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in an effort to cut back some places financially, chris and i went through our bills around the start of the year to see where we could save some money. one of the areas we found that could potentially be “cuttable” was the gym membership. chris goes really often, i however rarely go, especially during marathon training. i do 99% of my runs outside, and although i always have great intentions of spin classes and crosstraining at the gym, i don’t really make it there that often. we also have a treadmill at home that i can use if i need to.
so i started thinking… my portion of the membership was $52 a month. a guest pass for a day at the gym is $10. if i was going to the gym, it would probably be at best once a week, and we could save $10 a month just by paying the guest pass once a week.
so i quit the gym.
i was kind of sad, it’s weird not having my own membership. i still really wanted to focus on my strength training during my training for this marathon. i tend to slack when i get into peak training, but that is also because i just want to be home and not go anywhere. so for my birthday chris got me a set of 5lb and 10lb dumbbells to add to the 15lb set i already have, and we already had a medicine ball and a mat. i also got the 30 day shred dvd. so now i have my own gym at home!
there are a few of my favorite exercises that i do miss since i don’t have a full gym set up, but a majority of my weight routine at the gym was with free weights anyways.
when i was in college i was very into weight training. i did a body part a day (chest, shoulders, back, arms and legs) for around 30-45 minutes each a day. i loved it, i love strength training. now i don’t have that kind of time (or energy really), but i still make sure to hit every body part on that list. i usually break my days up into upper body and lower body now and have condensed them down to do my favorites or ones i can do with dumbbells.
so far so good… every week i have done both upper and lower body workouts, as well as around 3 days of abs. since i did the 30 day shred dvd on tuesday night, i did my lower body workout tonight, along with some upper body that i didn’t really hit on tuesday. i also did some abs at the end. i put dinner in before i started, turned on the new, put each dog on the treadmill, put a load of laundry in, and before i knew it i was done! it’s really a great way to get in my strength training, while still being at home and feeling productive with my house chores.
friday morning is an easy 6 miler (well 5.25 since i went over on wednesday), then saturday i have 16 miles scheduled! looks like the rain won’t be arriving until saturday evening, so it should be another great california day to run