August 30th, 2005


More Fitness Questions

The personal trainer has served several purposes, not least of which is motivating me to get to the gym often. However, he is pricey, and I think he is starting to sort of cramp my style a bit. I find myself not wanting to experiment and try new machines, etc., because the trainer doesn't use machines, and instead has me mostly doing odd stuff with an aerobic step, a body ball and some small weights that are complicated and kind of require assistance and spotting. Almost as if he doesn't want me to develop an exercise routine that I can do on my own...

So I'll be ditching the trainer soon. And my questions to you all are: what do you actually do in the gym? Are there machines you like? Do you work your whole body each time you go in, or do you do some kind of split? Only cardio one day, then only weights the next? And, can anyone point me to good web resources for building routines?

I'm trying to approach this as a new hobby, in order to keep it interesting to myself, and not like a tedious chore. So any thoughts or suggestions you could offer would be tremendously helpful.

New Orleans, and much of the South, is so Screwed

This is bad. As I'm sure I am the last person on Earth to point out, folks in the New Orleans metro area had thought they survived the worst of Katrina, only to have pumps fail and flood waters rise beyond their worst fears. Then, of course, there are the areas to the east in Mississippi and Florida from which there aren't even many reports yet, because the devastation is so bad.

I am gratified to see how hard it is to load the Red Cross site, since it must mean that they are overwhelmed with folks who want to help. While their bandwidth is too taxed to handle your contribution, you might think about giving to Modest Needs.

Their general mission is to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts by helping out folks who are basically solvent, but suddenly find themselves in serious danger without a financial leg-up. They function as a stop-gap measure for the huge demographic who have real problems, but whom the government and most aid groups consider "not bad off enough."

In the case of the Katrina victims, they are trying to raise money to help people who, for example, might have just enough insurance to render them ineligible for help from other charitable organizations for things like food and clothing.

Then, when things slow down at the Red Cross, you could maybe give them a little, too.
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