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The gym, one year on…

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Terry and I joining the gym. We decided to celebrate the occasion by forgetting to renew our membership, so that when we turned up for Body Pump on Monday morning and tried to swipe our membership cards, the turnstiles wouldn’t open for us and a recorded message started blasting through the entire gym saying, “INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT! GUESS WHO HASN’T PAID THEIR MEMBERSHIP FEES?!”

Ok, maybe not that last bit, but a small queue did form behind us as we resolutely tried to force our way through the barriers, completely oblivious to the fact that the gym had PUT A BLOCK ON OUR CARDS. Even although the membership technically doesn’t run out until Friday. GOD. Luckily, Terry had brought our bank details with him, so we were able to sort things out and gain access to Body Pump, but the experience had clearly put me off my stride, because when we finally made it into the studio I managed to select The Step That Always Falls Apart As Soon As You Touch it, and it clattered to the floor in three pieces, making so much noise that everyone stopped what they were doing to look at me.

Then I picked it up and immediately dropped it again.

Then I picked it up a third time, swung round and… barrelled straight into the punch bag that hangs from the ceiling.

The next morning, when we arrived for Body Combat, we discovered that our cards were STILL BLOCKED, and riot police were preventing us from entering the gym. I wonder why?

Anyway, despite the fact that I drop the equipment on a regular basis andย haven’t been able to use the pool since January, I’m actually feeling pretty pleased with myself that I lasted out the entire year, because let’s face it, I really didn’t expect to. At all. I mean, I was really just humouring Terry when I agreed to join up, and my intention was to only use the sauna and spa, and to make sure I didn’t break a sweat, ever. But somehow I managed to keep going, and am now actually going even more regularly than I did to start with, when I was still in hot pursuit of that free towel.ย Yay me!

And now I’m going to go eat cake…

  • Congratulations! I'm on month 5 and counting….

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    October 8, 2008
  • When you say you go more regularly I think you should tell your readers that you have been going 5 times a week to proper calorie burning Aerobics classes. Don't be afraid to show off ๐Ÿ˜›

    October 8, 2008
  • Mhairi


    Hey Amber

    Wish David and I had your determination for the gym. We have been members since April, and although we started out really well, we literally have been once in the last 2 months – even then it was only to the sauna.

    Hopefully we will get back into it, it is a nice gym to go to.

    October 8, 2008
  • Erik (Sorrento)


    Gyms just want your money. Period. Most people are cajoled to sign up for those 1-3 years pre-pay schemes and then don't use the gym. They were mad at you for actually using it.

    While I've not met you in person (we were less than 50 miles apart this morning!), from the photos I've seen of you, I would suggest only doing some cardio solely for heart reasons.

    October 8, 2008
  • I can't believe that was a year ago, are you sore it wasn't only a few weeks ago…… Please say it was, other wise my perception of time is becoming seriously skewed.

    October 9, 2008
    • Also, "Well done you!"

      October 9, 2008
  • You are hilarious!

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    October 9, 2008
  • I think gyms can be stupidly expensive, especially when you don't go often. You see a large influx of people at certain time of the year, like January, then they all stop going pretty quick. I think a large majority of people that join gyms follow that pattern.

    However if you do make good use of the gym and go even a couple of times a week it then becomes ok value, if you can go 3 or 4 times a week then the per day cost works out very cheap. Now that Amber and I have got into a routine, going to the gym isn't a chore, we actually enjoy it, all the classes are good fun. Although it can be pretty embarrassing for me as I am pretty much the only guy in all of the classes ๐Ÿ™‚

    Why is it guys don't go?

    October 9, 2008
      • She winks at you too ๐Ÿ˜›

        October 10, 2008
  • Yay! Currently I’m just trying to go 2-3 times a week at lunchtimes and that’s hard enough, so I really appreciate the challenge going regularly for a whole year represents.

    Go you! (And Terry! Us Greeks have to stick together…)

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    October 9, 2008
    • kalispera ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 9, 2008
  • Congrats on a whole year, and going on a regular basis! I could probably count on my fingers how many times I've been in the past year…

    October 9, 2008