Monday, March 9, 2009

Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Before I moved I was on a strict workout schedule.  I was running three days a week and boxing on two.  I was getting in the best shape of my life and even had muscles!  Little ones but they were there. The move, unfortunately, took my "guns" away.
Not Me
It's hard to keep that type of workout schedule up through as big of a life-changing situation as a move and it all fell apart just about immediately. Not only was I going out every night exploring Soulard, but I wasn't working out at all. The most exercise I did was a quick run when the weather was nice and we're talking about January so that was rare at best. What I needed was a gym.
I would have loved to have continued the high-intensity cardio classes at an LA Boxing. It's literally an hour of beating the shit out of a heavy bag. It's one of the hardest workouts you'll ever have and it's fun as hell. St Louis is LA Boxingless of course even though it is a franchise (any takers?). I looked around for something similar but all I could find was the more Tae-bo type classes.  I'm sure those are fun but I needed something a little more intense. 
It was about this time that a couple of Chicago friends decided they'd come down to run the St Louis Marathon relay-style.  It's essentially a 6 1/2 mile race for me and I had been slacking.  I needed a gym and fast.
So you're in a fairly major city and you think a popular neighborhood like Soulard would have a gym. Yes, I believe you would. But you'd be wrong.  And don't feel bad because I was wrong too. So now I have to go a little out of the way. It's not that big a deal in the end.  It's like a 5 minute drive. I found Fitness Factory in the Washington Ave Loft District using trusty Google Maps as my guide. Not only is it reasonably priced compared to Chicago gyms but everything is new and shiny. They provide locked lockers and even gated parking.  I declare this gym... Awesome.
Well, not really. It's just a gym but it is nice. FYI guys, that chick on the website does not workout there. At least not in the regular person gym. Either way, short story short, I quickly fell back into my running schedule but do miss the boxing. Someone open an LA Boxing. In Soulard? Please? I need my mini-muscles back.  I swear I had em!


Anonymous said...

South Broadway Athletic Club in Soulard is a Boxing Gym.

Jim Barnthouse said...

Yeah I think it's a "real" boxing gym though. I'm not much of a "real" boxer. But thanks JP!

Anonymous said...

You know I just showed up for the post's title.