I owe you guys a whole lot of updates! I’ve been quiet for about a month, while all sorts of great things were happening.
So: I got a new job, in a city I love, doing something I really think I’m going to love (back to music!), and I’m now almost fully settled into a great new apartment. Things are really good.
The trade-off is so worth it, it barely warrants mentioning, but: there are definitely going to be some challenges that will come with my new job/living situation. By now, though, I know I’m totally equipped to make the right decisions. I have been soaking up the luxury of my workout situation for the past year and a half, and now it’s time to deal with the same issues that most people do.
Challenge #1 – No more personal training
Oh boy, will I miss the really ridiculously affordable personal training from my old employer. I cannot afford personal training at normal rates.
Solution – I had a final session with my trainer and he gave me advice on some strength training exercises that I can do in a typical gym. I think as long as I have a plan, I’ll be fine with sticking to it. I do not want to lose the strength I’ve built up over the past year and a half. I might even try to find a “lifting buddy.”
Challenge #2 – No more affordable, contract-free, on-site gym
Again, I was a little spoiled. It wasn’t a big or luxurious gym by any standards, but it was on-site, $20/month, and contract-free. It also had a really good selection of classes, for how small a facility it was. My new apartment complex has a tiny (quaint?) little gym, with a handful of machines, some kettlebells, and a weight bench. I should be able to do any running/ellipticalling (?) I want there, but not much more.
Solution – I think if I try to depend on this mini-gym, I’ll stop working out. I enjoy the camaraderie of group exercise classes too much – they’re what keep me going. I’m currently searching for a ~$30/month gym where I can attend at least two dance classes and one yoga class a week. Also, I’m now living in the same apartment complex as my sister, and we’re going to try out air-conditioned racquetball while it’s still 100+ degrees outside. Also, and this is really exciting, I now live right off a huge system of river trails, and I’m hopeful that my refurb Schwinn will let me take some great rides, even though it’s a cruiser.
Challenge #3 – More Erratic Schedule
My new job isn’t exactly the 8am-4:30pm commitment I had before. It will sometimes take on erratic hours, and I won’t be able to commit to a weekly, unwavering workout schedule.
Solution – This is what I’ve been preparing for. I knew it wasn’t likely that I’d have such a predictable schedule for long, so for a year and a half, I worked hard at getting in the habit of working out. Now that I don’t need 100% predictability to stick to working out regularly, I’ll be making good use of that habit. I’m going to need a gym that has later classes (like 7/7:30pm instead of 4:30/5pm), and I might have to eat dinner before working out. Trial and error.
As always, I’ll keep you guys updated. :)