Don’t laugh – I once was an athlete. Back in the days before athletic females were cool, volleyball, softball, basketball, and tennis were my games of choice. I was a bona fide jock and loved the smell of a gym. (Not the guys’ side!) Back in 1991-92 when I lost a lot of weight and was in a gym for toning and cardio, my endorphin levels would soar just walking in and being surrounded by the sounds, smells and sights – all before I started my workout.
Now I am embarking on another gym experience. For years my fear of being laughed at, talked about because of my size (and my fitness level) kept me out of sports and out of gyms. Even going to physical therapy for my knee tendonitis made me uncomfortable. Last month my primary care doc (yes, physicians go to doctors too) suggested a gym geared to people rehabbing from injuries and those over age 50. After checking it out twice and an extensive interview with the manager, I am now a member of The FitCenter, which specializes in providing services in a non-intimidating environment. My yearly membership (for about $1 a day) provides me full access to every piece of equipment one could want, a great pool with adult only access, all the free classes I can stand, and a few sessions with a personal trainer to get me started. Sure there are old folks (they were celebrating a couple of birthdays for 90-year olds) but there are also young people who hate the LA Fitness-type environment and others who like the programming offered.
My fitness assessment is tomorrow – that shouldn’t take long 😉 then I’m up and running, errr exercising and swimming. Cannot wait!