|Franklin Family YMCA|
One of the first things I did when I moved to Franklin was join the YMCA. What I really love about it is that my membership grants me access to all of the Middle Tennessee YMCAs, so I can go to classes wherever whenever, nearer to work or nearer to home, shower after Nashville 5Ks, etc. Plus, I can walk across the street to the Y from my apartment complex!
It's been blazing hot, even though I work out in the morning before work, so I haven't been running as much. Instead, I've actually started SWIMMING in the lap pool inside the Y. (There are outdoor lanes too!) I'm not a natural swimmer. I mean, I like the water... but I'm not fast or strong at it. In fact, the first day I swam, I could only manage 10 laps (500 yards) but I'm adding laps every time I swim. I'm hoping to build up the ability to swim about 30 laps, at which point I might be able to do some cool interval workouts. I haven't swam laps in over a decade, but it feels so good to be in the water.
I'm also really enjoying the classes that the Y offers... I tried a Zumba class, but I really like the Les Mills Bodypump class. Les Mills Bodypump is a group barbell class, which is an hour of working different muscle groups. I really felt like building muscle would help me in terms of fitness, and Bodypump is great. Between swimming and Bodypump, I was sore in muscles I didn't know existed. I like having both strength and cardio in my workout routine; I do Bodypump 2-3 times per week.
I've still got a long way to go, but I can't complain when I have such a great workout facility on my doorstep!