Summer vacation fitness quest, Day 5

One more day of school left and school summer break will be officially on. The kids were off school today due to exam schedules. So, we took them to the gym to bond while working out. Rockwell Hall Fitness Center allows kids 12 and over to workout, except in the weight room. We had a blast too and will definitely bring the kids with us again to the gym.  Cost of gym = free. How did I utilize this free gym today to help me get fit for our nearing summer vacation? Read more below.

My Wish List

I want to tone my arms and abdominal muscles.  Anything else that gets toned with it is a bonus.

My chosen activity for the day

Matrix Stair Step = 10 minutes, 32 floors climbed

Marpo Kinetics Compact Climber = 15 minutes, 1,950 feet climbed

Raquetball = 30 minutes

Day 5 of my toning quest

This is by far the most fun I’ve had in the gym in the 5 days I’ve gone, simply because I had a lot of fun with my kids. I spent a few minutes orienting them with the different equipments, watching them try it out, and soon after I was exercising with them.

If I thought Day 4 workout equipment was boring, the stair step workout tops the cake for me! Watching others utilizing it the previous 3 days I’ve been going to the gym shoud have been a good indication! Since it activated my lower extremities only, I was really struggling keeping enough motivation to finish 10 minutes. If there was a need for music or audiobooks while working out, this would be the perfect time.  I suggest checking the freebies offered by your local library to save on audiobooks and music.

You see, I, myself, couldn’t go faster than the pace I was going, I tried. At risking falling off, I decided to just bear the slow steady pace. I don’t go up the stairs this slow, ever. Also, it gave me a bit of motion sickness. I’m not sure if I’ll use this machine again; but I could feel my muscle at work during the 10 minutes though.

Where I felt the most muscle workout on this machine:

  • inner thighs
  • front thighs

After I did the stair steps, I tried the rope machine, to balance the body workout. This one I really like. While sitting, I was pulling the vertical rope down towards me. It’s supposed to be a whole upper torso workout. I was doing a slow steady pace at level 5. Before I know it, 15 minutes have gone by.

Rope climber

When I changed the screen mode, it showed I climbed an equivalent of 1,950 feet! Now, I’m going to tell you, I’ve never climbed a rope successfully to the top at any gym before. My arms, or core, are simply not strong enough; but, seeing that many feet on my screen makes me think I just may be able to do it someday. I will definitely use this  machine again.

Where I felt the most muscle workout on this machine:

  • triceps
  • biceps
  • hands
  • abdominal

After the two machines, I went and played racquetball with the fam. This is my very first time playing racquetball. Actually, the first time for my whole family. Needless to say, we don’t know how to play the game. We just basically kept the ball moving by bouncing the ball off any wall in the rectangular room. I have to say, it’s a workout despite not knowing how to play. And maybe even more of a workout since we were working hard to dodge the ball. haha We had so much fun. The kids didn’t want to leave. We will definitely play this again.

Total gym time = 120 minutes.

A more scenic alternative to exercise

A great scenic alternative to rope climbing in a gym can be found at Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 36th street. Here you will find a set of rope climber among other fitness equipment that utilizes no weight except your own body.

Hillier Ignite Fitness Park at Oceanfront

This place is amazing and is only 2 years old. The place is called Hillier (Ignite) Fitness Park and reminds me of gymnastic gymnasium.

My kid up the 20+ feet high rope climb at Oceanfront Hillier Ignite Fitness Park

Other equipment that can be found here are:

  • High Bars 
  • Low Bar 
  • Parallel Bars
  • Level Ring Climber
  • Slackline Posts
  • Swing-a-long Rings
  • Low Parallel Bars
  • Balance Beam
  • Multipurpose Post

We typically go late in the afternoon to avoid the blazing heat. I try to bring a beach blanket and picnic basket too when we go to relax while the kids play. This is definitely geared more towards adults; but, it doesn’t stop my kids.

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.

If you have been tracking my fitness escapades since Day 1, you can see that I’m no gym expert. What gym equipment is your go to equipment at the gym?

Until next time.

Mabuhay!