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Jetts - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
I'm joining the Jetts gym under my work today. Previously I have expressed my dislike of gyms, my disgust with the amount they charge, their standover tactics to get poor insecure sods to join up, and their retarded lock-in contracts, but with the arrival of Jetts I have had to reconsider my attitude (in this one case, anyway. Other gyms still suck. Hopefully the Jetts model will push them out of business.)

The idea of Jetts is that each branch is a small, automated and mostly-unmanned gym with state-of-the-art equipment and a card-swipe system of entry for members. You can enter the gym and work out ANY time of the day, even 3am if that's what floats your boat. Your membership fees are not going toward the rental of an entire enormous building, or a pool you won't use, or any unnecessary bullshit - the equipment available is nice but basic in variety: treadmills, rowing machines, cycling machines, and some weight machines.

For those who get incredibly bored when the body is engaged but the mind is not, all Jetts treadmills and cycling machines have built-in TV screens which run cable TV channels, as well as offering various inputs so you can run your laptop, iPod Video or portable DVD player through the screen to watch your own movies while you work out. Headphones are required so that you don't create noise pollution. The place is air-conned and as quiet as a library. Very nice atmosphere.

The desk is staffed for short set hours each day, for new signups and just in case you need advice from a pro; I believe that some form of personal training is offered too (though I've always felt more comfortable doing stuff on my own.)

Most importantly, there are no contracts per se. You pay a fortnightly fee via direct debit. By giving a month's notice, you can quit with no fees or charges at ANY time. The fortnightly fee is $21.95, and can be discounted further if you join with a family member.

I've always said you shouldn't need a gym if you're able to walk to and from work, but I tripped myself up there when I moved just a little bit too far away for practicality (it's an hour's walk each way) and succumbed to the extremely hot summer we just had. So I laid on the pudge this year. Now, and for the rest of my life, it will always be easy for me to pudge up, as I was a fat teenager - you never get RID of fat cells once they're created, you just empty them and leave them there WAITING (the bastards!). For me to stay the trim little size 8 (or size 4 if you're in America, whatevs) that I am capable of being, I need to excercise at least an hour every workday, and eat small amounts regularly, like a bird. It sucks because I really freaking love delicious foods, but at 5'3, my body requires very little.

The pole dancing and pole-pump classes I'm doing for fitness are fun but are primarily building muscle and flexibility; I need aerobic exercise on top of that, and in a format where summer temps / rain / time constraints aren't as much of an issue as they are with the walking-to-and-from-work dealie.

So I must make my peace with the concept of Gyms, as I'm joining one today.

In other news, tonight the workmates and I are having another party at Aaron's place - more Rock Band, some Buzz, lots of drinks and fun times. If the last one was anything to go by, it will be freaking awesome!

Also, I'm currently a guinea pig for science, taking part in a flu vaccine trial. For some reason, I didn't bruise in the slightest at the vaccine injection site, but on the other arm where they took a (surprisingly large) blood sample, I've come up in an amazing colorful bruise with a clear needle-mark in the middle of it. I look like a frickin' junkie. It's weird because it didn't hurt at the time. Work-Liz's theory is that pole dancing exacerbates bruising of any sort (as well as creating bruises of it's own.) Pole dancers wear their bruises with great pride, much like animators wear their misshapenly-calloused middle-right-finger with pride. Why is it that every hobby I get into winds up causing me bodily harm?

Still, hooray for science! I got my blood pressure taken (it's healthy!), a pregnancy test (I'm not!) and a free digital thermometer with which I have to record my temperature every night for a week (so far it's always 36.9c!). Then I got to watch Oprah with one of the doctors for half an hour. Awesome.
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macbeemer From: macbeemer Date: March 13th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how everyone seems to be joining a gym or commenting about their fitness plans as of late. It totally motivates me to work my ass off.

Bah. Size 4. You can bite me.

tania From: tania Date: March 13th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I can bite myself! D: I'm not a size 4 anymore! And it's going to take me at least 6 months of miserable hard work to get back there, and a bloody lifetime of maintenance to STAY there. Curse my strong womanly Germanic stock!

