On the rebound

by Khushboo on January 4, 2012

Dear Arc Trainer,

I have been seeing you around for a long time but I never had the courage to approach you.  You kinda intimidated me and truth be told, my energy was focused elsewhere.

Although I am only just getting to know you, I want to first apologize for underestimating you.  After a few encounters with your brother Elliptical, it was hard not to jump to conclusions. I also want to say a few words of thanks.  It’s no secret that the Treadmill has always been my first love, but lately we seem to be distancing more and more. Whenever we come in contact, I seem to feel more hurt and I think it’s just a matter of time till things can go back to normal. I will always have a soft spot for it but for now we’re on a break.

I will always remember the happiness it provided me and the amounts more it will give me in the future after I have a chance to heal.  I always thought that it was indispensable and no other machine could give me the same high.  Fortunately I was wrong.  While I am by no means using you as second best, you have provided me the comfort I need during this difficult spell without running.  Initially it was really frustrating to not being able to turn to something familiar and I slowly began losing interest in working out entirely. Fortunately this pain forced me to step out my comfort zone and try new things.

Thank you for showing me the light and reigniting my flame.  Thank you for giving me the tough love I need to grow, even if it’s not what I always think I want. Thank you for constantly challenging me, raising my heart rate extremely high, and drenching my t-shirt in sweat. Thank you for being kind to my stubborn shin that refuses to rest completely.  I hope you’re ready to take our relationship to the next level, because for the next week or 2, it’s you and me buddy.

Yours sweatily,
Khushboo

P.S. When things go back to normal with Treadmill, I promise to still show you the love…even if it might not be as often as I do now.

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Purvi Verma Saini (@PurviVermaSaini) January 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I am still trying to get friendly with the treadmill, forget trying anything else :D :D
Well written Khushboo :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thank you- hope the treadmill doesn’t get too fresh with you ;) !

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Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

yes!! the arc trainer provides a GREAT workout but i was SO intimidated and confused by it at first. i love the heart pic. too funny! :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I may or may not almost fallen over because I was so confused with the motion!

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Errign January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I have a love to hate relationship with the elliptical and never go near it, but the arc trainer could be fun…

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It’s super fun, give it a shot if your gym has it!

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Alexandra January 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Haha love this! I’ve never tried an arc trainer before, but it looks oober fun! :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

It sure is…or at least as fun as a machine at the gym can be ;) !

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Parita January 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I used to use the arc trainer pretty frequently a few years ago and it really was a great way to mix things up. But I too couldn’t get over my love affair with the treadmill! But you’ve inspired me to try it again. Maybe tomorrow?!

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Haha the treadmill is such a Romeo- all the girls want in :)

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lovetotrain January 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

oh wow…. does the treadmil KNOW about this:???!!!!
( glad you’re taking care of your shins )

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I try to keep it on the DL but you know that never works :D

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Shelly January 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Funny! I’ve never tried an arc trainer, but it looks neat! Next time I see one I’ll have to hop on!

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Definitely give it a shot!

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honeywhatscooking January 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

you write so well. love your words. Oooh.. I hate the treadmill, my legs and b**bs hurt so much when I run on it. I love the eiliptical and thigh master, everything doesn’t jiggle and hurt. :-)

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thanks so much :) ! And I’m glad the elliptical is more welcoming to your upper region ;) !

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Ameena January 5, 2012 at 1:55 am

I’ve never been on an arc trainer before…how is that possible?

I actually LOVE the treadmill, when I can’t get outside. It gives me a great workout. As much as anyone can love a workout of course!

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Especially due to your knees, you must try it if you ever get the chance!..it’s ALMOST as great as the treadmill…almost!

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Priyanka January 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

I used to feel the exact same way about arc trainers but my hip strain and toe fracture have made me think otherwise. And really elliptical is the most boring thing on earth, nothing can make me like it. The best thing about arc trainer is the challenge!!!

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Agreed! I do enjoy the elliptical for ‘easy’ workouts but I never find it leaves me feeling like I’ve reallly worked out.

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Alyse January 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Aw what a sweet love letter to your arc trainer. ;) I hope your faithful treadmill doesn’t suffer too many pangs of jealousy….

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hopefully it’ll teach him a lesson or 2 ;) !

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Shannon from Healthiful Balance January 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I know this might sound weird.. but I’m a fan of the treadmill. :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Not weird at all- I love the treadmill…as for my shins, not so much which is why I’m temporarily taking a break!

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onehealthymunchkin January 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I tried this machine once before for 5 min, but I never really gave it a fair chance! :P Do you feel like you get a really good workout on it?

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Khushboo Thadani January 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

It takes a lot for me to say that a machine gives me as much a high as running…which goes to show just how intense a workout on the arc trainer is! Don’t be deceived by how similar it looks to the elliptical ;) !

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jojoshouse January 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I don’t have a gym membership anymore but I used to use this machine, it worked great! It’s neat that you can pick what part of your body you want to work out (if we are talking about the same one)
I loved it :D

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Khushboo Thadani January 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I feel like it gives a great total body workout but I haven’t discovered the feature to work out specific body parts..yet at least!

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Snapshots of Happiness January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I like the arc trainer as well! The gym at my university has it… But unfortunately, the gym I go to now doesn’t have it… So when I’m fighting with the treadmill, I use the stairmaster. =D

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Khushboo Thadani January 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

After trying out the stairmaster once, I stay far far away….my butt isn’t a fan of the machine ;) !

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goodformegirl January 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Never tried the arc trainer…it always looked like swimming through molasses to me :-) I guess that’s why they call it a workout..;

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Khushboo Thadani January 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Haha interesting comparison:D

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Sig January 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

Hahah adding some spice into your life? I’ve never seen the arc trainer or used it so I’m as intrigued as you are.

I am sure the treadmill will forgive you when you come back (or you don’t even have to tell it when you’re seeing the arc on the side :P )

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Khushboo Thadani January 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Haha trying to keep things interesting ;) !

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