The Return of the Gym Rat

The Modern Philosopher made his triumphant return to the gym on Palm Sunday | The Return of the Modern PhilosopherHappy Palm Sunday, Modern Philosophers!

Much like Jesus made his triumphant return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the Modern Philosopher used the day to make his triumphant return to the gym.

As I’ve stated numerous times on this blog, I really don’t like going to the gym.

I used to go religiously (see what I did there with this being Palm Sunday?), but I don’t like all the people, having to wait to use a machine, and running on a treadmill makes me feel like a very sweaty gerbil.

Or maybe a gym rat.

My battles with The Machines at my gym have been legendary.  They get inside my head with their blinking numbers, heart rate measurements, and buttons that simply dare me to push them to push myself to go harder and faster.

They never seem impressed with my efforts, and for some stupid reason that I’m sure is related to my never having been able to win my stepmother’s approval, I would push myself harder and harder to impress The Machines and win their love.

I never got it, though, so I just took my show of sweaty manliness out to the streets.  Running outside is much more pleasant, especially on a beautiful day.  It just didn’t make sense to being inside running in air conditioning when I could be outside taking advantage of the gorgeous weather.

Plus, I actually feel like I’m accomplishing something when I run outdoors.  I get from Point A to Point B, unlike on a treadmill where I remain anchored to the same spot for the duration of my run.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am turning over a new fitness leaf (from the fat side to the healthier side) and it was suggested that I switch things up from my constant runs.

Back at the gym, and I've got the pictures to prove it. Time to focus on fitness, exercise, and health!So, after at least a year away, I returned to the gym.  I have to say, I was disappointed that there was no fanfare from the gym staff and my fellow members.

I didn’t expect them to put down palm branches on the carpet for me, but some thunderous applause and a brass band playing the theme from Rocky would have both nice and appropriate given the occasion.

Since I am a champion, I was able to rise above this slight and make the most of my visit.

After yesterday’s first run of the year, I woke up with sore legs, but that wasn’t going to stop me.

I found a bike to my liking, and got down to business.  It took a moment to remember how to get the program going and at what level I needed to pedal in order to get the best workout, but it eventually all came flooding back to me.

As did the sweat.

There was so much of it.

I like to think of it as my body’s crying at being forced to exercise again.  Only these tears stink, and they seem to come from a bottomless reservoir.

I cranked up the music on my phone, kept an eye on my heart rate so I didn’t push myself too hard, but otherwise ignored the other numbers on The Machine.

In the end, I did a little over 9 miles in 40:00.  It felt good.

Just a damn handsome photo of The Modern Philosopher post-workout.I’m already looking forward to going back next weekend for another session.

Of course, now that it’s a couple of hours later and the lactic acid has had time to take up residence in my legs, I’m very sore.  However, it’s the good kind of sore that reminds me that it’s well worth the effort to look after my health.

Hope you’re having a great Sunday.  Have you done anything active today?

You know what makes an excellent workout?  Following me on Pinterest!  Think of all the calories you’d burn…

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About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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11 Responses to The Return of the Gym Rat

  1. I love working out but hate the gym…go figure. I stick to workouts where I am the machine (hear me roar!) like kickboxing or bootcamps. As long as we are moving, yes? “That’s not sweat…it’s your fat crying.” My fat is, apparently, extremely sad. 😉

  2. Ocean Bream says:

    Wow you managed to put into words exactly how I feel at the gym. I hate the gym, mostly because I put in so much effort but never see results. I guess I need to change up my eating habits. Anyhow, it’s great to see you’re back at the gym, and don’t worry, even though there was no thunderous applause from your fellow gym members and instructors, us readers will do our bit! *applauds* 😀 Good luck next week, and well done on your amazing results!

  3. Gail says:

    Did you stretch afterwards, said the Canadian Fitness Professional? No really, I am. http://www.canfitpro.com Anyway, it helps with the whole delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s boring, but it works. 😉

  4. 9 Miles??? Good on you – I’m going to start running again his week now the weather is better!

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