BoxLife Fitness Training #241
BoxLife Fitness Training #241: Gym Next Flex Timer Review
GymNext Flex Timers are great for those who want to save money and don’t have time to train at their own place. They’re also perfect if you need extra motivation to get yourself fit.
However, they aren’t very effective when it comes to building muscle mass or losing fat because the timer only counts your sets and reps, not your rest periods between them.
You might think that you could just use a treadmill to burn calories while you’re working out, but there’s one major problem with this method: You still have to walk around a lot during your workout. And since most treadmills only count steps, not actual calories burned, you’ll end up burning fewer than the number of steps.
That means even though you’ve been counting your steps, your total calorie expenditure will be less than what would’ve happened had you walked around outside instead!
What’s worse, many treadmills have a built-in stop button that makes them useless for weight loss purposes. If you really want to lose weight without exercising outside, then you’d better stick with the treadmill and use it as little as possible.
The other option is to buy a gym next door fitness machine called gymnext. These machines allow you to exercise anywhere within the same physical space, so you won’t have to move around much at all during your workouts.
They look similar to stationary bikes except there are no pedals. Instead, you stand directly on top of two metal footplates that move up and down.
Each footplate has an oversized pedal connected to it with a spring mechanism. The handlebars are located directly in front of you and have built-in pulse and calorie counters. There’s also a fan right above the handlebars so you can keep cool during your workouts. The machine is designed to be incredibly comfortable, and the spring helps make your workouts less tedious.
Nobody knows exactly how it works, but when you stand on the footplates and pedal, your body starts mimicking running or biking motions even though you’re just standing still. The machine automatically calibrates to your weight and measures your heart rate every few minutes.
It then uses these numbers to calculate how many calories you burn during each session.
Even though it’s an ingenious invention, the machine isn’t perfect. For one thing, you still need to use it on a regular basis if you want to see continuous weight loss results.
If you stop using it for more than a few days, the calibration resets itself to where it was when you first started working out. Of course, this means you have to pedal for an extended period of time at the beginning of each workout in order for it to accurately measure your calories burned.
The other problem is that you can’t use it for more than an hour at a time. The fine print in the user agreement states that frequent and extended use of the machine can cause health problems, so you’ll need to take breaks after each hour.
The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to cool down, so you can get right back on again if you want to push yourself.
There’s no monthly fee for using the equipment. Instead, the company pays for itself by claiming a portion of your monthly weight loss.
So the more you use it, the more money they make. There’s also no limit on how long you can use it each day, so you’re free to come back whenever you like.
In order to help sell their product, the company is giving away free one-day passes to try it out. They never disclose exactly what’s in the contract you sign though.
The free one-day pass expires tomorrow, so you’d better decide if it’s worth it or not.
Would you like to:
Use the treadmill and bike for your workouts?
Or Sign up for the free one-day pass at the gym? If you pick the treadmill and bike, go to Page 2
If you sign up for the free pass, go to Page 3
You decide to stick with what you know and buy a treadmill. It’s the same one you used during your training sessions, so you’re already comfortable with it.
You also buy an iPod adaptor and some new earphones so you can listen to music while you work out. The total comes out to $1,200 which is no small chunk of change for a weekly paycheck, but it will pay off in the long run. You use your last paycheck to pay for it all and set up an automatic payment through your bank so you don’t have to worry about paying next week’s bill.
You quickly get into the habit of going to the gym every lunch break and either run or walk a couple miles while listening to music. On days when you don’t have much time and need to burn more calories, you use the treadmill’s built-in programs to simulate hilly terrain or sprint intervals.
Your consistent exercise routine pays off. Not only do you lose weight, but your daily mood improves as well.
The more you use the treadmill, the less your knees and back hurt because your body becomes stronger and more flexible. You notice a decrease in your body fat percentage, improved cardiovascular health, and an increase in muscle tone all thanks to the treadmill.
To your surprise, you even learn how to have fun while working out. You pick up some tips and techniques from listening to music and podcasts about running, and you even buy a cheap mp3 player to load with songs.
