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Working Out at the Gym

An Intermediate Level Conversation for Daily English






Mary and Diane meet at the gym to work out together where Mary has a membership plan and can invite one person once a week.

Mary: What're you up to Diane, aerobics or treadmill?

Diane: I want to relax first. So I think I'll go for the aerobics. How about you?

Mary: It makes no difference for me, either way: aerobics or treadmill.

Diane: I get tired on the treadmill quickly these days.

Mary: Did you tryto lower the pace?

Diane: Yeah. I was doing fine at a lower pace, then my trainer increased the pace a little bit.

Mary: How often are you doing it?

Diane: Well. I used to go on the treadmill twice a week. For the last two months I've kept putting it off.

Mary: The cardiovascular activities are like that. If you stop running even for a week, the heart gets lazy.

Diane: What time will the aerobics class begin? I need to change to my gym suit.

Mary: Take your time, Diane. We have almost an hour. Now it's 6 o'clock. The class begins at 6:55.

Diane: Great! Then let's meet in the gym room around 6:55.

Mary: Okay. See you then.


gym: noun. a place where we go to exercise

membership: noun. entitlement to services offered by an organization. Membership could be free or payable.

plan: noun. A program in this conversation

invite: transitive verb. to ask other(s) to participate in an event. "I will invite my boss to my daughter's birthday party."

aerobics: noun. Used in the plural but it takes singular verb forms. "Aerobics is good for you." Types of exercise such as walking, running, swimming, and dancing that help to regulate or improve blood circulation.

treadmill: noun. An exercise device

lower: transitive verb. To decrease the amount, volume or intensity. "Lower your voice!" "Lower your calorie intake if you want to loose weight."

pace: noun. The rate of speed

How often: It means how many times in given time period something is done or occurs, for example: 'in a day', 'in a week', 'in a month', and so on

regularly: adverb. Often

trainer: noun. A professional person who trains people on how to exercise properly

increase: a transitive and intransitive verb. To add more to the speed rate of exercise in this conversation

cardiovascular: adjective. Associated with the heart, its anatomy and function

change to; change from (nouns/pronouns or phrases as an object) to (noun/pronoun or phrases as an object): transitive and intransitive verb. To alter from one condition to another. "They have changed the schedule from 9 o'clock in the morning to 3 o'clock in the afternoon." "I have changed my hair-color from blond to brown."

gym suite: compound noun. A two-piece clothes we wear when exercising


I'm doing fine. I am doing fine: I am okay. My performance is satisfactory, good enough.

How about you? What's is the way you do it? What's the way you think about it? What's your opinion?

work out: prepositional and idiomatic intransitive verb. to exercise. "I work out every day."

What're you up to? What are you up to? What are your plans? It is used for actions we will take in the near future.

A: "What're you up to this weekend?"

B: "I'm staying home. I have to finish my report. How about you?"

B: "I have no plans. I may go to the movies."

go for: prepositional verb. To prefer. "I go for unsalted crackers and vegetable soup."

get lazy: verb. to become lazy

used to: idiomatic phrase. We use this phrase to refer to an action we did in the past regularly or, perhaps, habitually, and we no longer do it in the present. "I used to read science fiction a lot, but now I read classics."

putt off: prepositional idiomatic verb. to delay; postpone

take your time: prepositional phrase. Don't rush

It makes no difference: Idiomatic phrase. I don't see any difference


at the gym: Use the preposition 'at' to indicate a place or address.

at a lower pace: Use the preposition 'at" when you need to indicate a specific pace.

on the treadmill: Use the preposition 'on' before the treadmill.

twice a week: Use the indefinite article 'a' or 'an' when an action occurs within a time period, such as an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year.

for the last two months: Use the preposition 'for'../Grammar/present-perfect-examples.php">Present Perfect Tense.

stop running: Add the 'ing' to the base form of the verb 'stop'. "Stop talking!" "Stop calling me every day."

begin at: Use the preposition 'at' with time or place. "I began this lesson at 3 p.m. today." "I took my first dancing lessons at Tisch School." I have worked at the City Bank three years."

Great! An exclamation we use to emphasize our satisfaction when some body answers a question or does something we like.

let's meet: let us meet. The verb 'let' always takes the base form of a verb. "Let's go." "Let's eat dinner early today."






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