So you all know the story Cinderella? The one where the poor little girl goes from washing dishes and waiting on her family to being pampered by mice and a magic fairy godmother becoming the Belle of the ball!
Well I have become the Belle of the ball…well actually more like the Belle of the Gym!
Don’t get me wrong I am pretty much still the maid washing dishes, doing the washing and cleaning up after my tribe most of the time but now I get a break from reality and feel like I have walked into paradise when I head to the gym.
Next Generation truly is that…it’s the next generation of gyms! From the service, to the equipment, the facilities and opportunities it is really NEXT GENERATION! Our first impressions were WOW! We have found a place we can all enjoy together as a family! It’s not just Ryan and myself tag teaming it with the kids at home to shoot down to the gym to squeeze in a quick workout anymore. Going to the gym has become a family affair.
Kylan fell in love the moment he walked through the gates to see the computers and PS4 just calling his name. Arden fell in love the moment he saw the gates and how our access card magically opened them (that has now become his job!) Ryan fell in love with the weight lifting equipment and it was love at first sight for me and the Spa area and the rooftop pool.
Clearly you are getting where I am going with the whole “going to the gym just got a whole new meaning!” I can say that I’m heading to the gym but actually I am heading to go lay in the sun next to the rooftop pool, or have a drink at the bar with friends, or chilling in the sauna (well you don’t really chill in a sauna but you catch my drift) . It really is so much more than just a gym.
Ry and I aim to head in once a week for a couples workout followed by a swim – its our date night! The first Friday we did this we were greeted with complimentary bubbles and live music! AHH -MAZING! We didn’t actually have any bubbles, but instead smashed out a workout together and then headed downstairs to enjoy a sauna and spa.
I don’t walk out of the gym a sweaty hot mess anymore! With GHDs scattered around the large spacious changing rooms I walk out looking like I have just left the salon! Nobody needs to know I have spent the past hour laying about the sauna.(No really I do actually work out too!)
Sundays have been our family days at the gym. With this rotten weather we have been having it was the perfect way to spend our days. The boys and Ry would hang out at the computers and play area while I go attend one of the awesome classes, then we swap and I take the boys for a swim while Ry has a workout. Then he joins us at the pool for some family fun followed by lunch at the restaurant!
Needless to say the boys think its just the best thing since sliced bread ( and that saying a lot as Arden is all about a dry plain piece of bread!!) and they get home tired from swimming the day away and crash in bed making for a peaceful evening of adult time. (And by adult time I mean squeezing in as many episodes of Gossip Girl in that we can. Yes Ryan’s obsessed too!)
I have had a busy few weeks so have yet to book Arden into the creche there but its on my to do list to take him in by myself during the week and attend some more of the awesome classes while he plays at the creche. I may or may not enjoy a sneaky spa while he’s there too…it would be rude not to right!
Anyway we have only been going for a few weeks now but I had to share what I thought about it so far! This weekend is the last of the weddings and celebrations for us for the season so the endless eating and drinking will be coming to a halt and I need to get my ass back into shape again so watch this space. I am hoping the trainers can set me up with a new routine to tone up those soggy looking bits and I aim to try every class thats on offer to shock my body into getting back into shape again. I am all about the 80:20 lifestyle but with all the celebrating thats been happening that ratio has not been going to plan and it really is starting to show!
I may even do a before and after photo to see how I go…I took this one last week. Not a proper before but it will be good to see whether I can tone up those hips which have always been my troublesome spot by mixing up my workouts!
So watch this space!! Hopefully there is an amazing transformation come my next post…if not that could be awkward!