate LOVED this one. He was all over MTV back in the day and I think he had his own work out show on there.

4. Have you ever heard of this place?

I think they've gone out of business now but this was a chain of gyms very similar to Curves (which I've also tried). So, they were in Raleigh a few years ago and I called there to ask about the gym and to set up a time for a tour. Kev and I got there, they showed us around and I asked where they held their classes. The lady took me over to a TV and a pile of DVDs and said, "here". Their classes were a TV and a pile of workout DVDs. seriously.

5. Curves

I've got nothing against Curves. I went there for a year or 2 several years ago. Curves is great for women going to a gym for the first time ever. It's a fantastic introduction to fitness. It's great that they're trying to revitalize the brand but for me, I have trouble breaking a sweat there. And I get bored going in circles.

I'm pretty sure I won't try any of these again but I do need a new fitness challenge. I think I'll peruse some Groupons and see if there's anything worth a try.
Also Linking up with Fitness Blondie! Welcome back!!
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What do you do to revitalize your workouts?

Any suggestions of classes / gyms I should try?

Ever tried Sweatin' to the Oldies?


  1. OMG, my mom had sweating to the oldies and I love it for the music and now it's a good laugh. I should try to youtube it for a trip down memory lane. lol

    My gym at work (I'm no longer a member) does the same things with tapes for classes. What is that!?! I can go home and sweat in the safety of my house instead of doing aerobics with co-workers.

    I've been in the same situation with forgetting things and heading to the wrong gym. I remember one time I had on an off the shoulder jumper and I had to workout in that (luckily I did have a sports bra) it looked odd but I got my workout in and that's all that mattered.

  2. I try to keep things interesting. I run in different neighborhoods and parks and invite friends to join me. I usually have one or two people to shat with . It makes the miles fly. :)

    1. Bwah ha ha. love it! I need more runner friends, right now it's just me, :(

  3. What a trip down memory lane! I like DVD's for when I just can't make it to the gym. My TurboFire DVD's usually work. I love to be outside though too so hiking, kayaking and biking are always a good alternative and don't have a time restraint like a class would. Also rollerblading is fun. Maybe seeing if there is an intramural sport that you could join like soccer, kickball or softball type thing?

  4. After I workout.. I drink.. LOL, kidding.. I don't workout..

  5. I am a creature of habit I run but when I get bored I try to run further or go different routes.

  6. Oooooo, that sounds great!. I'm terrible when it comes to planning workouts which is why I always end up at a class. And yes, you should have seen the look on Kev's face when they showed us the TV with the videos. I don't remember what he said but he expressed his thoughts on the set-up...

  7. The Cher videos were fantastically awful. She apparently had a step video where she's wearing a gothic tutu. Gotta love Cher.

  8. OMG, I forgot about the Paula Abdul and Cindy Crawford one. I didn't woen them but I definitely did them!

  9. I completely agree. Curves was my first gym ever. It was definitely better than sitting on the couch but for me, I never saw any real results.

  10. You're so right! Curves was my very first gym and it was a great entry to fitness. I definitely don't think I could go there again!

  11. Totally had the GRIND! Loved it. Thought I was super cool doing it....I stole it from my cousin. I am going to have to dig it out again!

  12. I don't like Zumba either! Your workouts history is hilarious :P I always do the same workouts...sometimes I get bored with them but for the most part I love my routine!

    1. Finally! Someone else who does't like Zumba! For the longest time I thought I was the only one!

  13. That's why I don't do crossfit. I want pay $160 a month for it

  14. That's a new one! I might have to give it a try!