It may sound like an odd topic to talk about in relation to coffee, but fitness is my second passion in life, if coffee is the first! I like to start my day with a gentle jog to get the blood pumping, but I’ve never really been a fan of sprinting around on pavements, simply because there’s too many people around in my way! Of course, I’m saying that in a slightly tongue in cheek manner – they’ve every right to be wandering slowly along the tarmac where I’m trying to run.
Instead, I save my real workouts for my home gym, which I tend to make use of after the school run, when things are quiet. It’s my ‘me time’ and it helps me to get my head straight for the day ahead, before I sit down at the computer and get to work. Until recently I’ve had to make do with an exercise bike. I’ve always intended to get a little more equipment, but never really got around to it until now. It’s not been a money thing, more finding the time to do some research. A friend of mine told me about the huge number of sites on the web that help you to buy the best home fitness equipment, and that saved me a lot of hassle. As you probably guessed from the title, it’s a cross trainer I really wanted to get my hands on, but didn’t really know where to start.
People have told me several times that cross trainers are much better for the knees than treadmills (or jogging on the open road), especially in later life. As I’m now the ‘wrong side’ of 40, as my mum keeps reminding me, I thought I’d heed the advice, and get out the Kindle for a bit of a look around. As anyone that knows me will testify, I’m a big fan of Reebok, and pretty much everything I buy comes from their factories. In truth, anything I have that’s not Reebok, tends to be something I buy because I can’t find anything that they make to fit the bill. I’ve no idea how I fell in love with them, or even if they’re best for me, but here I find myself, and just like Apple fans only buy iPads, iPhones and iMacs, for fitness, it’s Reebok gym equipment for me! What’s more, the beauty of having everything from the same company tends to mean it all works together, in this case via my app on my phone. Maybe I’m just being sucked into their marketing, but I do like the way it all integrates.
I found that it wasn’t as simple as I’d hoped, as there were a number of Reebok cross trainers available. Fortunately, the best ones seemed to consistently be the ZR8, ZR10 and GX50 models, and there was an unexpected feature that eventually swung it for me. My home gym is in the garage, and while it’s integral to the house, it does get rather chilly in the winter months. There’s only a single socket in the garage, and that’s already got a multi-plug adapter in it to keep the freezer going (we all have a chest freezer in the garage, don’t we?) and a stereo too. In the winter months, the third and final socket is reserved for my electric heater, so there’s nothing spare. I’m reluctant to use a bigger multi-plug socket as there’s already a lot feeding off that one outlet. So, hang on a minute! Why am I talking about plug sockets? Well, read on…
The Reebok ZR10 has a rather unique feature in that it generates the power it needs to run. While you work out, it charges itself so that it doesn’t need to be plugged it, unlike other models. That means it’s perfect for my needs, and doesn’t need a rethink on the house electrics. While it’s a little more expensive than the more popular ZR8, I suspect the cost of getting an electrician in to fit another socket would more than swallow up any saving!
So, there we go – that’s how my home gym came to inherit a new Reebok cross trainer, which now doesn’t know what’s hit it! I’m making sure that I get my money’s worth, and getting at least a 20 minute workout on it several times a week. Who needs a gym membership?