GYM?!?!?!?!?!?!

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JBL12

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Posted: 04 Jun 2015, 09:45
Ok. I joined Planet Fitness, well, not yet, this afternoon. I have never belonged to a gym before, well, Curves, but that doesn't count.

My question....Where do I start???? I'm thinking the treadmill should be a good place, since I have not exercised in forever.

Any advice????

Thanks!!!!
Saige18

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Posted: 05 Jun 2015, 04:33
Hi There

The gym staff will first show you all the different stuff and how it works.

People normally start with the cardio machines , but its all up to you.
I would say do 15min cardio machine then the circuit.
the classes is also nice to do.
JBL12

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Posted: 05 Jun 2015, 07:00
Thanks Saige!
mummydee

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Posted: 05 Jun 2015, 07:57
Start slow and work up to things. The treadmill is a good place to start and observe what everyone else is doing. When I'm on the treadmill and watching the spinning class I know that I would never do it!

I think one of the biggest pitfalls is trying to do too much too soon and giving yourself unrealistic expectations. This just sets you up for failure.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
JBL12

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Posted: 05 Jun 2015, 11:56
Exactly what I was thinking mummydee...Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Thanks for the input.
birwin01

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Posted: 05 Jun 2015, 21:05
come on ,everybody, get out of your comfort zone. I'm not saying go crazy or anything, just get UNSTUCK. try something new. Who knows you may find a new passion. POLE DANCING, yeah! Naked yoga. Sorry folks, I'm not doing anything naked but shower
Diablo360x

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Posted: 06 Jun 2015, 02:48
Weight machine full body workout and finish with some light cardio. Steadily get stronger and more and more confident. Eventually move to free weights.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 06 Jun 2015, 09:21
I also belong to Planet fitness. Take advantage of the free trainer. Sign up for a training session. You can choose an area and do a class or they have individual sessions also available where you can discuss your goals and get some training and advice on what would be good for you. Also in the individual sessions you can have them help you with proper techniques in using any equipment you are interested in trying.

I've put together what is working for me and add to it as I go. I also watch others and learn how some of the equipment works. Don't take for granted that those people know what they are doing, I've seen some people doing some things with free weights and the machines that are really odd and I think damaging to their bodies due to awful body mechanics.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
birwin01

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Posted: 06 Jun 2015, 19:49
Find out what you are good at, plus you gotta like it. then build on that, challenge yourself and keep track. the key is get moving
Diablo360x

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Posted: 07 Jun 2015, 00:24
If you do go with a trainer, I suggest confirming his knowledge or lack there of with scientific research. A lot of PT's are stuck in the 90's when it comes to their advice.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
JBL12

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Posted: 09 Jun 2015, 06:38
Thanks for all the advice!!! Weight lifting/free weights, not so much. I shatter my funny bone about 20 yrs ago and my entire left arm is put together with plates, wires, screws and pins. I could do that with my right arm, but then my arms would look "off"..LOL I've been doing the tread mill so far. About 20-30 minutes each time (only 2 days, actually only joined on Saturday afternoon, first visit was Sunday). Sunday I did 30 minutes and felt a bit light headed when done, so yesterday, just bumped it to 20. I'm thinking I'll do 20 the rest of the week, but build up speed to get ready for 30 minutes at a higher speed. May do the row machine weights and the eliptical (sp) machine as well. That just looks weird. Again, thanks for all the advice!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Jun 2015, 07:45
The trainer will probably be able to help you set up a plan that works with your arms. I know they have helped me as I have a fused cervical spin and knee and ankle issues. Build up gradually. The eliptical is harder than the treadmill.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
T2SM

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Posted: 10 Jun 2015, 06:01
I think u should start with walking at low speed on a treadmill or cycling at ur comfortable speed will do! BTW good luck in ur fitness journey! wonder0425.blogspot.com
JBL12

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Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 10:07
T2SM...thanks...that was my plan too. That eliptical thing scares me...LOL
T2SM

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Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 18:45
But I heard that elliptical Burns calories the most. I think it doesn't suitable for the beginners though. I hate that Haha! I also dislike being guided by trainer coz some r just too pushy!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 11 Jun 2015, 19:03
At Planet Fitness, you make an appt for one session, you can schedule others. They suggest what might be good for you and take into consideration any physical limitations. For example she showed me how to use some of the straps etc. to do a modified push up and showed me ideas for glutes that did not mean kneeling or a crawl type position (I can't as there is a rod in one knee that prevents me from doing that) and some ankle strengthening ideas.

They will also show you how to use the equipment. They are not a trainer that follows you each visit nor do they guide your progress. You are on your own but they are there to assist you if you request.

I can walk miles on the treadmill or outside at a good clip and on the treadmill a pretty good incline. I make it 10 minutes on the elliptical before my lungs and knees say stop. The arc step works better on my knees and you can really feel it in the glutes, I still can't make more than 15 minutes on that.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
birwin01

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Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 11:58
You can always Google how many calories each exercise burns, then go with something you like. The biggest part is just get moving.
JKLUV7

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Posted: 05 Jul 2015, 10:50
As explained in the literature and the doctors, exercise does not necessarily cause you to lose weight. You can kill yourself for an hour on a treadmill and consume only around 200 calories. You get so hungry that you eat that or drink that all back and more. Take that to the Google machine. By all means, exercise, build muscle tone and heart-health... but not for the sole reason to lose weight.
northernmusi...

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Posted: 05 Jul 2015, 11:07
Watch out for the machines that say how many calories you have burned. They include what your body would have used while you were sitting on the couch. So if you would have burned 80 calories sitting on the couch and the exercise burned 40 calories, it will say you burned 120 calories. Don't eat the calories you've 'burned' while exercising. Start anywhere and study and play around until you find the things you like to do. Don't do what is 'right' if you don't enjoy it. Find what you like. You'll stick with it that way.
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Exercise isn't diet. Diet isn't exercise. Binging trumps exercise.
tute75

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Posted: 05 Jul 2015, 11:18
there is a saying that "80% of losing weight starts in the kitchen & 20 % in the GYM!!!" I totally agree with this statemen. We have to watch what we put in our mouthsSmile
I fell in love with mason jars and do my weekley salad prep for the whole week once per week and I'm set!!!
Good luck on your journey!!



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