(I think that’s my new name for the gym, and not just when I’m doing a body fat test. ;)
Yes, I’ve been putting it off. Partly because I’m easily the largest woman I’ve seen there, partly because dealing with the tech during the body fat test did rattle me a bit, and partly because I had a fairly serious asthma attack Monday night. I’d used my inhaler in prep for going for a walk. Walking uphill I was gasping and stopping to catch my breath for over a block, not sure if I wanted to use my inhaler again. Then the tightness in my chest got tighter and painful. I remembered that it’s a symptom of asthma too, and used my inhaler. Almost immediately the pain subsided and I could breathe better.
But still. Chest pain? Scary. Tuesday I got my 2nd preventative asthma prescription filled and contented myself with my home weight routine (there’s a lot you can do with dumbbells and an ankle weight.)
And tonight I stopped by the gym on my way home.
If Curves is very “girls work out” and the Y has a “family vibe”, my gym is more “serious workout” — partly due to the wide range of free weights and different lines of weight machines. That variety is one of the reasons I joined this particular gym, in fact. Each manufacturer makes their machines for particular body types; more lines and manufacturers makes it more likely I’ll find machines that fit my body.
So, tonight, I used my inhaler 20 minutes before exercising, as recommended. I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes to warm up and moved onto weights. Usually I start with leg presses, but today I tried a new machine that more closely approximates a squat. I ended up deciding that it has me crouch at a bad angle for me, at least right now, but that’s a good thing to learn. I moved on to the seated leg extension, leg curl (basically the opposite of the extension), seated row, shoulder press, and pulldowns.
Not the world’s biggest workout, but I feel comfortably tired and glad I went.