I wonder what's with this resurgence in workout interest from everyone? I would have expected such a thing of early January, not so much mid-March!
mersades From: mersades Date: March 13th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Curse my strong womanly Germanic stock!

Ha! I understand that! I'm a mix of Polish and German - I have sturdy bones but it's a pain to remind my body that it doesn't need to horde every calorie like I'm going to grow and feed triplets.
tania From: tania Date: March 14th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I try to comfort myself with the thought that if I were ever involved in a plane crash in the Alps, my sturdy calorie-hoarding ass would probably survive longer than everyone else... and then I realise as far as comforting thoughts go, that's just kinda creepy.
darkwingpsycho From: darkwingpsycho Date: March 13th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
That gym sounds fanTABulous!! I wish there was one here! And DANG, you're a size 4?? Wish I could say that -- we're the same height! I've put on a little weight since not being able to go to a gym on a regular basis. I hope you end up liking Jetts as much as you hope to! :D
tania From: tania Date: March 14th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Dang, no, I didn't explain that well enough - I am capable of being a size 4, and was last year, but I've packed on the chub over this last summer because it was so hot and humid I never wanted to leave the house. D: I've gained a couple of dress sizes. With the sort of workouts I'm doing now, and a little extra strictness in food, I should be able to get back to a size 4 by midyear at a nice, slow, healthy rate. Fingers crossed. I don't want to have to buy new clothes! ;)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: March 13th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a FANTASTIC way to run a gym, and I hope that they exist over here as well.
stonelizard From: stonelizard Date: March 13th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my Gawd, where is this gym located????

Exactly the sort of place I have been looking for. Every month or so I really think I want to join the gym, then I chat to them and realise the crap around most gyms, the pretension and the goddamn expense! This gym sounds grand!!
tania From: tania Date: March 14th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, they're everywhere! Google 'Jetts Fitness' and check the locations list. My particular one is at Taringa, Hammond goes to one at Ashgrove, but the best thing is that a membership to one is a membership to all - I can go to any branch I like! Hopefully there's one somewhere nearish you. :)
mersades From: mersades Date: March 13th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ya know, you're always an inspiration with how you handle your health. I always see pictures of you and think, 'damn, she looks good, nice n' trim. Wish I was that successful. I feel like I still have to work so hard." Then I read this, hear you're also a size four at 5'3", and it makes me realize maybe I didn't do bad - maybe I'm not as fluffy as my once overweight psyche still feels - after all. I'm glad you're still successful,and I'm happy you're still out there kicking some ass to stay there. It helps keeps me going and makes me remember that we went through our Big Weight Loss Adventure at about the same time. I've always thought you are a strong and inspiring woman, and I love to read how you're still going at life like you do.

Thanks again for sharing what you share.
tania From: tania Date: March 14th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I didn't phrase that too well - I'm not a size 4 at the moment, though I'm capable of being one! Nope, I fear I had a lazy summer (it was ridiculously hot and humid for months) and packed on a couple of dress sizes. Nothing I won't be able to lose by midyear with this fitness regime, but I'm annoyed at myself for letting it yoyo like that - it's not healthy.

Still, fitness isn't a "get to the goal and then relax" thing - I have made that mistake before! It's a permenant change in attitude and behaviour, a lifelong adjustment, but we're human and we all trip up now and then. I comfort myself by remembering that the important part is not that I tripped, but that I get up and keep trying.

I can relate to your 'fluffy' feeling, and to the idea that your perception of how you look is not necessarily tied to how you REALLY look. You know, the time I remember being most critical of my appearence was when I was a size 4 (and dropping)... it wasn't a healthy mindset. I may be physically fluffier at the moment but I think this slip has reminded me to love myself regardless... I feel so much better about myself than ever before. And I see my weight for what it is; a simple health issue, not something to beat and berate myself over.

It was inspiring to read about your journey too. I haven't been commenting on your journal much lately, I've been a bit slack. Going to rectify that. :)
11 have fought ~ fight the power!