[a weight loss story]

*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*



I've got a decision to think about - my local gym runs a boot camp program that costs $100 for 4 weeks (12 sessions) + gym entry of around $50, which is damn fine value for a program like that. The dilemma-ey part is that I'm still a member at Fitness First so I'd be paying membership there and it's not like I'll be using it much, what with 3 boot camp sessions and 4 running sessions a week. So do I do the boot camp and waste my gym membership fees for a month or be a tight arse?

I can't suspend my gym membership because I've already suspended it for the maximum period allowed this month.

The other issue is that if I did any boot camp, even the one run by Fitness First, I'd be paying extra on top of my gym membership fees (a lot more than $150) anyway, so theoretically I'd be saving money.

I've got until Monday morning, when the program begins, to decide.

While I'm making decisions, I actually did make one this morning about my exercise program. When I go to the gym to do cardio, I do some bike to use my non-running muscles but then ended doing most of my workout on the cross trainer because I know I can burn a shitload of calories. Fine in theory, but this morning I went on my run and really felt the oomph run out in my legs around the 5 km mark. I'd done a gym session last night so I reckon I'm pushing the running muscles too hard. Instead of doing 5-6 workouts using the same muscle groups each week, I'm going to do cut out the cardio machines at the gym and maybe do spin or other classes instead.

If I make the gym workouts easier then I should be able to have more to put in when I'm running - ie. 3-4 harder workouts a week and a couple of easier ones rather than 5-6 hardish ones. Yeah, I know that is bleedingly obvious but sometimes I get caught up in the calorie burning numbers and ignore common sense.

Maybe that's the answer - instead of bootcamp, doing so cruisey spin classes and keeping up the weight training and maybe some more yoga and pilates?

It's a big decision Kathryn. Boot camp is really motivating but I understand that you wouldn't want to waste your gym membership either.

Is the gym going to run any more sessions? Maybe you'd be able to suspend your membership for a different boot camp session.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:27 pm  

i have a gym membership at one club, so i can do classes, and a swimming membership at another - for the pool. the swimming pool has a gym too, but it's not convenient for me so i pay extra to go somewhere else closer to home. it would be much cheaper for me to just have a full membership at the swimming pool club. and because my loyalties are split i don't get the best use out of either facility. but what price health, and motivation? i reckon that if you think that you will be able to manage it financially, do both. then re-assess your options after that...


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 pm  

i crap with money..and tootle from one thing to the next...however for me..if boot camp is gung just go for it...frig the expense,..we all know how good we feel when exercising well..and i believe they WORK u hard!!! your choice,,but i would pay and be happy about it

By Blogger jojo, at 11:38 pm  

Spin or some kind of cycling is a good idea - running really works the hamstrings and a lot of runners end up with a muscle imbalance between hammies and quads because they don't do enough cross-training and/or resistance work to make sure everything is strong and happy. Then they risk injury ....knees, hips....uh-oh!

So cycling will get those quads really working and hopefully avoid any problems.

If you're doing weights, you might consider doing a little more quad work than hamstrings too.

It's all about balance.

By Blogger Kek, at 7:28 am  

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By Blogger Linda, at 7:44 am  

sorry the deleted post was me. i'll email u.

By Blogger Linda, at 7:45 am  

Talk to the CCM at your ff and ask them to please suspend your membership again cause you are crook. (Start sniffling) I said NOTHING

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 4:27 pm  

errrr you have done spinning before yeah? its not what i would call cruisey

By Blogger jojo, at 1:06 pm  

I thought weight loss is easy when I hit the gym. I started losing weight well but everytime I sop it keeps coming back. I don’t know what to do. Do you know any tablet that helps reduce weight without exercise? Am I asking too much here? What the hell are all pharmacy companies doing?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:50 pm  



current weight:
76.6 kg

start weight:
110.1 kg

total loss:
33.5 kg

goal weight:
70 kgs



boobs: 100 cm

waist: 81 cm

hips: 109 cm

thighs: 50 cm


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