226 The Gym


Kate talks about getting in shape.

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Jessica: Kate, how do you normally spend your evenings?

Kate: I've joined the gym here, so I go and exercise and go for a swim.

Jessica: Swim. How long do you stay each time?

Kate: About 2 hours.

Jessica: Wow. So what do you do during those two hours.

Kate: So we go to the gym for about an hour and then have a swim for half an hour and then sauna for about ten minutes and then finish off with a massage.

Jessica: Really, a massaging chair?

Kate: A massaging chair!

Jessica: Wonderful, and so who do you go with?

Kate: I go with Nicola.

Jessica: And Nicola is?

Kate: She's another teacher and she's who I live with, so.

Jessica: Alright, good, good, good, good. Now when you're in the gym, do you do weights? Do you do cardio? Aerobics? Running? Walking?

Kate: We do everything really. Aerobics and weights.

Jessica: Aerobics and weights are the best.

Kate: The gyms here are much better than back home.

Jessica: Oh, yeah. What's the biggest difference?

Kate: They have games on the machines so if you're cycling, you're also playing a game where you have to blow up the other cyclists so it makes it a bit more interesting than just exercising.

Jessica: Uh-huh! So it passes the time by. Yeah, lot quicker. And then why are you exercising? Do you have a certain reason, a goal in mind?

Kate: Yeah, because I put on a lot of weight when I was in Australia because I was eating too much pizza and, good breakfast, and drinking far too much beer.

Jessica: So you just want to shed those extra pounds.

Kate: Yeah, that I put on and get back to the original weight that I was.

Jessica: Well, good luck to you.

Kate: Thank you.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

massaging chair

We finish our time in the gym with a massage on the massaging chair.

A 'massaging chair' is a one that gives you a back massage while you sit in it. Notice the following:

  1. There is a massaging chair in the lounge at the gym.
  2. Sitting in the massaging chair for 30 minutes every day really helps my back.

do weights

When you're in the gym, do you do weights?

In this case 'do weights' is the same as lift weights.  When you lift weights you raise a heavy object many times to increase your strength. Notice the following:

  1. I never have the patience to do weights.
  2. He does weight five times a week.

blow up

We play a game where you have to blow up the other cyclists.

If you 'blow something up' you make it explode. Notice the following:

  1. They are going to blow up that old building by the river.
  2. The car blew up after the accident.

goal in mind

Do you have a certain reason or a goal in mind for exercising?

To have a 'goal in mind' is to have an idea of what you want to achieve. Notice the following:

  1. Before you make a fitness plan you have to have a goal in mind.
  2. Did you have a goal in mind when you started this whole thing.

shed pounds

I have to shed those extra pounds I put on when I was in Australia.

'Shed pounds' is an informal way to say lose weight or to get rid of new extra weight. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to shed pounds if you keep eating terrible food.
  2. She worked hard to shed some pounds after she had her baby.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
massaging • do weights • blow up
in mind • shed pounds
  1. Did you tonight or only cardio?
  2. He has a very precise goal for this company.
  3. She is trying to before her wedding next month.
  4. While I shop he relaxes in the chair at the furniture shop.
  5. They used to mountains to build roads or train passes.