The lovely British Senorita and I had a wee online chat about outdoor gyms and working out in the great outdoors when I saw her rooftop gym on her IG account. She told me about an amazing outdoor gym in Australia. A few days later when I was packing my gym gear for the next day, I remembered there is an outdoor gym only about a fifteen minute drive from my home called The Rotary Outdoor Gym. I was there once, but found the equipment very challenging. Especially the chest press and the over head press machine. The equipment was either very stiff and needed a good dose of WD40, or I was just plain too weak to make the machines budge. I think I’m going with the latter explanation. So, I convinced Andy to live on the edge and break out of our routine of using our condo gym and head to the outdoor gym. Besides it was a beautiful day and I love being outdoors and active and I wanted to see if my strength had increased.
I am also trying to mix things up this summer with my fitness routine. I have already tried two new classes, Pilates and Beat. I stretched and worked areas in my body I didn’t even know existed in Pilates. What the heck is an IT band? A computer part? Well, after Pilates I knew that this was no tech term. My hips were loosey goosey after stretching out this area and I left class feeling so good. Ahhhh, now I know the real reason hips don’t lie. They’re stiff!
Anyway, back to the outdoor gym. I am happy to report my strength has increased because many of the machines I found just too difficult at my first attempt, I could now use. There were also a few elliptical machines for me to get in a quick burst of cardio. We were also right by the shore. Who wouldn’t love a lake view workout?
I approached the pull-up bars with much trepidation. Should I try a pull-up with no assistance in sight? No straps to help me out, no machines with pins to decrease my weight? Just me and a bar. I felt so alone without my tools. There were two bars at different heights, a high one and a low one. I tried the high one first, but could barely lift my feet off the ground. Andy suggested that perhaps I was being too ambitious and I should try the lower bar and see how I do. I couldn’t manage a pull-up on the lower bar, but I did manage 3, count ’em, 3 chin-ups!
Have you tried anything new this summer? Please tell me I’m not the only poor soul who didn’t know what an IT band was……