Whether you’re embarrassed about not knowing how to set up your spin bike or afraid to venture into the free weights area of your gym, equipment intimidation is real.  It’s human nature that trying something new can be downright sweat-inducing, before the workout even begins. 

For me, the source of my equipment intimidation has always been weights machinery that seems too complicated to figure out and use by myself.  So, I decided to make a date with my fear and scheduled an appointment to work out with trainer Gary Peters at Equinox, who took me through a fast-paced, lower-body focused routine that I would definitely not do on my own. 





From squats with a barbell to chin ups assisted by a HOIST, these moves were challenging and out of the ordinary for me, and, an hour later, I could definitely feel the difference in comparison with my usual resistance training. The day after, I couldn’t sit or walk down the subway stairs, so, I know that it was effective! I can’t wait to go back for more. I also made a point of taking note of the settings and sequence of the moves on my iPhone, so that I can repeat the routine on my own.


So, next time you’re inside the studio or at the gym, don’t let a seemingly complicated Schwinn or a group of grunting guys stop you from mixing up your workout, surprising your body–and seeing major results.

Want to train with Gary? Find him here: gary.peters@pt.equinox.com

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4 thoughts on “Work It Out

  • October 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    What I think is that you’re one amazing lady!
    Such grit and determination!
    Rock on, girl!

  • October 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    A woman with guns can be very dangerous
    You go girl

  • October 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    adventurousness is what you’re all about!! kudos, Rachel….


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