First Day Back at the Gym

Well…I did it. I survived my first day back at the gym.

After not belonging to one for about 5 years, it felt a little foreign to walk back in.


Every gym has its own culture, it’s own way of doing things. And when you’re new, it always feels a little bit like the first day of school. Where is the locker room? Do people change out in the open or in changing rooms? HOW IN THE WORLD DO I GET MY LOCKER OPEN? (Struggled like the new kid for about 10 minutes on that one).

I went today for my “Orientation” – which, to be honest, was pretty much a waste of time for the most part. The sweet trainer showed me how to work the elliptical machines, the treadmills, etc. Got it.

But the one part that did prove useful was the TANITA Body Composition Analyzer. I have no idea how accurate this method is, but at least it provides a starting point. According to their analysis, this is where I am today:

Age: 30 (will be 31 on Monday…eek)

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 146.2 lbs

BMI: 23.6

Fat%: 29.2% (Desirable range is 21-33%)

Fat Mass: 42.81 lbs (Desirable range 27-51 lbs)
Fat Free Mass: 103.41 lbs
Total Water: 75.8 lbs

All of that is to say that I currently fall within what is “healthy”, but I’m on the high end of those ranges when it comes to fat % and fat mass. No surprise there. Like I said…I’m squishy.

The encouraging part? I pulled out some TANITA scores I have from December 2009 (four months before I started this blog), and my starting weight is 10 pounds less than it was then. Not to mention the fact that I’ve had two babies since then.

I feel like I’m a good starting point and my biggest goal is to firm up and get stronger. I didn’t hit the weights at all today – just did about 10 minutes on the Arc trainer after my orientation. Not exactly a quality workout, but it is a start and I enjoyed getting a little sweaty glow.


I’m planning to go back tomorrow morning with a workout plan in my hands. Now I just have to figure out what that plan will be. I’ve heard good things about Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer so I’m thinking about starting there. It’s a 12 week program, and looks tough, but it just might be doable. But I’m open to other ideas if you have any!

What are you using as your current workout plan (inside or outside a gym)?


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3 Responses to First Day Back at the Gym

  1. Congrats on making it back to the gym! I hope this journey is a great one for you! You’ve got this 🙂

  2. This is very relatable, gyms can be so intimidating! I’ve done so many embarrassing things trying to figure mine out but I finally feel pretty comfortable there. Great job getting back in there!

  3. Ara

    You are a brave little toaster for posting those #’s. I don’t know if I would have the guts to post those specifics about my body! Great job getting back to the gym. I hear ya, I HATE trying out new gyms. I feel uncomfortable, I’ve got to try & figure everything out like you mentioned. I’m proud of you though! Keep up the awesome work! I just started a new workout plan. I just started my official training plan for my 1/2 Ironman in September. I found it online for free.

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