CasITa-to-5k Hits The Playa Gym

The CasITa-to-5k made its first foray into cross training last week by visiting the newly built gym at work.

I am not a fan of gyms but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thrilled when I heard the announcement.

The Playa Gym just celebrated its grand opening. The facility is open 24/7 to all employees at no cost.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Playa Gym.

The facility contains a cable station with leg press, a couple of ellipticals, a treadmill, and a stationary bike. Free weights, a bench, mats, a stability ball, and a Bosu ball are also available.

I was pleased to see the cable machine because I've been wanting to integrate some shoulder strengthening into my workouts for awhile now.

We started our workout off with some cardio on the elliptical and treadmill.

There were two televisions with closed captioning enabled which we watched in between chatting.

Towards the back of the Playa Gym, there are changing rooms for men and women complete with lockers and showers.

CasITa-to-5k is going to make an effort to hit the gym once a week. I think having workout buddies will help me hold myself accountable.

And hopefully, once I get into the habit, it will feel less like a chore and I'll look forward to it like kickboxing and running.


  1. Strength training is so important. Glad you have a convenient way to get it done!

  2. I’m not a fan of gyms either. I do all my core and upper body workouts at home. Having a gym available like that is a bonus though. Keep it going and work on the shoulders, it certainly helps on those long runs.

  3. MissZippy is SO right...Strength Training is IMPORTANT. So many people don't realize how even just a little bit of extra lean muscle can speed up your metabolism, improve your running and make you even sexier than you already are.

  4. Strength training will make you a stronger, faster runner and a gym to do it will make you more likely to not cheat like you can at home :). ENJOY!!

  5. Lucky! I don't mind going to the gym as long as it is a nice place and company helps. Good luck with the strength training. Keep up the good work!

  6. A gym a work sounds fabulous and the convenience may make it easier to go. You are very lucky!

  7. once you get into the swing of things, hopefully it will become easier, and you'll definitely get stronger!

  8. thats excellant that youll have a place to workout for free & with friends! have fun!

  9. You might end up loving gyms like I do. Really. I could spend ALL DAY at mine. I know, I know . . . there's all the "show-off's", for example, women with enhanced breasts wearing skin tight shirts with no bras and men (& women too) who lift so much weight that they have to drop the weights (rather than using their strength to bring them down lightly.) I wear my ipod to avoid hearing those weights crash down. Good Luck. I agree with all the other comments. Strength training is really important.


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