Work Out Wednesday – Some Things Never Change

The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime

Some Things Never Change

When considering hotel bookings, I always inquire after fitness facilities.  Of the many things I expect on site, a gym is near the top of the list (after wi fi, before Continental Breakfast).  When considering places to stay for last year’s Ink N Iron event, I happily stayed away from the Queen Mary, in exchange for fitness facility and pool, at the Comfort Inn, Long Beach.  

Reasonably priced, clean, and friendly, it was made even better by the Universal Gym, stationary bike, elliptical machine, and treadmill, located in the hotel’s fitness room.  

This time last year I was in the throws of P90X and completed the Shoulders & Arms work out in their cozy lil work out room.  

June 12, 2011 “Morning hotel work out.  My favourite <3” 

Fast forward to Ink N Iron 2012.  When the time came to pick a hotel for this year’s INI, I immediately suggested my old standby on E Willow Ave.    

Over the course of the weekend, Steve Prue shot models, covered bands like Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals & the Misfits, and took a million tattoo portraits, while I assisted with paperwork, hotel bookings, and wrangled models.  

But not before slipping off to the gym each morning…

June 8, 2012 “I love my morning hotel work outs <3”

This year I followed a more free form program

Saturday: 20 minutes of brisk walking on the treadmill, at an incline 
Sunday: 20 minute forward and reverse elliptical intervals  
Monday: 20 minute jog on the treadmill  

PLUS: Post cardio calisthenics, plyometrics and stretching

Push ups




Wall squats


It was incredibly comforting to find myself somewhere so familiar, in a town so far away from home.  My few minutes of “Tita time” each morning gave me a chance to reflect on the events of the past year, take stock of who I am, and consider what lies ahead.  

Whether I’m in Long Beach, CA, or Shen Yeng, China, I’ll always make time to run down to the hotel gym.  It’s comforting to know that some things never change.

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