Friday, April 24, 2009

Shake, Rattle, and ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz!

In my never-ending battle to keep my workouts interesting, I've signed up to use a new exercise machine at the gym. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the Fitvibe.
For those of you who don't know, the Fitvibe is a vibrating machine on which one performs various exercises. According to the fine people at Fitvibe: Exercising on a high quality vibration plate will improve muscle strength, bone density, blood circulation and will make your body leaner and more flexible. A friend of mine at the gym has been using it, and he let me try it for about 30 seconds. It seemed to be really effective, so I figured "Why not?". I was in the midst of a real workout rut, so I thought this might just "shake" things up a bit.*

Of course, like most things in Switzerland, the Fitvibe doesn't come cheap. Also of course, it's not included in my gym membership. In order to use the machine, I have to dish out 1 CHF per minute - or about 87¢ U.S. per minute. The price itself got my heart pumping faster, which I figured was a good thing as far as exercising goes.

And naturally...

In order to use the machine, I first had to sign up for a training session with an instructor that costs 40 CHF. Fortunately, the trainer waived the session fee when I told her beforehand that I would sign up for a 100 minute package. At that point, she told me that she had done a study and found out that if I use the machine for just eight minutes per week, then it's worth it to shell out 400 CHF for the unlimited time for one year package. "Ummmm... Let's start with the 100 minutes, and then we'll see where I go from there." Sheesh!

So, she set me up with an 8-minute (what a coincidence!) workout. I kind of laughed at first. Eight minutes? Was she kidding??? "No, I'm not keeding...", she said. "You sood not use zees machine more zan two, maybe sree times per veek. And also, for not too long - ten minutes sood be enough. If you haf cancer or tumors of any kind, it may cause zem to spret eef you do too much. Also, eef you get zee headache, stop using zee maseen immediately!"

ZZZZZZZiiiiiiiiiiiiippp! (sound of record skipping on turntable!)

What? Hmmmmm... This sounds dangerous. I like that.

I proceeded to do the exercises that, as I requested, would focus on my legs, back, and abdomen. And?

I COULDN'T EVEN DO MORE THAN 30 SECONDS ON SOME OF THE EXERCISES.

That's right. My muscles were giving out!

I've been working out at this gym religiously for the last 6.5 years, and this stupid machine made me feel like I was working out for the first time.

Last night, I was a zombie. Mrs. TBF pointed out this morning that the only dinner preparation I did last night was to make the salad - she did the rest, including the clean-up.

Then, I fell into bed about an hour earlier than usual and slept like a freakin' rock!

This morning? Oh... I'm sore. REALLY SORE!!! But... NO headaches!

I think this Fitvibe thing is going to be good.


*comedic legend in my own mind

2 comments:

Expat Traveler said...

I think my parents bought a machine like that because my dad had to have it. Congrats on making your body hurt! Sounds like a good thing...

The Big Finn said...

I actually feel go right now. I went to the gym this afternoon, skipped the weights, but did 40 minutes on the elliptical trainer, and then stretched for about 10 minutes. Aaaahhhhhh, endorphins!