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  • 19th Feb, 2005 at 1:32 AM

Deniz had suggested that she go with me to the gym in the next couple of weeks. We agreed that what we needed was a mutual reason to go, instead of just sitting around doing something else. Coincidentally, Allison had agreed the same thing with Julie.

Now that Julie and Deniz are gone, this leaves Allison and me. In fact, this is actually advantageous. Can you imagine how long I'd be stuck waiting for Allison, Deniz, and Julie to get out of the changing room? They'd have so much fun chatting that they'd never leave. In any event, the two of us decided to make good with what we had and went to the Y.M.C.A. by Peel metro.

On Tuesday morning at 8:15, I went and signed up for a premium membership. (Allison had signed up the weekend before.) I decided to splurge because I wanted the entire experience to be as pleasant as possible. This reduces the number of reasons to not go. Although the premium membership is rather expensive, I get a large number of very clean towels and access to a very nice changing room. So nice that it has a bunch of business men watching television, reading newspapers, and talking about stocks on their mobile phones. I've heard conversations about what to look for when buying a yacht. The nice showers, hot sauna, and scalding steam room make up for the too-important-to-waste-time-business-man factor.

The facilities at the Peel Y. seem to be better than the Good Life that Jeff took me too. They have modern machines, a light and airy environment, and very nice changing rooms. In fact, the only things that are rather lacking is their very small pool and no hot-tub.

Allison and I have worked out twice now. Once on Tuesday and once on Friday. It's very nice to exercise with her because it gives me the motivation to show up. Really, that's the biggest hurdle to exercising in the first place. As well, she's very nice to chat to when we're running on the elliptical machines, and this prevents me from being bored out of my mind.

I'm not seeing a noticeable improvement in my body tone, but I have been able to run more on my second visit. It must be from those times I used to go cycling. I have an appointment on Monday at 21:00 to see a trainer who will give me an exercise programme. I've signed up for their "technogym", which involves an RFID tag and pre-programmed machines that will align themselves properly and tell me what to do. This is great, since I like pushing buttons and also since I can't possibly remember how to do all the exercises I should be doing. Hurray for technology!


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19th Feb, 2005 20:34 (UTC)
I'll be looking for a gym to go to when I show up in those parts, too. :) Of course, which one I go to will largely depend on where I end up living. How much are we talking about in terms of full membership? I'm a little spoiled by the fact that Duke provides me a huge discount in the university gym as part of my normal benefits here.
20th Feb, 2005 04:50 (UTC)
A normal membership is about $50 per month. A full membership is around $80.
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