Is Your Gym Packed?

I was a bit surprised when I went to practice yoga this morning. Although I really should not have been.  Typically, there are about 3 or 4 other students in the class that I take. Today, there were 9! My immediate thought was “This must be due to New Year’s Resolutions”. It happens every year. My gym gets crowded and I can never find a parking spot. It does ease up in February and March.

What has been your experience these past couple of days?


7 thoughts on “Is Your Gym Packed?

  1. Glad to hear that. I am taking a spinning class at my gym tomorrow morning. I remember how crazy it was last year. Let’s see if the same holds true this year….

  2. Haha!! I’ve just returned from a 5 week holiday, to escape the cold weather. Went to the gym yesterday, not only was it packed, there were ALOT of new faces!!! That’s always the case though….New year……New you!!! I decided to switch my routine up more this year, less gym which included treadmill, bike and weights and need to do more running outside, Pilates and aerobic DVD’s. Let’s hope I stick to it!!!!!

  3. Ooh, wanted some advice, I used to bike ALOT at the gym, with high resistance (hills) usually for about an hour, and I noticed my legs bilked up, which is NOT what I wanted. How should I be setting the bike, to make my legs leaner? Thanks alot for any advice!!!

  4. Hi Tash! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I went to the gym this morning and shockingly enough, I was able to get on the treadmill for one hour without any death threats. I was surprised as I expected a huge crowd considering it was Martin Luther King Day.

    Re: your comment about the bike, I am not an expert. However, one reason why I love spin classes is that the teacher always switches things up. We’ll ride on hills, flat ground, sprints, etc. I think that is what prevents the thighs from bulking up. I have heard that if you want lean thighs, to train on flat ground, including the treadmill. So, on the bike, why not try lowering your resistance but increase your pedal speed (if you can) or just ride for a longer amount of time. Good luck and please keep us posted.

  5. Hi Judie, thanks for your response!!! Really?? Flat ground on the treadmill?? I always put it on either 1.5 or 2% incline to mirror the effects of running outside. I even do my interval work on an incline. I’ve heard so much conflicting stuff on whether to run on inclines, that it totally confuses me!!!

    I tried biking for 70mins on a random setting yesterday at the gym, as it was my low impact day, and it felt great and sweated bucketloads!! I’ll try that from now on, and see if it makes a difference. Still not started on my aerobics and pilates yet. A friend of mine practices yoga, and has tried to get me into it, but I just don’t have the patience for it!!

    Love the feeling after a workout!!!! XX

  6. Tash, the other day I read (and since I read so many health/fitness magazines and websites, I cannot remember where I read this) but it was a woman saying that she feels her thighs were getting bulky due to the treadmill. The trainer recommended that she not use an incline. I specifically remember thinking- that is the same advice I gave to Tash!

    I know there is so much conflicting advice out there. It’s best to take everything with a grain of salt and see what works for your body.

    As for yoga, please keep in mind that there are so many different types of yoga. It may take a while to find the one that you like with the teacher that you like. I recently discovered Hot Vinyasa (a power yoga done in a heated room). It is amazing. Definitely not the “relaxing” yoga most people seem to think about when they hear yoga. Please keep posted!


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