Feel the pain

Weight room at the Marriott in Tbilisi

Not yours. Feel my pain. I’m sure some of you remember how it feels when you re-start an exercise regime after getting out of shape. That’s where I am now. No exercise for six months, and now I’m lifting weights and running again. All of a sudden, my arms ache, and I feel this overwhelming desire to take a nap. It’s Saturday, so I napped.

In “Cost of a ‘fitness center,'” I wrote about my 1-day trial at the Radisson Blu Hotel, where use of the spa costs almost $300 per month. The next day I got a free 1-day trial at the Toni Hotel’s fitness center, which cost only $36 per month. But I was shocked. I mean physically shocked. On the treadmill arms are adjustments for the incline and speed. I tried to make a change but touched one of the large silver, shiny circles. A big spark flew, and I jumped two feet above the treadmill. I didn’t try any more adjustments. At the end of the workout, I told the person running the fitness center about my experience, and she said she knew about the, ah, situation, but it was just a “little” shock, according to her. I decided it was worthwhile spending more money on my health.

Aerobics machines at the Marriott in Tbilisi

The third day, I went to the Marriott Hotel on Rustaveli Street. It’s a 5-star hotel–seems like old wealth, not nouveau riche. I took my backpack full of gym clothes past the men with black suits sitting in the lobby (haven’t seen any women yet) and headed upstairs to exercise. On two weekday afternoons, and now on Saturday about noon, there have been no more than 4 people including me. And each aerobics machine has a TV, which means that I’m watching my first television in 5.5 months. There are 3 sports channels, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, 2 Israeli stations, and 4 dozen others. Life is–ohhh, my back–good again. Oh yeah, I’m paying $120 per month and am entirely satisfied.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Feel the pain

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m so happy you found a gym Dad! I think Pat was more shocked that you havent had tv in 5.5 months than anything! I’m wishing you the best in gettin back in shape, increasing your endorphin levels, and not going through electric shock therapy every time you try to do so! Love you and miss you both.

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