I've had my membership with the YMCA since September 4th, and I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed. I enjoy all the drop in fitness classes and I enjoy the weight room floor...but I think most of all, I really love the Fitlinxx System.
What is Fitlinxx you ask? Well, basically, it's a computer program that is connected to all of the cardio and weight machines and it tracks your reps, weight and your form. I use it mainly with the cardio machines - i.e. the stationary bike and the elliptical. My strength training, I either use the dumbells or the lat pull down and seated row etc. I try and do my weight training as "manual" as possible. I have worked on the "machines" a few times, but every time I do, I feel as though I don't get as good as a workout as I would if I was doing it manually with the weights. For one thing - I'm just sitting there - and it just doesn't feel right to me. On Wednesday, I hit an all-time goal (I think) for my dumbell chest press...I hit the 50lbs mark. That's 50 lbs in each hand. I managed to squeak out five reps, but I still did it - and paid for it the next day!
So...yeah...I'm happy with the YMCA. Sure, it's no ALIVE, but it helps with my fitness routine, and for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling motivated and happy about my exercise program.
I seem to have plateaued in the weight side of things...and it's starting to drive me crazy. My surgeon doesn't seem too concerned about it, but I am. I'm eating well and exercising like crazy, so eventually the scale will go down - in the right direction. My clothes are fitting a lot looser and I've been getting lots of comments from people saying that they think I have lost some. I've just decided to take it day by day and TRY (the operative word here is try) to not be so hard on myself. I am in no race and there is no hurry to get the rest of my weight off.
So...one day at a time...I will beat this plateau! Stronger both physically and mentally...I will do it.
Cheers and love to all!