Um, I mean, Happy Valentine's Day!
Today was a cross training day for me and as lazy as I was feeling, I decided I'd feel better if I went to the gym. I usually just do the elliptical for 45 minutes or so, but I wanted to jazz things up today so I took some advice from a Runner's World column and did three different machines. Today I did the erg, the elliptical, and another machine that I don't know the name of and can't find online...
Being a former coxswain, I've been around the erg (rowing machine) quite a bit. It drives me crazy when I see people misusing the machine (and abusing their bodies), but who am I to go up and correct their form? (Though honestly, sometimes I really really want to!) Today I just hopped on and did a 2k (not pushing too hard, but I was sweating) and then just did some easy strokes. I spent about 12 minutes on the erg.
Next up I did the elliptical for 28 minutes. I always do a cross training or variety option instead of manual so I get some built-in changes in elevation. I also bump up the resistance to 7 or 8 to make it a more challenging workout. I know a lot of people say the elliptical is boring, but if you do a program and watch something interesting, it's not so bad! It works your arms and different parts of your legs, and it has a lot less impact than a treadmill.
The last machine was part-StairMaster, part-hip adductor machine. It was interesting...not a favorite, but it was good to change it up.
All in all it was a tough workout, and I'm feeling pretty good right now! I'm glad I changed it up and tried something new.
Now for the Valentine's Day festivities! I'll be cooking dinner with a couple of friends - should be tasty!