Posts tagged: exercise

Joined the gym!

By , October 5, 2010 7:11 pm

After a lot of waffling, I asked my dad to get me a membership to the gym down the street. I’m excited because a few of my friends in the neighborhood are members, and one of my roommates just re-joined. I’m hoping to work specifically on my endurance and flexibility, since I think my strength is just fine. To be totally honest, I think my years ‘on’ testosterone (read: hormonally male) left me with pretty ripped muscles for a girl my age, but what I consider sub-par flexibility. Although I may be unfairly be judging myself against all the other women in circus classes. Damn them and their bendiness. As for my endurance, I just don’t bike or exercise as much as I used to, and I’d like to keep my breath longer.

We’ll see how it goes!

Exercise! Gyms! Exclamation points!

By , September 20, 2010 10:06 pm
Treadmills

Ooh...a gym.

This past Saturday, I went to a circus arts class. It’s the first class I attended since I had my gallbladder out, and it felt really good to be moving. However, my body’s complaints on Sunday made me realize I really need to start exercising consistently again.

And so, I’m seriously considering joining a gym.

I have mixed feelings about gyms. Obviously there are certain things – a pool, for example – most people don’t have. But I always feel a bit like, “If I just had a little more self control, I wouldn’t need to pay money to exercise somewhere else!” Indeed, that’s how I justified my Wii Fit purchase: I’ll have this one-time expense, but then use my will power and self control to exercise regularly. (It worked. For about a month.)

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Laser Tag and Pole Dancing as gendered behavior

By , February 22, 2010 7:30 pm

This past weekend was pretty busy. I saw a friend’s dance recital, another friend’s show, had my final high school class (finally!) and, of course, went to play laser tag and went to an introductory pole dancing class. (What, you didn’t do laser tag and pole dancing this weekend?) Both were a lot of fun, but both were interesting examples of gendered behavior and – more surprisingly – brought up some unexpected gendered expectations I have for myself.

Laser tag brought up feelings of inadequacy as a man, even though I don’t want to be a man or to think of myself as ‘one of the boys.’

Pole dancing brought up major feelings of inadequacy as a woman, coupled with an unexpected desire to be sexy and eagerness to go along with instructions toward that end.

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Mixed blessings

By , April 2, 2009 11:50 pm

It’s been almost exactly a year since I posted about feeling frustrated during rehearsals for the show I was in because I no longer had the muscle mass I was used to. Well, I’m finally registering for another circus class at work, a full year since I last had a free enough schedule to take a class. The class starts in a few weeks, and I’m a little nervous about it –  I’ve gained zero pounds in the last 12 months, but have made gains in the T-n-A department (wink wink, nudge nudge). And, as I’m well aware, that fat (unfortunately) isn’t just magically taking plumpness from my belly, it’s also taking muscle mass. I haven’t been doing circus recently, so won’t have the “oh shit, I just did this last week and now can’t” experience I had a year ago, but while working on rigging stuff I have noticed it’s harder to haul myself up to the grid and such.

That said, I do take some consolation in the fact that I haven’t gained weight. (Indeed, I’m down from my max weight sometime in college.) I’d still like to lose about 10 pounds, but hopefully with the regular exercise from class and finally being able to bike to work, that’ll be achievable. We’ll see.

(As a side note, on the topic of being able to bike to work, what the fuck were the two inches of snow doing falling from the sky on Monday?)

-R

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