The desk agent at the gym greeted with me with a warm smile and was wearing a bow tie. This about sums up how happy I am with my new gym. It's not perfect, there is the gum popping guy (I could even hear him through the music on my headphones) and of course, the obligatory trainer having his trainee do heavily loaded back squats using the Smith machine. But it's super clean and I've managed to work the nearly-empty times into my schedule.
I've been lifting two days a week using the The New Rules of Lifting for Women
program along with the AquaFit classes in between. And I have found a new favorite...
The rowing machine! I make like Frank Underwood and plot ways to vanquish my enemies while rowing away like a lunatic. It's deceptively difficult, I started off doing 2 minutes and have worked my way up to 10 minutes of high intensity intervals. It's smooth, very low impact but hits about every muscle and gets the heart pumping like crazy. Something about activates endorphins like nothing else, I started laughing so hard when when I was done, it was a really good feeling.