Workout #64 (Cardio)

Up at 4:30 AM and into the gym by 5:50 AM. When I got to the gym, I noticed they had installed 9 new treadmills where the elliptical machines used to be and pushed the ellipticals back a row. The ellipticals used to be right by the windows and had a great view. This was annoying on several accounts and screwed up my cardio workout this morning. Those of you who workout regularly understand how important habit is. I can vary my strength training to my heart’s content, but I like to be on the same elliptical machine each morning, in the same place and because things were moved this morning, I was off and did only half my usual cardio.

20 minutes on the elliptical this morning. I burned250 calories, and a distance of 1.4 miles. I reached a peak RPM of 87. My pace was 82 RPM. After cardio, I did a few groups of lower body exercises in prep for my workout tomorrow.

Group 1                  1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                  -------      -------      -------
Angled, seated calf       12/120       15/120       15/140
Power crunch 1000          20/35        20/35        25/40

Group 2                  1st Set      2nd Set      3rd Set
-------                  -------      -------      -------
Hamstring curl             15/90       12/105       12/105
Leg extension              12/90        12/90       12/105

I was annoyed enough with the changes in the cardio room to speak with some of the folks who work at my gym after my workout. I was polite, but pointed out that they might want to consider either getting rid of or relocating the new treadmills for the following reasons: (1) No one was using them; (2) people used to using ellipticals were coming into the areas with annoyed expressions on their faces; (3) at least move them to the back and let the ellipticals stay in the front; (4) the thing about habits that I mentioned earlier. The latter one caught them off guard, and both admitted that I had a good point. But I suspect nothing will change. I’ll keep you posted.

Tomorrow is a lower body workout in the afternoon with Bernard.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.