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Gym again [Mar. 4th, 2008|06:17 pm]
Douglas Spencer

Today I went to the gym. I was booked in for the show-you-around and what-can-we-do-for-you thing, where I tell them what I want to achieve and they look at my (frankly magnificent) physique and sigh inaudibly.

However my instructor was off sick, as was her obvious choice of substitute -- and everyone else was fully booked.

We're trying again on Thursday.

[User Picture]From: zeit
2008-03-04 08:47 pm (UTC)
The gym instructor and deputy were off *sick*? I would doubt the health benefits of this course of action if I were you.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-03-04 09:42 pm (UTC)
Clearly exercise is bad for you.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2008-03-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
I've just put the kettle on and was going to email you and ask, "You know you joined the gym, have you been yet?"

I'm slightly freaked out by your update.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-03-04 09:46 pm (UTC)
I had aquarobics at Julia's gym on Friday, and it became very clear that my heart and lungs were better than they deserve to be, and my muscle tone is worse. I was very impressed, 45 minutes of real exercise and my knee wasn't crippled at the end of it.

It's all about my right knee. I'm hoping that I can build some muscle tone in that general area to give the joint some extra support, and maybe lose an ounce or two so that it's under less load. With any luck they'll suggest something useful when I talk to them about it. Also there's some considerable difference in how flexible one shoulder is compared to the other, so it might be good if I can address that.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2008-03-04 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, anything in the water is good if you've dodgy joints. I await developments with interest.
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2008-03-04 10:04 pm (UTC)
How did you like aquarobics? It's one of my favourite forms of exercise, but I haven't done it in the UK, just in the US. I should look into it at some point...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-03-04 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm quite at home in the water and have enjoyed pottering around aimlessly in the pool in the past. I can swim, but not at any kind of speed.

I can walk for miles without difficulty, so long as the ground is flat.

But any kind of exercise-for-exercise's-sake is completely foreign territory for me. I can't run for more than about 20 yards, and I can't do anything that involves twisting that knee, or putting load through it when it's bent.

But the aquarobics was excellent, not only because the buoyancy of the water saved any load through my knee, but also because the resistance of the water meant that my muscles were doing real work without requiring me to move at any speed.

The gym is Virgin Active, about half-way between Farnborough and Fleet, not far from the Nokia site. The gym bit of it looks like it's quite well equipped, but the pool is rather smaller than the one in Julia's local gym in Sheffield, and the hydrotherapy/bubble pool is much much smaller than hers. They have an aquarobics class once or twice a day.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2008-03-04 10:52 pm (UTC)
If I can be of any help do feel free to ask.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-03-04 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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