Did some stretching and then inquired about the massage beds/chairs. Found out how to use them and I am so glad I have a black card membership. I would pay the $20 a month just to have access to the massage beds without gym equipment. It was heavenly.
Today my arms are really feeling the arms workout yesterday. Almost too sore to lift my coffee. ALMOST. I somehow managed. :-)
The kid & I were back today. We did the stair climber for a minute, but I had a hard time getting into the rhythm so we moved to the Arc trainer. Did that for 10 min and then moved to bike for another 10. I moved to weight machines for another 20 min, but she stayed on the bike and then did the elliptical. Can't say I blame her. She has a silks class tonight and that's going to give her quite a workout. She isn't planning on going with me tomorrow.
I focused on legs and then tried the massage chair since I did the bed yesterday. I think from now on I will do arms/chair legs/bed - based on how they felt.
I seem to do the machines a bit differently than other people. I do 3 sets on each machine instead of doing one set and moving on to the next one. If there is someone waiting for the machine I will get up and let them do their set in between mine. I don't want to be that person who hogs the machine. So far that has not been a problem. The crowd isn't very thick at 4:30am and there are plenty of machines. I've also noticed that the 30 min workout seem has a Biggest Loser theme. I hate that show and that's enough to keep me from trying that section. I've only seem women go in there and I've noticed very few women on the free weights or weight machines. Not sure why since that section has machines equivalent to the ones in the main room. I have not done free weights yet, but I will by the end of the week.
I did go into a different section for the hip abductor machines. My hips are a weak area and I found that I had to go down 20lbs from the last time I used a machine like that. Most of the other machines I had to go up 10-20lbs,b ut like I said, my hips are a weak area.
So far the gym has been friendly, clean and well maintained. I'm seeing the same people so I'm guessing there is a regular crowd of early morning gym goers. I like that. Gives a sense of community that can be harder to find in the busy times of the day. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.