It's been a year since I joined the gym... so I thought maybe instead of some anecdote's about the current state of affairs ... I'd give some history. And since I have only 1 follower (and a charmer, he is)... I guess it's more for me than anyone else. :)
In late August 2014, I was bringing laundry up 2 flights of stairs, and found myself huffing and puffing. I did a lot of loads that weekend, and once I noticed it, it became very apparent that this happened every time. Being out of shape was not new.... It didn't happen overnight, but the realization was so vivid, and I was near panicked about doing something about it.
We joined the gym right away. Garth said he'd come along for the ride to support me. We also got personal trainers for a short period (6 sessions?). I wanted to aggressively approach my wellness, and it felt important to learn my way around the equipment and what would help me achieve my goals.
The initial sales pitch assessment included a review of what I wanted, and my as-is. My 4 items to improve, very much in order of importance to me, was
In terms of strength...when we added weight to my dumbell squats (after a few weeks) it was 5#. Now it's back squats .... 120#. I did 135# once (sort of), but I tried a dumbbell (front) squat this week to do an apples-to-apples comparison, and 60# was do-able. So from 5# to 60#!
In terms of endurance: I did Mudderella in July. MUDDERELLA. with some girlfriends. I was tired, but I kept up. And Garth and I do 15 mile bike rides on many weekends. FOR FUN. And we have 121 shows on our PVR that we have not watched, because our couch time is way down.
Re: Flexibility... I am not really sure. I didn't have the same kind of benchmark that I did with the other stuff. I don't really notice anything, but it does not bother me. Once I hit some of my other targets, maybe I will cycle out one weight session a week for Yoga.
Anyway; it's been one of the most amazing things I have ever done for myself. I am proud of the hard work I have put into it.. And I still have fun EVERY time I go to the gym.