The Reluctant Hubby: On Your Mark …

Our Spin bike; it's mere presence mocks me.

My wife is a former Spin instructor, so the one piece of fitness equipment we have in our home is a Spin bike.  It’s a LeMond RevMaster, but I call it the Spinster. Why?  Because the bike doesn’t get any action either.

At least not from me.  Even my nine-year-old son will climb on and pedal every now and then.  The bike is in the same room as our TV, so you’d think I’d take advantage of the proximity and kill two birds by breaking a sweat while catching up on DVRed shows.  Notice in the picture, though, how close the bike is to the couch and try and guess which one I find to be a more inviting seat.

Since today is the start of letting Lisa train me, I thought I’d get a tiny head start yesterday and ease into exercise by watching some football while finally riding the bike.  It’s only been, what, 17 months since we moved and had this particular arrangement available.  Plus, perhaps watching real athletes on TV would inspire some perspiration of my own so Sunday football seemed like a perfect choice.

What’s the first thing that I remember about the experience?  Hmmmm, this is an interesting angle for watching the screen. Truthfully, though, what comes to mind is just how uncomfortable it was, and I don’t mean the exercise.  I’m used to riding my bike to work, but that doesn’t have toe clips on the pedals like the RevMaster does.  So even a brief thirty minutes has got my calves concerned about how much Trick or Treating distance will be covered this evening.  And the seat?  Let’s just say there are certain areas of my body that, given a preference, I’d like to avoid going numb.  I guess that’s why they do jumps and hill climbs in a Spin class and I may need to add that to my repertoire in the future.

Yes, the future.  I will climb back on the Spinster in the weeks ahead.  It’s ridiculous that I haven’t taken advantage of so simple and convenient a resource as a $1200 high-performance exercise machine.  And maybe I need something more inspiring than the Patriots’ loss to motivate me.  Any suggestions for good viewing?

As for the immediate future, I have no idea what Lisa has in store for me this week.  I only know I’m not going to like it.  We’re planning to hit the gym after school drop-off today and turn that into a routine.  Lisa and I made vows of “in sickness and in health,” but neither of those covers pulled muscles (stock tip: you may want to invest in the parent company of Advil).  By Thursday I fully expect to be pulling the “But honey I didn’t consult with my physician before beginning an exercise regime” card to avoid my date with the elliptical.

About the only way I can get out of this now would be to die in my sleep and I’ll let Alanis Morissette debate whether or not that would qualify as irony.  And after all, it’s just exercise.  Rumor is there’s these things called endorphins that you get afterwards that kinda make you feel good.  Beer makes you feel good, too.  We will just have to see what the journey brings and hope that the title of next week’s post isn’t “The Even More Reluctant Hubby.”

Previous Posts: 10/24 – Welcome to the Reluctant Hubby

About Greg Wymer

Greg Wymer is Principal and Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media. He was an award-winning radio copywriter and morning show producer for WFNX-FM in Boston in the 1990s, and in the 2000s won Best Viral Marketing Campaign and Best Non-Profit Campaign for his work with e-tractions, a provider of custom online entertainment. Before launching Healthy Dose Media, he spent 10 years at the MIT Enterprise Forum working as a developer of programs, content, and marketing for a global audience of startups and entrepreneurs. Greg has been a mobile and club DJ for 25 years, created and ran a pub trivia night called Useless Trivia, and is on the Board of Directors of ImprovBoston, where he performed as a cast member of its Mainstage for seven years.

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10 Responses to The Reluctant Hubby: On Your Mark …

  1. Barbara October 31, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    As someone else who REALLY needs to exercise, I feel your pain and reluctance to get started. You’ll do great though and in a few weeks you’ll “crave” working out…at least that is what I hear.

    Watch The Walking Dead on AMC (Sunday nights) and you will pedal faster because that show is scary!

    Best of luck!

  2. Lisa Johnson October 31, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    LOL, Barbara awesome suggestion for the TV show. I find I pedal faster during sports games, especially playoff games because I’m slamming out my nervous energy into the pedals … :-) L–

  3. Monica October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    sports on mute + loud music.

    oh, and a HR monitor that beeps at you if you’re not in your target zone.

  4. TC October 31, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Get on the bike and throw Breaking Away into the DVD player. Alternate choice: turn the bike around and put in any movie where a monster chases townspeople, and pretend you’re one of the townspeople.

  5. Joe Williams October 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m in stitches reading this!

    I don’t know about you, Greg, but for me, riding a stationary bike plain sucks. Why get on that uncomfortable contraption when a perfectly good couch is right there, and plus sitting on it doesn’t upset your hold on your beer?

    OK, I’m not helping here…so let me offer this. Since you liked riding your bike to work, stick with the riding. Pick a regular time and place, and ride. It’s what I do – early in the morning – so that on the weekend I feel justified to grab that beer and watch football.

    Enjoying your stories, Greg – keep ‘em coming – and I’ll add that just like you, I married a saint!

  6. Brigid October 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Can I just say how much I LOVE this new train the hubby series?!
    Greg, you are a real trouper to go through with this! My husband would NEVER! He’d prefer to be the trainer himself, and actually, we’ve gotten into several spats about it :) I can’t wait to hear your progress!

  7. Lisa Johnson October 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    LOL, nice on TC … Monica, I do that too … L–

  8. Lisa Johnson October 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    awh, thanks Joe for the saint part! I’m not but I’ll take the compliment anyway … just so you know we’re tracking all the exercise that Greg’s doing and it’ll be available somehow/somewhere for people to check it out. :-) L–

  9. Lisa Johnson October 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Brigid, it’s been 12 years that we’ve been married and that’s pretty much how long it took to convince him ;-) L–

  10. Greg Wymer November 1, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Thanks for all the kind comments, encouragement, and feedback everyone. I say in the post how I’ve ignored a $1200 bike too long. What I’ve really ignored is a world-class resource such as my wife as a trainer. No more.

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