Saturday, 30 August 2008

Gymology

I can hear the calls of my readers desperate to know my current gym-status, after a flurry of pain-related posts a few months back has been followed by total silence on the matter.

Well the biggest problem is the drink. I do 1000 calories in a gym session then I go and drink them back on, with some crisps maybe. I do have muscles, but they are still building on top of the flab, so I am just plain getting bigger all around.

In terms of fitness this is really hard to judge. I still get shooting pains all the way down my arms when i lift weights; still soak the elliptical machine in sweat; and I swear that the rower gave me a heart attack the other day going for a new record time (personal record that is) for the 2000m (it would have been 7.41, but I only managed 7.46).

In practice, if you asked me to, say, play a football match, or run down to the shops for a pint of milk, I'd still collapse in a heap after a few yards. I wonder if that is a pavlovian type reaction, over and above the actual fitness levels of my body. A sort of body-memory of all those years of agonising enforced exercise at the point of a detention. Or maybe I'm not as fit as I think!

9 comments:

Liz said...

I do - well, not in August but the rest of the year - two lots of circuit training a week plus dog walking most days so i think of myself as fit - but if I try to run or even walk quickly and talk at the same time, I'm gasping. But I'm very bendy. Does that count?

I read a great jokey quote today: I went on the rowing machine but I sank it. That just tickled me.

Crushed said...

I don't go to the gym...

I just drink to excess and then just don't eat..

The Tin Drummer said...

Liz: that made me laugh! I've give the rower some punishment in my time, let me tell you.

Crushed: I don't get how people can't eat, i love eating!

I'm thinking about your previous suggestion by the way! I suspect I'd be ready for sleep by the time you were getting keen on going out!

Crushed said...

I love eating too, sometimes.

I just have a love-hate relationship with food.

No, I often do daytime pub crawls.

If I go out clubbing, I don't really drink.

The Tin Drummer said...

Daytime!!!

Man, I cannot drink before 6.

Then I'm done by 9.

I drink fairly quickly.

Crushed said...

Surely you must watch the football in the pub Saturday afternoon?

Pace and pool :)

jmb said...

Well you could replace all that sweat with water. I guess not.

The Tin Drummer said...

jmb that is a really excellent point that gets to the nub of the matter.

I do replace it with water...but then I still need a proper drink...

The Tin Drummer said...

jmb that is a really excellent point that gets to the nub of the matter.

I do replace it with water...but then I still need a proper drink...