SGX C2W1D2: Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It’s home to workout I go!

I did something pretty bad this weekend.

No, no, it’s not about food.

It’s about money.

I’ve been coveting a set of Powerblock selectable weight dumbbells for a while, and while I was on the other side of town this weekend I took a little trip over to a fitness equipment store near the Oviedo Marketplace mall that carried said Powerblocks. I only meant to LOOK at the things and try them out, but, to make a long story short, the store owner offered me 10% off the $349 price tag and the next thing I knew I was loading up my car with a set of Powerblock Elite dumbbells.

Powerblock Elite Set

Yes, it was something of an impulse buy.

Yes, I have a perfectly good gym membership.

Yes, I can get by without such posh dbells.

But no, I won’t take them back. They are my preciousssssssssssss.

While taking up less than one cubic foot of storage space, I now have the equivalent of 16 pairs of dumbbells (2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.5, 20, 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 lbs). Between my new Powerblocks, a stability ball, the mini cycle, and the cardio, cable, and lever machines in the fitness room at my apartment complex, I can do just about any exercise that doesn’t require a barbell, so I am going to drop my Gold’s Membership for about 10 months (which should pay for the Powerblocks) and just workout at home with a combination of free weights and the P90X program. I’m planning a move to my own condo or house at the end of December anyhow, so I’d most likely have to find a new gym at that point anyway. I figure that I can take advantage of the free fitness room through December, and then go on a full cycle of P90X at the beginning of January (or–gasp!–run OUTSIDE while it is still cool) to tide me over until I decide if another gym membership is needed at the end of March, when the New Year’s crowds have thinned.

I’ll be kind of sad to give up the atmosphere of the gym, but being budget-conscious comes first. I’ve only been using the gym for their free weight selection; I never take any of the classes as I am Ms. Anti-Social Fitness Bitch when working out. If I need motivation, I’ll just head to a mall, beach, or I-Drive and take a look at what average Americans are becoming, and contrast that with the photos in my latest issue of Oxygen.

In regards to SGX–I will take starting pictures and measurements tomorrow morning so I’ll have a baseline for comparison in 4 weeks. I’m also testing out my custom Handbase workout module that lets me track BFL, P90X, and SGX workouts and cardio all in one program. So far, so good. I’m using the default interface, which is somewhat spartan, but perhaps I’ll create some data entry forms that will make things easier as I go along. Gotta do something between lifting sets, right?

Nutrition: SGX Non-Training Day Menu
(Details omitted by request of trainer)

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter, 1 t. GNC Creastack
Water: 16 cups minimum

12:00 PM HIIT Cardio – Run (20 minutes)
12:20 PM LISS Cardio – Walk (3.5 mph / 10% incline / 20 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Had some Kashi Go Lean cereal for meal 6 instead of planned meal. Calories remained on target.

Brownie Points:
1. Dropped from 137.2 to 135.4 lbs since yesterday despite going back on creatine and munching cereal at 10 pm. Ah, the joys of SGX.
2. Not feeling too groggy yet from diet change.

Short-term Goals:
1. Make some fresh salad dressing.
2. Bulk cook chicken.
3. Do the dishes.
4. Do the laundry.
5. Clean bathroom.
6. Make non-dairy, high fiber protein bars with new ATW protein powder, PB, and Fiber One.

15 thoughts on “SGX C2W1D2: Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It’s home to workout I go!

  1. Hey, stop gallivanting around the country taking fitness courses and you could easily get a set. :slappy:

  2. :barbells: You go girl! Only if she’ll share those new toys, maybe i’ll start lifting with her. I promise to teach ya some Martial Arts too. Love ya, Chris

  3. Aww come on – I’m taking sword fighting to the masses – tell me that isn’t just as much fun as those things!!!!

    I want both, WHY can’t I have BOTH!??!?!:cyclops:

  4. That’s how i justified my bike! The bike pays for itself in 3 months in what I pay for gas! Nice tightwaddery!

  5. Oh, that’s totally understandable. I gave in with BeachBody–between eBates money back and a free trial, how can you go wrong? :barbells:

    I’ve wanted Powerblocks for a while, but I haven’t tested them out–I did however test out the Bowflex version of them, and those were pretty nifty too–and prettier lookin if I do say so myself. I’ll have to read the reviews btw the two; although I’m not sure how the two go up against eachother in price either. What do you think, Maggie?

  6. Oh yea! You know you can always buy that bar attachment and make your set into a nice ole barbell, right? Hehehe.

  7. Maggie i own the power blocks and the sport blocks. :barbells: I LOVE Them.. I love the padded grip handles that dont chew up my hands and give me calicous (sp)

    ENJOY! They are (and you) are worth it! :claplow:

  8. ooooh I want I want I want
    Give us a good honest review of how well they work, i.e. comfy, fast change, etc!

    I’d love to not have to elbow mirror-entranced goofballs with terrible form out of the way to reach my weights…

  9. Awesome! I was coveting those yesterday :drool2:. I even made up a little spreadsheet to show that buying the bumbbells would cost just as much. At least that’s what my spreadsheet showed :whistle: . I didn’t think to do the old membership suspension at Gold’s. Brilliant!. I’ll have to factor that in.

  10. So far so good with the powerblocks. I’ve done one upper body workout and one leg workout with them and haven’t run into any issues yet. 😀 Changing weights only takes about 5-20 seconds depending on whether I need to do anything with the 2.5 lb cyclinder weights in the handles. :dbell:

  11. Don’t those wrist supports get in the way? i.e. dumbell leg extensions
    what did you do for your leg workout?

  12. I’ve been lookin at those things too… They seem more compact than the bowflex weights. Even if you go down to 5lbs on the bowflexes, they’ll still be the same length. The powerblocks seem to feel like they’re higher quality as well… Also, the bowflexes are the same price and are not expandable. I wouldnt feel bad about the impulse buy… you got a good deal.

    So, uh, I just have one question for ya… where did you get them from? I’m want a set :drool2: .

  13. Powerblocks are better than the bowflex ones. They are much sturdier and if you get the elites they go up to 130 pounds per with addon plates. But my god are they expensive.

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