Last night Andrew and I headed out to the gym. Until now, we had just gone Sunday mornings, where there were maybe another 3-4 people working out total. I knew weekday nights would be completely different. The gym we go to is in the heart of downtown Auckland, so you can only assume a whole whack of people head there from the office for a quick workout before heading home for the night.
I was right.
Andrew had some things to catch up with at the office, so we decided to meet at the gym at 7 pm – theoretically late enough for most of the afterwork crowd to be done their workout and on their way home. We were almost right.
The gym was still pretty busy when we arrived. And it was a world different from Sunday mornings! All the treadmills and ellipticals were taken, so we each did about 5 minutes on the bikes to warm up. And though there were quite a few people using the machines, we managed to get a full workout in without having to wait to use any machine.
Best part of the workout?
When I was doing bicep curls, a personal trainer walked by and said “Whoa. Gun show going on over here!” in an encouraging tone. Which I found hilarious as I was lifting a whopping 12 kg/26 lbs between both arms.
Worst part of the workout?
Not the fact it was busy – since it didn’t really hinder our workout at all – but the number of stereotypical musclehead gym types. Grunting loudly with every rep and punching each other’s abs and fist pumping between sets. I definitely prefer the Sunday morning “crowd”.
All in all, though, it was a good workout. Andrew and I talked about possibly switching it up and doing our workouts before work on weekdays instead of after. I don’t know how I feel about the early mornings – I struggle enough as it is now! – but it might be worth it. Would be an energizing way to start the day. I guess it really depends on whether there’s a big difference in the crowds.
If you go to a gym, when’s your favourite time to workout? Does having lots of people around motivate you or discourage you?