The time flies by as you alternate between songs, podcasts, and audiobooks while on the treadmill.
You find that listening to audio files is a much more fun when you’re doing something else at the same time. You also find that you can burn more calories and improve your mood even on days when you don’t have time to go to the gym.
Not needing to stop for breaks or lunch means that you get more work done too. Your productivity at work noticeably increases, allowing you to finish all of your work well before quitting time.
As a result, your paycheck is a little bigger than usual this week (but not as big as it would be if you weren’t working out at all).
The increased confidence and energy that you feel on a daily basis is just a welcome bonus to your improved health. You’re really glad you decided to sign up for the free pass after all.
Now it’s time to continue…
Next Week: Unexpected Guests
You are sharing in the joy of reaching a big goal.
Why not celebrate with some online shopping?
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You have plenty of reasons to celebrate right now.
Why not go out and meet some new people?
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You’ve been working out a lot lately and have started to feel like you’re in college again.
Maybe it’s time to go out and meet some people your own age? What could it hurt?
You spend the rest of the day looking at local events and find one that sounds interesting…
The town museum is putting on a special exhibit on the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. They’ve managed to acquire some actual relics from the Minoans, Mycenians, and even an intact Corinthian helmet!
There’s also to be a celebration of the opening of a new bar owned by some famous movie director’s daughter. She recently moved back to the town with her filmmaker husband and they plan on having live music and a big party after the exhibit opening. Should be a great way to spend an evening in town.
Sometime around noon, you go to the gym and find that you’re the only one there. This makes you a little nervous, but after a few minutes of walking on the treadmill and listening to your music, you start to feel more at ease.
What could possibly happen?
After you’ve had enough, you quickly shower and get ready to go out. You buy a ticket for the exhibit, and then decide whether or not you’re going to head over to the bar for the celebration.
It’s still pretty early, so you decide to go to the exhibit and then head over when more people start to show up. The exhibit is amazing, and you spend a few hours marveling at the craftsmanship that went into the various statues and pottery on display.
After leaving the museum, you see a large group of people outside. They all seem to be having a good time and there are even a few odd-looking vehicles with signs on the sides around them.
Must be the party. It looks like so much fun that you approach the bouncer and ask him how much it would cost to get in.
“The exhibit and the party are free, but there’s a $20 charge to help support our sport teams,” he tells you after asking for your ID.
You pay him and get your hand stamped. He points you toward the food spread and alcohol stations, and says that there’s live music and dancing in the back.
You look around and see a lot of people your age laughing and talking while some people are dancing to the band. You also spot some people playing ping pong, and walking over to a table where there are some paddles and a ping pong ball, you pick one up and prepare to play…
You play a few games of ping pong and are having a great time when you see the girl with the long brown hair and big eyes from the museum. She’s standing by herself, and doesn’t look like she’s having a good time.
You walk over to her, smile, and say,
Is this your first time at one of these parties?”
She looks at you for a second and then smiles. “I might ask you the same thing.”
“I think I saw you at the museum today. I was the guy playing ping pong,” you say with a smile.
She laughs. “Yeah, that’s where I saw you.
This isn’t really my scene, I’m more of a rock concert girl myself, but my roommate is dating the lead singer of the band so I couldn’t miss this.”
Which one was she?”
you ask, not recognizing any of the band members.
“The lead singer. The one with the black hair that was really tall.”
“Oh, yeah. She was pretty cool looking,” you say, remembering her now that she’s mentioned.
“Thanks,” she smiles. “I’m Helena by the way.”
You continue talking with Helena until the party starts to wind down. You get her phone number and agree to meet up the next night.
The following day you head out to one of the local restaurants that has $5All-You-Can-Eat pizza slices. She really likes the idea of that and after you finish up you’re both ready to head back to your place.
Later that night you’re in your bed and she’s cuddled up next to you. You run your fingers through her hair and kiss her on the forehead, silently thinking,
This relationship is going places.
You’re having a great first year of college. School is easier than you thought it would be, and you’ve already gotten a few invitations to join various groups.
