Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A movie, an app, and a question about gyms

I'm a bit delayed in posting this week, but the last few days of school are always the kind where you just want to close your eyes and feel your way through them. I'm almost on summer now! Just exams to grade and I'll be done...

In the meantime, and to delay the inevitable, I thought I'd share some things that my weekend had in common. It's not a recap in the normal sense, but all of the thoughts and things happened this weekend, so that's the tying theme.

1. I don't belong to a gym. I cancelled my gym membership in January after not using it since I started marathon training in September. I decided after the marathon not to go back, mostly because the gym had been bought out and the new company had cancelled Les Mills classes. BodyPump and BodyCombat used to be my go to classes. I also wasn't doing a lot of (any) cross-training, which I obviously can't say is true now. 

Cross-training without a gym/pool is almost impossible. Luckily I've got a great pool and gym facility in my neighborhood that comes with our HOA fees. 
The pool and gym
The pool is amazing, but as summer picks up and kids are out of school, it gets hard to swim laps. There are not lane lines, so I find myself swerving around rafts and vying for lane space with women wearing sunglasses and swimming perpendicular to the lines at the bottom of the pool (!!!). And the gym is small and kind of on the warm side. So I'm thinking of joining the YMCA with designated lap swimming space and a much larger gym area. Plus, and this is a huge plus, they have Les Mills classes. I'm just debating if it's worth paying for it when I have this great space available to me for a free we're already paying...

Do you belong to a gym? What do you look for in a gym?

2. We saw The Great Gatsby this weekend. I am embarrassed to say it, but I was never required to read this book and never picked it up on my own. I had been meaning to read it for a while now, but when Tim asked if I wanted to go see the movie Saturday morning I couldn't hold of using my lack of having read it as an excuse. So I went in without prior knowledge of what to expect. We saw it in 3D, which only added to the Baz Luhrmann-ness quality of it. If you've seen Moulin Rouge, you know what I mean...everything happens in a very intentional way, but it's hard to explain...

And what did I think? It was pretty good. It was a little long, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Tim is my film critic, and he said that it got a lot of negative reviews because it missed the point that Fitzgerald was going for when he wrote the book, so I think now I'll really have to read it to compare. Did you see it and read the book? What did you think?

3. I have a new "most useful" app. Tim told me about the "Run Pee" app before the movie started, so I downloaded it since I brought a venti coffee and a large water into the theatre with me. Good thing since I went to the bathroom three times between before the movie started and when the movie was going on.
You start the timer at a certain place (for this one it told me to start it when the old Warner Brothers logo appeared), and then it tells you when during the movie are the best times to run to the restroom without missing much. The timer runs and it vibrates when it's time for one of the breaks. During the break, the timer runs, and a little summary of what you're missing comes up on the screen. Then, the timer resumes and repeats itself. I used it twice.
It was so convenient, and I missed nothing. Tim's love of movies doesn't appreciate when I lean over and ask him what I missed when something important is going on. This saved me from having to do that. I'll definitely be using this at every movie from now on. This is probably only helpful if you can't make it through a movie without a bathroom break. But if you drink as much fluid as I do, I'm certain this will help!

A few questions:
1. What are your thoughts on a gym membership? Do you use yours?
2. Are there any other movies out right now that you'd recommend?
3. What useful app do you turn to frequently that may not be the most well-known?


Emily grapes said...

I'm not a fan of gym memberships. I used to get them but never go. I've always been uncomfortable at them (but that's just me) so now I do everything at home or at the school track, and I much prefer it that way.

Though I think about crossfit and hear so much about it, but its not in my area, so I don't do much but think about it. haha

You pool looks amazing but all the kiddies there would put a stop to swimming for me in the summer.

That app is pretty cool! I never get up to go, but talk about convenient if you had to!

((I keep meaning to tell you I think its amazing that you switched to biking and swimming since you're fracture. Seriously girl, you didn't let it stop you and I think that's so cool! Hope its healing for you!))

*end long comment. ;)

Emily at Amazing Grapes

Whitney said...

I'm not a fan of gym memberships. For me, I think they are a waste of money. In the past, I had a gym membership to the YMCA and went once. I just think they are overpriced, and you don't have to belong to a gym to get fit. I realize that a lot of people take classes, which can be fun. I'm the type of person that has a varied schedule, and I like to work out at night (when most places are closed anyway). I don't want to be obligated to go at a certain time or force myself to get ready, drive, workout, come back home, etc. I just much prefer to work out at home.

I saw Iron Man 3 which was good. I'm getting ready to watch Fast and Furious 6, and I cannot wait. I haven't seen it yet, but I know it is going to be awesome. Each one is better than the previous one!

Emily said...

I have been a member of a slew of gyms in the past from our park district, to Bally's, to XSport, and now LA Fitness. When we lived at our apartment we had a work out room and I never went to it. I don't think the machines were serviced often and who knows when they were cleaned last. Granted it did not look as nice as the one at your place. I find that going to the gym I am more accountable. I have a gym buddy I met through the gym I got to classes with. A lot of the teachers know me so they look for me and ask where I was if I missed class. I look at it as more of a community than just a gym.

