I don’t know what it is, but sometimes I get to the gym, and it’s like it’s the first time I’ve exercised in my life. My mind goes blank. I struggle to come up with exercises I can do—never mind a comprehensive workout that makes any sense at all. It’s a sort of workout-amnesia, and if I don’t have a plan, I don’t have as successful of a workout. Sure, I can think of all of the basic moves—lunges, squats, planks, push-ups—but those get boring when they’re all you can think of to do. I’m talking more complex, combination moves that are unique and interesting and work those little muscles that you forgot existed. It’s why I love personal trainers—someone to do the thinking for you.
So lately, I’ve been heading to the gym with a plan. Whether it’s a forwarded email on my phone that has a past workout or whether it’s a new app with exercises, like the Nike Training Club app I just downloaded for my phone. The app is perfect for my “condition”—you can choose various goals (like Get Strong, which is increased weight and reps for strength or Get Toned, which is light weights and intervals, among others), choose your skill level, and you’ll get workouts to choose from.
For my first time, I did a 15-minute Ab Burner workout. The moves are listed, along with the duration for the move, and you can click on the thumbnail for pictures of the move in action and instructions. Plug into your headphones, and you’ll have a trainer who cues you on form and who will count down your duration for you. (I have to listen for my name to be called by the gym daycare over the intercom system, so I just do it sans headphones.) It logs your progress, and you can go back and see what workouts you did.
This system is perfect for me. And I know that the fitness apps out there are endless, so I’m not exactly sure why it’s taken me this long to get on board. But now that I’ve seen how easy and awesome it is, I think I’m going to go a little app-happy. No more workout amnesia for me! Plus, my ab workout had my abs burning, so I’m excited to try more full-body workouts.
Anyone else have the same gym forgetfulness I do? Do you go high-tech to cure it? —Erin