Hola loyal reader. Join Bruce and Mary as they give a tour of the Shape gym at its new location in Progreso, their favorite beach town. As usual, for those of youÂ who prefer to view these posts from the original blog-site, please click here.
We find ourselves on the beach for the first time in a while, as we are invited to a company party hosted by our generous Canadian friends, Chuck and Joanne. So we do what we always do when we hit the beach, we start the day trip with a good and righteous work-out at our favorite Progreso gym, Shape. But now, since their move to this new location, it is our favorite gym in the world. I know, here I am again doing a jog down hyperbole lane, and make no mistake, Merida does offer modern, high end gyms complete with Olympic swimming pools, such as WW gym. Not only are they expensive (Exersite gym at the Altabrisa shopping center is reported to charge $120US/mo. dues, which they would not even disclose to me until I had participated in the tour and rubber room routine, I declined) but, they have no character, in my mind, and are populated almost exclusively by the Meridano elite. Please understand that we have belonged to full service Golds gyms, back in the states, so we know what these high end gyms have to offer but for our needs, Shape has it all, complete with its own, very cool Mexican ambiance.
I’m at the top of an RDL rep. For the first time in years, I am adding legs to my circuit routine. Since my hip ligament surgery I have not been able to do anything involving hip flexion, and repeated attempts have caused flair-ups. Maybe this time I can get away with it.
Mary is doing leg raise/hip thrusts. Think you got strong abs? Try 20 of these.
Here is a guy spotting his gym buddy on skull-crushers.
I’m at the lat pull-down station.
This is a really crappy pic of the cardio area. Shape has 4 treadmills, 3 stair-climbers, 2 ellipticals, and an upright bike. These are all modern, well-maintained machines. I never did get the hang of the “human powered” elliptical machines at my old gym Boscos, when we lived on Calle 59.
Here is another way to get your cardio in, working a body bag. I had forgotten how much fun that is. In the background you can see a platform for a speed bag and doggone it, I forgot to ask if they actually have the bag. That is a really fun way to get your heart rate up.
After our righteous work-outs we do what we always do, grab some beers and grub. A gym rat told us of a cantina which happens to be on the way to Chuck and Joanne’s and we actually find it right where he said it would be. Que bueno!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Bruce appreciates any feedback from you fitness buffs out there and he would be happy to answer, to the best of his ability, any fitness related questions. Hasta proxima Domingo!