Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Gym

I went to the gym last night. These are very preliminary impressions, but in the words of Annie, I think I'm gonna like it here.

The gym is smaller than Toronto gyms and the equipment is closer together. It is windowless since it is in a building basement. The evening clientele was about 90% male, 10% female, mostly Russian-speaking. I should learn a few phrases in Russian, they might come in handy. "Thank you" and "Excuse me" I can find on the web, but does anyone know how to say "May I work in?" or "Go right ahead I'm done" in Russian?

There seems to be a refreshing lack of ego and spandex in this gym. While I was warming up I saw a guy do a set of gorgeous bent-leg good mornings. He was using very little weight but the tempo was precise and the form was absolutely perfect. As far as I could tell, everyone was there to work, not kibbitz, and _everyone_ re-racked their weights after using them.

Cardio-wise, there are treadmills but I haven't seen anyone on them yet. A couple of people were doing a circuit by stepping quick on and off a raised step sideways; it's hard to describe, looked like an agility/footwork exercise for boxers. One guy was doing it while hoisting a medium size heavy bag.

The Man-In-Charge had my program ready for me. The overall goal is to improve bench press, squat and deadlift technique. The first day is bench-focused. I started off with a warm up set of just the bar, then added weight for two sets of 8. I will be doing five sets of this, with a varying rep scheme I haven't quite figured out yet. Last night I did three sets because I was pressed for time; I got there at 7:50pm and the gym closed at 9:00pm due to Chol Ha-Moed. After the BP I did pushups leaning on the bar of the Smith Machine. Soon on the floor, I hope. I've gotten so damn weak.

The pushups were followed by close grip bench presses, then by seated external rotations for the infraspinatus. No, I didn't know that off the top of my head. I went and looked through exrx.net until I found what the heck it was. See here, just imagine it seated, with an EZ curl bar instead of dumbells, both arms at the same time, and with a more limited range of motion, chest to chin. The reason I didn't ask the MIC is that he helps everyone in the gym, not just me, and I didn't want to take up his time with silly questions I can answer myself with minimal research. After this I did a floor exercise for abs. I think there's a second ab exercise that we didn't get to, but I was pretty wiped by the end of the workout. In conclusion: it was fun to move weights again, and I am going to be so sore tomorrow...


At 9:59 PM , Blogger chaos said...

Wow, this gym sounds so great. I avoid gyms like they will...get me in shape, or something, but this inspires me to get to a gym. It would really be nice to workout in AC in the summertime. Hmmm.


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