Scenic Workout Locale, Part 3

This morning marks my 3rd time going to the gym to work on getting fit before we go on our vacation this summer. I’m excited to spend a few days with my family in a beach house at the Outer Banks, OBX. It’s going to be a blast going down memory lane for sure with my sisters. Since it’s free and offers so much equipment to get in shape, we once again headed out to the Rockwell Hall Fitness Center at Little Creek. While I do try to stay active on days I don’t go to the gym, I have decided to just keep track of my indoor gym toning quest. I am hoping that in publicly posting my exercise regimen, it will help me stay motivated and accountable for my well being.

My Wish List

I want to tone my arms and abs. These are the areas where I store my fat first.

My Chosen Activity for Today

  • Versa Climber = 22 minutes,  941 feet climbed
  • Exercise Ball = 3 repetitions of 20 count each, crunch exercise
  • Stretching = 6 minutes

Day 3 of my toning quest was a success

I didn’t do any targeted exercises during the weekend, aside from walking. However, I was feeling a slight muscle soreness on my upper arm area from Day 2 from doing upper torso exercises last Friday.

Today, I tried the Versa Climber for the first time. Took my time, slow and steady. This exercise equipment offers a full body workout. I could feel my love handles getting a workout. Although, I didn’t feel an abdominal workout on this one.

Versa Climber at Little Creek gym

Around the 20 minute mark, I could feel my weight on my feet. I didn’t want to push myself more to avoid the risk of hurting my self. I did sweat the most on this equipment as compared to the row machine and the elliptical machine.

Where I felt the most muscle exercise on this machine:

  • hands
  • deltoids
  • biceps
  • calves
  • feet

Since my full body, except for my abs, got a good workout, I opted for an exercise ball next to target my abs. I didn’t do much on it but a simple crunch exercise. I could definitely feel the crunches; however, I got a bit motion sick on the exercise ball so I didn’t do more than what I mentioned above.

Total gym time = 45 minutes.

A more scenic alternative to exercise

The Versa Climber resembled rock climbing to me. I couldn’t find a similar approach to this exercise from experience since I’ve never been rock climbing. However, there is an indoor rock climbing and bouldering here off Newton Road that I have taken my kids to.

What I can offer for a scenic alternative is walking up and down stair steps. Ofcourse, this only mimics the lower part exercise of the Versa Climber; but, it is the closest I have to outdoor rock climbing for the time being, especially as a newb to physical fitness.

A great free place to get this done is at Mount Trashmore, off Independence Blvd. It is a city park built on layers of solid waste and clean soil. Don’t worry, it is safe to exercise there. The man made mountain is 60 feet in height and the park is approximately 43 years old.

Mount Trashmore Park, 1 of the 3 stairs located within the park

If stair climbing is not your thing, this park also offers a paved walk way around the circumference of a man made lake, which is approximately 1.5 miles. There are 3 different trails at this park, each more than a mile long or you can trek up and down the mountain and hills to activate more muscles. You can definitely get a workout here traversing the trails and hills, with or without your dog, very pet/family-friendly.

Mount Trashmore Park

As a bonus, this park has picnic shelters and bbq grills that is perfect for a picnic, as well as a large playground and skate park for the kids or for the young at heart.

Mount Trashmore Skate Park
Mount Trashmore Skate Park

To check out the other amenities offered at this park, click here. I do not get any compensation to promote this place. 

Don’t forget your sunscreen. Water fountains are available at certain areas of this park.

Park closes at sundown, which differs in each season.

Please consult with your doctor(s) regarding starting an exercise regimen.  Your doctor(s) will be able to help you create a goal based on your medical history.  Please also listen to your body, it will tell you if it’s had enough.

The exercise regimen I have provided on this post, or my other posts, is for information purposes only and should not be taken as a exercise regimen advice. I am not a professional.  Thank you for understanding.

What are your favorite outdoor places around your town to exercise at? Please share.

Until next time.



2 thoughts on “Scenic Workout Locale, Part 3”

  1. Have fun at the outer banks! You’ve been working so hard on your fitness journey, you totally deserve it. I just got back to the gym after two really busy weeks and it felt so good to run again. But my legs definitely feel like jelly now.

    1. I totally get that. I’ve been there too. I try not to overwork myself since I don’t regularly workout until lately. I would like to get back to running and join some run races again. Time will tell if that’s still an option for my knees. How do you nurse muscle strain or soreness after a good workout? Tips?

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