Month: June 2021

Good riddance

You know that old joke about how you need to buy two Jaguars so you’ll always have one to drive while the other is in the shop?


This time last week I finally bit the bullet and went back to Orange Theory Fitness for the first time in 14 months.

For the first few months of the pandemic I tried to stay in shape – I ran three miles a day, kept up my Peloton-ing, and even bought some TRX things for the house. By last April, though, I was fucked. Too much work, both on Chairman Mom and NeedHop, and on finishing my book. Too much junk food. Too much anxiety about crowded parks. Too much driving back and forth to Palm Springs. End result: I’m about 20lbs heavier than I was this time last year, and none of it’s muscle.

So, yes, time to get back on the horse. And of course I would choose “Mayhem Week” for my first time back.

My fucking god. After just one hour of treads, rowing and “core blasts” my legs and arms were shaking to the point where I almost couldn’t make it back to my car. The next morning I woke up and couldn’t move my neck more than a few degrees in any direction – a side effect of my terrible core form and atrophied stomach muscles.…


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