What happened is that my sister and I went to redeem our certificates, and we had to listen to a sales presentation. We could either get 2 free months, OR we could use the certificates toward a discount on a standard Ballys membership. At first I was totally against it, but as I thought it through it sounded like it had some potential. Basically for what averaged to $10 a week I could use the club, go to all of its exercise classes, plus I would get 3 free personal training sessions.
My yoga class is $10 a week. I have been wanting to sign up for a pilates class also, probably also for $10 a week. Ballys offers both of these classes, plus a variety of other aerobic-type classes.
What clinched the deal for me is this: they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If I try everything in the next 30 days and decide I hate it, or the classes aren't worth it, I can get all my money back. I would have used the place for only half as long as my original certificate, for the same amount of $0, but I would have gotten 3 trainer sessions in its place.
If I try all the various classes they offer and decide that I like the classes, it will be worth $10 a week. I've have as many classes as I wanted, plus full use of a workout facility that is right across the street from my office.
It's totally worth at least giving it a try.
Tuesday I had my first personal trainer session. He worked me really hard! He had me do all kinds of weights, squats, pushups, dips, and so forth. He took it a little easy on my legs because I'd told him about my knee, so I think he worked my arms extra-hard in retaliation. I tell ya, that guy was MEAN.
Tuesday my muscles were so fatigued I barely had the power to lift my arms above my head. Wednesday (yesterday) I woke up to find my arms, chest, and back so incredibly sore! I could barely pull on a button-down shirt. Just the feel of a cat bumping into my chest caused me to involuntarily yelp in pain.
Today I'm still surprisingly sore. It hurts to left a can of diet pepsi to my mouth, because my triceps are still so sore and tight that I can't bend my arm all the way. I literally can't reach my left shoulder with my left hand. Ow ow ow ow!!
Yesterday I didn't go back to the gym. I had to shovel my driveway before work anyway, and I decided that was plenty of exercise. Especially given how sore I was.
This morning I was supposed to have my second training session. He had to cancel at the last minute though. Standing there by my door, already wearing my gym clothes, listening to his voicemail, I briefly fantasized about just crawling back into bed for another half hour. But yay me: somehow I forced myself to the gym anyway! I had a good all-cardio workout (taking it easy on my poor agonized arms). 10 minutes stationary bike, 15 minutes elliptical, and 4 minutes walking backward on the treadmill, then almost 15 minutes jogging on it! (I've been intending to get my knee used to running again forever, but even so this is only my second time actually jogging for more than across a parking lot.)
I'm still figuring out how to do this workout-before-work thing though. I've been trying to wear my gym clothes and bring toiletries and office clothes in a bag, but I keep forgetting stuff. Tuesday I forgot a towel and dress socks. That meant no shower for me, just splashing and soap, and wearing my sweaty gym socks all day (ick).
This morning I thought I was doing great, remembering everything, until I looked for my bra. Whoops. There was no way I was wearing my sweaty sports bra all day today, so.... Well. Fortunately I'm wearing a nice silk jacket and a button-down shirt, so I don't think it's really noticeable.