Gym Search

Today I’m going to (hopefully) stop by a couple gyms “just to take a look.”

Since the car accident, I haven’t thought much about re-joining a gym.

I can’t do any upper body stuff with my injuries, so it seemed like a waste of money.

But now, I’m in search of a gym with a pool.

Paul Newman is going to give me a whopping “5 minutes per day” of pool stuff to do.

For some reason he thinks I tend to overdo arm-related things I enjoy.

Who me??

Every spring/summer, I modify “normal” swimming and compensate for what I can’t do by overusing other body parts until my body flips out in pain.

It’s my post-accident reality.

(In truth, it’s what I do for any dominant-arm-related tasks.)

Paul Newman is trying to reign in my pool enthusiasm with strict time limits.

In spite of his  very controlling nature   protectiveness,

I really like him still.

(He’s such a good fit for me PT-wise.)

I want to be able to be in a pool (5 minutes per day) year round, not just during the months our home pool is warm enough.  (May through September.)

Besides my “allowed” five minutes, I can do unlimited laps with a kick-board.

It isn’t AS fun, but it’s better than not being in the pool at all.

There are a surprising lack of gyms with pools in the South Orange County area.

In fact, I only know of two.

I’ve been told one of them is exorbitantly expensive.

I’ve been told the other “isn’t that clean.”

But, I want to check things out for myself.

I may have misinformation?

Maybe the expensive gym isn’t really as expensive as I’ve heard.

Maybe the not-so-clean-gym has decided to clean up its act?

In any case, I’d love to hear from some of you.

Do you belong to a gym?

Did you quit going to a gym out of boredom or because you never used it after a little while?

If you go to a gym (or have gone to one in the past), what did you like doing at the gym most?

(If you’re in The OC … let me know if you go to a gym you love, particularly if it has a pool.)

8 Responses to “Gym Search”

  1. Kristen

    Montanoso recreation center in MV is where I’ve worked out for 3 years. I love it. And it has a nice pool. 😉 $25 per month.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you for mentioning it. I had forgotten it was there!

  2. Missy

    Doesn’t the 24 Hour in Ladera have a lap pool? What about the pool in your community?

    • Suzanne

      Our community pool is frequently closed and freezing. I want the amenities of a gym too so I can do some cardio and leg machines.
      The Ladera 24 DOES have a pool … but most of them don’t. We might be moving in the next year so I think I want a gym chain that has pools at all their locations. (Not sure where we’ll land.)

  3. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I swim at our community pool in the summer, and almost joined the Y; they have an Olympic-size indoor pool. But it REALLY smells of chlorine and after awhile it makes my eyes burn. When I can’t swim or walk outside, I walk on our treadmill and give the Bowflex furtive glances. It mocks me, you know.

    • Suzanne

      My parents have belonged to Y’s their whole lives … and had great luck with them.
      We don’t have one in our area.

  4. Erica

    I recently met someone with an arm injury who swims daily with a kick-board. He says it’s great exercise and you can build up to a pretty impressive number of laps.

    I prefer watching tv shows while traveling mindlessly to nowhere on an elliptical. Increasing the resistance and/or speeding up is a great cardio work out and endurance seems to happen naturally over time. There are handles, but I don’t use them as much as I should for a full body workout. It’s always been easier for me to use my legs rather than my arms to get things done.

    • Suzanne

      Yep, legs are important.
      So glad mine didn’t get damaged in the accident.
      : )


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