Fitness Friday: Variety at the Gym

I am a creature of routine, always have been and always will be. I like to go to the same gym, use the same machines and lift weights according to the plan in my notebook. Being that creature of routine has been put to the challenge, with starting a new job last week in a different part of the Twin Cities has me going to a gym location that I had maybe been to twice.  That feeling of comfort was gone. I didn’t have my same locker number, or see the same people yet, and I didn’t have my machine of choice.


But not having that machine of choice got me thinking that I need to change things up! In an effort to move myself out of my comfort zone I am not going to get into that routine. I will use different machines, I will find my locker area but not be determined to get the same one every time, and I am even changing my days that I go. Shocking. Just shocking.


My new routine (this is as of Week 2 at my job) will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and possibly Saturday if I feel the need. It means getting up earlier 3 times a week instead of 2. But it will help me avoid a bit of traffic, give me more energy during the week, and make sure I am focusing on staying healthy.


Along with a new routine I am committing to using a  different machine at least once a week! My normal machine is the Octane Fitness Circuit Trainer, similar to an elliptical but with a longer stride. I can knock out almost 5 miles in 30 minutes. I love this machine.



But… I need to keep my body guessing and am determined to keep workouts interesting. The goal? Use a different cardio machine at least once a week. It could be bike, treadmill, the Arc trainer or even taking a class. I need to remember to change it up. Since  I went to the gym Monday and Wednesday this week, this morning I used the treadmill and did an incline workout. My legs definitely felt it.


Minutes 0-5:00, Incline 3, Speed 3

Minutes 5:00-6:00, Incline 5, Speed 3

Minutes 6:00-7:00, Incline 7, Speed 3

Minutes 7:00-8:00, Incline 9, Speed 3

Minutes 8:00-9:00, Incline 11 , Speed 3

Minutes 9:00-10:00, Incline 13 , Speed 3

Minutes 10:00-15:00, Incline 15, Speed 3

Minutes 15:00-16:00, Incline 10, Speed 3

Minutes 16:00-20:00, Incline 7, Speed 3

Minutes 20:00-23:00, Incline 5, Speed 2

Minutes 23:00-25:00, Incline 3, Speed 2







  1. says

    I’m starting a new job in a few weeks, as well, and it’s really making me rethink my gym strategy. I love the idea of using an obstacle like a new job, adjusted schedule, etc. as an opportunity to switch things up and try something new. Thanks for the inspiration!

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