Playing with new toys at the gym

OK, new to me and for some it’s more of a revisit. I was thinking if I hated everything running before and learned that it was about adjusting my approach, that could be true elsewhere. It also helps that my hip was getting a little cranky on the treadmill and it seemed prudent to broaden my cardio horizons.

It began with the stair master, an oldie but a goodie. I’ve been eying it for a while and one day I had a short amount of time before teaching and decided why not. As the sweat was pouring, I realized I should do this more often. I find it a little tedious and am usually a little bored after 15-20 minutes, but I love the work!

Then there was the elliptical. I hate this machine more than anything. I have never felt so uncoordinated as I did on the elliptical. Most people think as a dancer I should be good at these things. Not even close! I decided it was time to face my fear and give it a go.

After a few minutes, I started to get the hang of it and I actually liked it. My hips felt good and again I was sweating away. I figured out how to switch from using the handles to not. I still set my music before getting on and am playing with maintaining a consistent speed. I must say I like being able to set my speed by feel. I go faster when it feels good and sometimes slow by accident (when I’m distracted). Overall, I’m liking it and have found starting on the elliptical and going to the stair master has been a nice way to mix it up.

I did try the stationary bike briefly. A friend recommended the air bike and I do need to try it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the stationary bike. To be fair, I tried it at the end of a workout – not ideal. I also need to play with the seat. I have really short legs and I don’t think I adjusted it effectively. I will get back to this machine because I think it was my approach not the machine and I’m curious about the air bike 🙂

Finally, I did the rowing machine. This used to be one of my favorites and I got away from it as I was running more. There are only so many hours in the day and when you’re getting cardio outside it’s easy to forget about things like the rowing machine. Turns out I still like it and will be adding it to my routine.

With trying so many machines, the duration has varied and that’s ok because my current goal is simply maintaining cardio endurance. There’s another stair-like machine (clearly the technical term) that I’m curious to try. I’ll let you know how it goes!

What cardio machines scare you? Which cardio machine is your favorite?

P.S. I’ve been broadening my strength training horizons too 😉