A funny thing happened yesterday. I woke up determined to go to CrossFit after work but then, as luck would have it, I got stuck in DC traffic and just couldn't get there in time. I was totally frustrated and fed-up with each day running amuck on my plans to get back to it so when I got home, I walked in the house, changed, and walked right back out! I headed to the gym in my condo building but, confession: I've been living here since November and never been to the gym here! Turns out I'm not missing much - it's small, dirty, and very, very old. I don't even recognize some of the equipment!
For instance, I thought the machine in the left image above was a rower (which would have been awesome!) but it's not. There's this weird booklet (below) that describes all you can do with it -- the "total gym 1000 exercise system!" Ha! I was afraid it would break, honestly. Also note the broken jump rope. That was three skips in! Seriously this place was depressing! (No treadmill either!)
Nevertheless, I was determined and the one thing this gym had going was that it was empty -- ALL MINE!
I quickly came up with a workout that didn't require much equipment - just weights, which, thankfully this gym has.
I chuckled to myself thinking the only thing I really used in the gym besides the weights was a pen hanging from a clipboard on the wall - ha! I think I'm going to invest in a kettle bell, a PVC pipe and foam roller for my next visit to this dungeon gym!
Empty Gym Workout
100 step-ups90 air squats80 lunges70 lateral raises (I did 35 lateral/35 front raises) 60 goblet squats (35 lbs) 50 dumbbell push press (15 lbs) 40 no push-up burpees30 knee raises20 push-ups10 dumbbell snatches
This workout wasn't too bad. I really paced myself, breaking each move into sets of 10. I would have probably preferred different weights but my options were limited - the gym only had 8 lb, 12 lb, and 15 lb dumbbells; then it jumped to 35 lb-and-up, which are pretty heavy!
I used the machine on the right to do knee raises. I was hoping to be able to do assisted pull-ups on that machine but I'm pretty sure the bottom piece is broken. (Sad face!)
I hope one of you can use my impromptu workout to get in a sweat today if, like me, you're not able to make it to your regular gym or stuck in a dingy old gym! I'm actually really happy things worked out the way they did last night because it's been a long time since I went to the gym alone and made up my own workout -- I forgot how much I love that!
What do you usually do in an empty gym?
Does your apartment building have a gym?
Do you think I can petition my condo association to give the gym a facelift?