That app is awesome! TMI I am sure but I always have to go to the bathroom and the movies and totally feel lost when I come back. I will use this for sure! We are thinking of seeing Star Trek soon. I want to see Gatsby but I would rent it most likely.

Cecilia @ MommiesRun said...

AHAHAHAHA! That app is amazing! We don't go to movies that much anymore because of the kids and because I just can't sit still long enough.

I'm not a member at a gym anymore because I never went. I would love to join one for classes and to use a pool but the cost is just ridiculous. I really like group fitness though so I go to a core class every once in a while!

Caroline said...

Did you do any type of cross training for the marathon?

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

Well, let's see I belong to two lol. Our work gym is great as it's pretty cheap, comes out of our paycheck and has classes and good equipment. Thing is, they didn't have a pool - we have one at our complex but its in a separate area down the road. Also, they have a hot tub...sauna...some amenities I love. I love treadmills with fans - I get super hot. And I like that the classes at LA are offered during times I can go. At my work gym they're only around noon which is not when I go to the gym. I love running but love crosstraining even more and with all I'm leaning in my course, I'm making more efficient use of my gym time.

Heather @ From Here to There said...

I absolutely LOVED my membership at the Y and if they have everything you want, I'd say it's worth it! I really enjoyed the group classes at mine. I haven't seen the Great Gatsby yet, but I plan too! :)

Amanda said...

That ap is HILARIOUS! oh my gosh I'm showing this to Jordan. He always has to pee during a movie!

Kristen :) said...

I've got to tell my sister about that app - she ALWAYS has to pee during a movie. Never fails. That is awesome!

Megan said...

I gave up my gym membership because I just wasn't using it. I have a treadmill at home and a trainer for my bike, so that helps. I ultimately got a membership at a local county-run indoor pool for lap swimming. They have youth hours (and a crazy looking water slide), but since I go before work, it's not too bad. And it's significantly cheaper than my full gym membership.

But it sounds like you will use your gym membership for more than lap swimming, so it seems like a great plan!

B.o.B. said...

OMG the run pee app is amazing!!! I must must must get this. I always have to pee during a movie. LOVE IT!!! THANKS!!!

I'm thinking of joining the Long Center for swimming and then possibly LA Fitness. I didn't love the Y over in Clearwater and it's not that close to my new home. I need a place that opens early, has classes, and a pool. The Long Center is just missing classes but the pool is WAY better than the one at the LA Fitness. Sigh.

Amanda RunToTheFinish said...

Part of the reason we chose another condo in Orlando was to have a gym and pool available to us for training. David knew he would use it more than a gym he needed to go to...fingers crossed in our next move we can get more space and still get a pool! :)

Jill Barnes said...

I love my gym membership, I pay $40 and that includes childcare! Without good childcare, I wouldn't be able to workout (maybe I didn't "train" my kid properly to sit in a jogger?). Abigail loves going to play while I exercise. The extra plus is this location has EXCELLENT group fitness classes, I don't have the drive to workout solo. I can even get a travel pass to use other gyms when we are out of town, but I have learned not all Gold's are equal (the Tampa location isn't my favorite).

I really want to see The Great Gatsby and I love the idea of that App!

Diana Visk said...

I'm having the very same debate as you are right now about gym memberships. I cancelled mine last November for the same reason you did. We have a nice gym at our apartment and in our garage so I'm having a hard time justifying a gym membership. I'm soo tempted join the Y though so I can use the pool (I haven't actually SWAM in so long I probably need lessons again lol) and go to Body Pump and Body Attack. Right now I use our home gym for weights, run in the neighborhood and do Turbo Fire at home for another fun cardio option so it's not bad. I just miss actually going to classes with other people sometimes.

Rachel said...

I use my gym membership.. mainly for swimming and being about to change my clothes to meet my running group outside. I used it a lot more when I was a slave to the treadmill. J also uses it, so it's not a complete waste!

Katie said...

Um, that app is awesome! I love my gym-- I go there every morning almost. BUT I don't have a place like you do. I bet if you went to the pool early in the morning, you'd have it to yourself. But of course, that would require getting up early during summer vacation. :( The good thing about the Y is that they don't have a contract-- you just pay per month (at least that's how it is here), so you can quit once you have the pool mostly to yourself again. I really, really wish our gym had a pool, but that's the only thing it lacks.

Kristin W said...

Well since I don't live somewhere that has a pool open (or comfortable!) year round, I go to the Y. I'm a big fan of Y's, but I know they vary by location. Ours is amazing (and the prices are usually pretty affordable). Hope you find the same.
Ah, I loved The Great Gatsby! I hadn't read the book in ages and only remembered the basic premise. For some reason, I loved the "modern" spin with the music.

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