In fact, if you could just get Helena to stop talking for longer than a minute without getting irritated, everything would be perfect.
While at the library one day, you decide to make up a little questionnaire for your survey. There are questions on general likes and dislikes as well as political and religious views.
Anything and everything that might be related to happiness. After a week you have compiled almost a hundred responses.
The next time you meet up with Helena, you say, “I have a surprise for you.”
Her eyes widen and she gets quiet, which is a very good sign. You take out your phone and search through your notes app to find the results.
After looking them over a few times yourself, you look up at her and say,
“Okay, out of 100 people, 48 prefer Beatles, 33 like Rolling Stones, and 25 are indifferent.”
“Wow,” she says. “That’s a really small margin.
I thought for sure the results would be the other way around.”
“Yeah, I was surprised too. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll even out when you do this many more times.
Now for your results. Out of 100 people, 44 find you very likable, 48 think you’re okay, and 8 think you’re ugly.”
! I’m not even that ugly! And I thought we were going out, not that we were dating everyone at the college.”
You try to calm her down, but it’s no good. She storms out, leaving you there all alone with your statistics.
After college you find yourself back at home, not knowing what to do with your life. Your sister is in high school still, and your dad has already left for work, so you’re home alone.
You head into the living room and slump down on the couch where you proceed to turn on the TV and flip through the channels. Though you aren’t really paying attention to any of the programs.
Should I have worded the questionnaire differently? How could I make the next one better so I don’t piss anyone off? Would it really be all that bad if someone got mad at me?
Helena wasn’t really that ugly.
Or was she?”
Your mind wanders. You can’t think of anything else except for Helena and that stupid survey you made. After a few moments, you jump up and run to your room.
The weeks that follow are hell for you. You can’t even go to class without thinking about Helena, and if she’s with some other guy or something.
You just hate everything. You live at home with your family since you have no motivation to do anything anymore. You don’t even eat much anymore.
One night, you’re lying in bed thinking about stupid stuff like you always do. You begin to think about how unfair it is that some people have much better lives than they deserve, and then you think about how you have such a great life and think what kind of horrible person you must be for thinking such thoughts.
You start to cry, when you hear a knock at the door. Expecting it to be your dad, you quickly wipe your eyes and nose and say, “Come in.”
Instead of dad, Helena opens the door. You didn’t expect to ever see her again.
You don’t know if you’re happy or sad to see her.
Is this a bad time?”
You’re speechless for a moment since you weren’t expecting this. You probably look horrible right now with puffy eyes and runny nose.
I know we haven’t spoken since the last time I saw you in your dorm room. But I’ve been thinking about what you told me after I felt horrible for weeks. You were right, of course. I should have thought about how you might feel as a person who actually has a heart.”
“Yeah…” is all you can really say right now.
“Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about you since our last meeting. I know this is going to sound weird, but I really want us to be together,” she says.
“Yeah! I really like you! I think we’d make a great couple if we just gave it a chance.”
At this point, you’re crying again, but for an entirely different reason. This time, they’re happy tears.
You’ve been feeling so alone and helpless for weeks, but now Helena is here to save you.
“I knew it…
I knew you felt the same way,” she says wiping your tears away.
“You don’t know how happy you’ve made me right now.”
Without another word, you embrace her and kiss her as if your life depended on it. She returns your kiss with equal passion.
Then, after a few minutes, you remember something.
“We don’t need to be alone anymore. We’ll be together forever.”
she asks with a puzzled look on her face.
“We’ll live together.”
Her eyes widen as she grins from ear to ear.
Are you sure?”
“Of course I’m sure! I love you, and I want to be with you forever.”
She hugs and kisses you again as you both walk out of your room and downstairs towards the front door. You leave the house to go find an apartment.
You and Helena walk down many streets, looking at many apartments. Eventually, you see one that seems perfect for the two of you. It’s cheap, it’s large, and it’s close to your job.
You end up getting double pneumonia for walking around without a coat in the freezing cold looking for an apartment, but it’s all worth it. You have a new life with your new girlfriend.
You live happily ever after.
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