Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Gym - The latest craze?

I was surprised. I was baffled. I never knew my friends were interested in joining the gym before this. One by one, they tell me that they have joined the gym/going to join the gym. I was adamant to be different. They can go ahead and join the gym, and I will stay at home and rot. However, when Sugi told me that I could go and try out for "FREE" I agreed immediately. Afterall, we could go shopping after that right? RIGHT? That's one thing good about the gym. It's in the mall. Not good for the wallet though.

Absurd Point Number One
The first thing I had to do when I entered the gym was to answer a few questions by the consultant. Really silly questions with obvious answers. Couldn't help being sarcastic with him. There was even one question which asked, "Is there anybody who will stop you from coming to the gym" to which Sugi answered, "She herself." Thanks a lot Sugi Wugi. I added in, "And the Lazy Bug as well." He also asked me, whether I have any fitness goal in my life, which I answered, "No." It was a lie. Then he asked, "Not even losing weight?" That *****!!! Was he INSULTING me?! I answered again, "No." It was a big fat lie. He said, "Wow, this is the first time I have heard of such an answer!" Well, this is probably the first time someone had lied about it then. That's for insulting me. The consultant was nice, so I felt a little guilty for altering my handphone number on the questionnaire...:P

After keeping our bags in the locker (nice locker rooms + shower rooms + dressing rooms + toilets + sauna etc), we decided to stretch a bit before going onto this machine called, as mentioned in Sugi's blog, cross trainer. I don't know how to describe it well. You just go walking while bobbing up and down and there are handles for you to hold too. Ah, nevermind. Anyway, the way to start this machine is to walk/bob and then press those nice buttons they have on the machine to set the time and level. It's really silly. I found it absurd to press the buttons while bobbing up and down, especially when you don't know what those buttons are for, and have to concentrate harder to select the settings - Absurd Point Number Two. Fortunately, Sugi Wugi saved the day and did those for me. In front of rows and rows of different machines, there was a line of flat screen tvs, for those hardworking people using those machines there to watch. This, was Absurd Point Number Three.

The screen is small and so far away, I didn't see the point of watching them at all. Plus, I was not interested in what they were showing. This prompted my brilliant brain to come up with a good idea for a great innovation. Each machine should have a small (not too small, just nice) screen attached to it with a cd/dvd player installed. Then, the gym-goers can bring their own shows and watch. That way, gym-goers will have more motivation to exercise for a longer period. I will be happy to go to the gym if I can play my animes there. Instead of seeing those horrible red numbers, telling you how many calories you have lost, I will be able to exercise without feeling stressed or dismayed. Within ten minutes I have only lost about 60-70 calories?! But anyway, if I could lose about 100 calories per 10 minutes, that means I will lose about 300 calories after watching one episode of anime. Then, I can move on to the next machine, and spend another half an hour watching one more episode of anime, and lose another 300 calories. Within one hour, I would have lost 600 calories AND watch two episodes of animes. PERFECT!

However, if the gym-goers ain't anime freaks, then, they can perhaps bring videos of aneroxic women to motivate them to work harder, or videos with beautiful/handsome/cute men to motivate themselves. It's the same concept as hanging a carrot in front of a donkey.

The only thing which I found really interesting there, no, it's not the guys, was the Body Combat class going on. It looked so cool and fun. I met a college friend of mine there, who was in the Body Combat class with another college mate. That looked like a really good and at the same time, fun workout. The other thing that caught me attention was the women with she-man arms. O.o You wouldn't wanna piss them off.

Anyway, after playing around with the equipments there, we left the gym to check out some vcds which I wanted to get. We met our former schoolmate, Juji, there and well, people! Do watch the show that she will be hosting at the end of this month on Astro. I can't remember what channel though. Perhaps Sugi can remember. And then, we had dinner/snack at Zuup. There goes the gym workout.

Overall, it wasn't too bad a day. In conclusion? The gym ain't for me, a person with short attention span, nil willpower and a person who gets bored easily. Plus, I don't think I'm a healthy influence on Sugi. Instead of losing weight, she might be piling on the pounds if I were her gym mate. So, enjoy yourself, gym folks, while I rot at home!

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10 Comments:

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Jyrenze said...

ah, that gym...i remember when the guy looked like he was going to murder all of us when my friend would not join on the spot.

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger Steffi the Numbnut said...

They were that desperate eh. I only agreed to go after my friend told me that they will not pester me to join.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Sugania said...

Hahaha,

one trip to gym and we have two version of stories, but i do agree on the bring-your-own-dvd-set idea. It seems pretty good. hey steph, since you have a machine at home, maybe you can watch while exercising. i'll try with my cycling machien now.but its rather far away from the monitor and then i cant read the sub titles. arg..

altho it was sinful to eat that snack at zuup, it was utterly delicious..! yummiieee...

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger ashes said...

what la steff..u just got urself a great haircut and a little bit more work on the body is gonna make u look like J.Lo adi..c'mon bebeh..dun giv up so fast!

hahaha..but i've always wanted to join too..just tat the instructor in the gym near my house looks like a baby elephant..n after seeing him..me n my frens decided that its safer to just do normal exercise since we're not really interested in getting bulging muscles all over the body.

 
At 9:56 PM, Blogger Steffi the Numbnut said...

Ashes: J Lo...The only similarity between her and I is that we both have big butts. That's all. Well...I will find some other way to lose weight besides going to the gym. ;)

To me, they look like the Incredible Hulk.

Sugania: The only machine I have at home is the Force Rider - it looks like a bike, whereby you step on the pedals to push yourself upwards, with your hands pulling the handles to aid the legs. This makes is very difficult to watch the computer screen because you'll be going up and down all the time.

 
At 3:20 AM, Anonymous michelle said...

*grin* I can think of another 'exercise' where you'll be going up and down all the time :D

Heheh, but steffi, do you wanna lose weight or just tone your muscles? Coz, if you're looking to tone up, you would need the help of gym equipment...

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Steffi the Numbnut said...

Michelle: MICCHY! Keep those "exercises" behind the bedroom door...

Lose weight. I dowan to look like incredible hulk.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger BillyTong said...

According to studies, that "kind" of "exercises" that michelle mentioned is the fastest way to lose weight, and it wont build up muscle like "incredible hulk" :P

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Eng said...

the way you describe it, it's like California Fitness at Menara Standard Chartered...

To me, the fastest way to lose weight is to do exercise that will make you sweat.. like cardios...

The equipments in gyms are mostly for body builders... so if you want to body build, then do gym, otherwise, do otherforms of exercise like sports.

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Steffi the Numbnut said...

eng: Good advice there.

Billy & Michelle: That would need "special" equipment...

 

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