Mike and I have joined the gym. For the last 3 years or so, we have been very good about going to the gym and working out with our personal trainers, Ray and George at The Training Floor (hi, guys!). We both think we are in the best shape of our lives, or for Mike, at least on par when he was playing football in high school and college.
We have really missed being in the habit for the last few months and decided to get back at it. We got a few referrals from other folk we have met here and I went out and did some recon. Gyms here are pretty similar to home, but usually a lot smaller. There are a couple of chains and a lot more smaller, independent gyms.
A new gym opened by our apartment in April, and we had both heard about it independently, so we decided to check it out. It is called Elixia and it is the closest thing we found to our big gym in Stamford. It has two levels of space, a variety of classes, and lots of cardio machines. The best thing is, it’s practically empty. How I looooove having my own gym! We went on both Saturday and Sunday and at what we thought were pretty peak times and there were maybe 2 or 3 other people using the cardio equipment at the same time as us.
There are five TVs that you can watch while you work out. One of the best things in Finland is the amount of American TV we get. I was able to watch 3 episodes of “Friends” back-to-back on Sunday while I worked out. I am sure I saw these episodes back in the ‘90s when they aired at home, but it has been so long they were practically new to me! Mike got a kick out of how much I was laughing out loud watching them.
We have our first personal training sessions this Thursday. They train only during the week, so we do miss being able to do that on Saturday mornings. I think it will make it difficult to get two sessions in a week by just doing it in the evening. We’ll see how that goes. There are also a lot of different classes you can take, everything from spinning to Zumba. And the Finns looooove their Zumba!
We’re glad to have found Elixia and hope we can make it as much part of our routine as Planet Fitness and The Training Floor were in Stamford.