Thursday, I joined a new gym.Â Friday, I went for my first workout.Â I really didn’t know what to expect as I entered the facility.Â When I signed up, the manager gave me a quick tour, but I had my son with me, so I was a little distracted.Â So, as I entered the gym on Friday, I barely knew where the changing room was.Â Eventually, I found it, got a locker-key from the front desk, and changed into my workout clothes.
I hit the treadmill for a 20 minute walk.Â It felt good to stretch the old muscles.Â I walked for a total of 25 minutes, with a 2 minute warm up and a 3 minute cool down.Â And then, things got interesting.
I decided to checkout the aerobics room and see what class was on the schedule.Â As luck would have it, the next class was a class for guys and girls called ‘lunch box’.
Nervous – terrified really – I decided to throw caution to the wind and join the class.Â I need to mention, for the record, that I have NEVER attended an aerobics class of ANY kind.Â Heck, I don’t really like to work out if there are more than 3 people in the BUILDING.Â As I stated, I was terrified – but I was also DETERMINED.Â Change requires determination!
The class consisted of 45 minutes of weighted arm and leg lifts along with some ‘boxing’ style punches – and a few kicks.Â There were two other guys in the class and five women.Â I situated myself at the VERY back of the class – and started to work out.
45 minutes later, I was exhausted, still a little embarrassed – and TOTALLY HOOKED.Â I cannot explain the euphoria that accompanied the end of the work out.Â Don’t get me wrong.Â It was gruelling, I felt silly being outworked by everyone else in the class, and I have a LOT of work to do, but, when I finished that final rep and laid down that final weight, I felt amazing.
Two days later, I’m a little sore.Â But, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s class.Â I talked to the trainer after the class and he encouraged me to come back.Â I’m going to arrive a little early, hit the pool for a few laps. and then go to class.Â Hopefully, tomorrow will be just as awesome.
Oh, yeah.Â I now throw a pretty mean left hook.