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I’m not the gym type, unless there is something really good on TV. Basically, my gym pursuit revolves around the cardio theatre system. A mixture of TV’s with channels showcasing everything from the news to Designing Women. The sound fills my headphones, as I dance from stair steeper to rowing machine. Because I don’t have a TV, I use the community’s. Last night, at the gym, as I walked up the stairs to the cardio area, I pondered about the mixture of information and entertainment I would receive. I was excited. However, something struck me. What if I used this time to test out some of the machines in a more scientific fashion? Would I be able to actually add some intensity to my workout? Would I forgo a lazy spin on the recumbent bike and 30-minutes of quality TV time?
I decided to sacrifice. I would make a valiant effort to maximize my heart rate. I would TRY to drop the TV time and concentrate on working out. Below is a run down of the machines and how I think they faired. I believe that a gym workout can be one of the most difficult in all of training. Read on my fellow gym user and you’ll find my opinion on what burns the fat.
OK, this thing is strange. I walk up to a piece of equipment that looks like it belongs in a manufacturing center. Since when does exercise involve cooling the other members of the gym via fan and fan belt? I decided to give it a try. After a few rows the concept of the machine came to light: grab handlebar, strap feet in stirrups and pull backwards. After two minutes of rowing, I was hooked. The machine turned into much more than I thought it would. I started doing intervals. I started to breath heavily. I started to wonder is the summer Olympics a possibility for me? Ten minutes, then 20 minutes passed. I pushed harder and harder. Then I remembered my goal: to give my readers a sense of all the machines.
Rowing Machine Rating:
A: full body workout
A: Interest factor
D: Cool technology factor (no headphone jack)
After cleaning off my sweat, I moved to the Stair Stepper. These machines are ubiquitous. Every gym seems to have at least three of these leg-busting machines. I started the climbing machine and glee swept across my face. It was here, on this machine, where I was able to plug in my headphones. CNN poured through my brain. Then ESPN; then the
Stair Stepper Rating:
C: Full body workout
A: Interest factor (headphone, yeah!)
B: Coolness factor (heart rate monitor system)
My final exercise machine to test was the hand-thing. I have no earthly idea what this thing was called. I assume it serves a greater purpose than the whimsical testing of a born again gym goer. I decided to saddle up and start turning. The machine is basically a treadmill for arms. One grabs the handles, which are situated on the outside of a weight loading apparatus. I set the resistance to medium and began to turn. Each rotation was easy enough. I decided to add a little more speed. After five minutes of sitting in a chair and turning my arms in circles, I felt weird. I wasn’t getting the workout I wanted. I added more weight. OK, at this point, things got a little more challenging. I started adding more and more resistance. I turned this innocent machine into a masculine pursuit of “who can turn the most weight around in a circle”. I started breathing heavily. I’m sure people looked at me. They must have thought, oh, he’s just trying to show off.
D: Full body workout
C: Interest factor
B: Coolness factor (you are working out your arms, in circles)
I’m sure I missed some machines that you enjoy, or hate with all that his holy. Write a comment about your experience at the gym. I’ll post it here on Chain Ring Action. If you have a picture, I’ll post that too.