Post # 1
So with 6 months to go and a wedding dress that doesn’t zip, I went out and signed up for the gym yesterday. Before I shell out even more money on personal training I figured I’d see if and on here could recommend a good routine. The only think I know how to use is the treadmill! lol. I get one free session with a trainer but I think thats really to learn how to use the machines. So any good routines?? Thanks!
Post # 3
I lost 30+ pounds a few years ago by interval training on the treadmill. You start off a couple minutes walking, then a couple minutes running, then a couple minutes sprinting. Then you repeat for about 20-30 minutes. I hate running, so it actually made it more tolerable for me.
Post # 4
This works well for me. It’s a good way to work up to running if that’s your goal, otherwise just alternate sprinting and walking. The biggest reason I like doing this is that it makes the time go by a lot faster for me. Otherwise, I’m watching the clock thinking about how miserable I am 🙂
Post # 5
A personal trainer can really help you focus on good routines and help explain the equipment.
I’d suggest doing the free one and then decide if you need further guidance. IMO a trainer is great when you don’t want to think up what you want to do and can give you tips on form, so you don’t hurt yourself.
When I first started up at a gym, I just did the one session (which was like a routine in itself). From there I would alternate a cardio day (mostly eplitcal circuit) with a weight day the next day (doing the routine/owner the trainer showed me)… and sometimes add extra cardio on top of it. Then I’d take a day off and then repeat.
Post # 6
I think the trainer is more useful to get you to the gym. If you know you have an appointment and someone to meet there, you’re a LOT less likely to just skip “one” day. This is what I’ve heard. I’ve joined a gym before and have access to my friends condo gym, and even have one here at work. I would be good about going…. for a month or two, then just skip a day here and there, and then just end up not going. But thats just me, and I have zero will power to force myself to a gym. Its right there at work, but I rather go home and make dinner and veg in front of the TV. Where as if I know I was going with someone, then I’d be less likely to back out.
Post # 7
If you can afford a trainer multiple times a week, than do it. Personally, I have never had a good experience with them. And even had them fighting with me on monday night, when I borrowed their weights, but thats another story.
When I first started a year ago, I decided to purchase a couple of sessions to help me build a routine. On my first session, the guy did not talk to me, and ask me what I wanted out of it. He just started barking orders. Giving me stuff on a ball, where I couldn’t even balance myself. Don’t get me wrong, he gave me a good workout, and if I could have afforded to see him 3x a week, I would have been good. But if I could, I would be going to a much nicer gym. He also told me that I didn’t need more than 30 mins of cadio… I never even used my other session, he left such a bad taste in my mouth.
In the end, I ended up learning some stuff from FI, some from other people and listening to my mother on what I should be doing.
Post # 8
I go to the gym on a regular basis but I didn’t get the results I wanted until I changed my diet and mixed up my workout routines. You don’t want your body to get use to your routine so change it up a bit. Maybe rotate between the treadmill, stairmaster, & elliptical or even increase the intensity.
I also had a free session with a personal trainer and he mentioned that weight exercises are important since strenght training continues to burn calories after you finished working out unlike cardio exercises. He showed me a few exercises to do but after I started to watch what other people were doing and started to follow them. I also looked up a few exercises online.
I lost 15 lbs and have a little over three months to go till my wedding. Good luck hun!
Post # 9
I’ve never had a personal trainer so I’m not sure about that but I do go to the gym about 3 times a week. I have found that the treadmills with interval (like up and down inclines) work well for me. I also use the ladies weight machines for those areas that I think need toning (thighs). Just start out with light weights so you don’t get bulky. I also use the elliptical some, depending on how I feel. I think the most important thing is to change it up and do what you like! Some days, I only feel like doing weights or some days I want the elliptical instead of the treadmill and that’s OK, at least I’m in there doing something. 🙂
Post # 10
I generally get to the gym about 3 – 4 times a week. I try to mix it up with the cardio and alternate between the treadmill and the elliptical machine. I’d defintely take that free sessio with the personal trainer. It’s a great way to learn how the machines work and you can probably ask them to suggest an exercise routine for you based on your fitness goals.
And if your gym offers classes I’d defintely try those out too. Classes work best for me becauase 1. it keeps me motivated 2. they’re fun 3. its a great way to find a new exercise routine.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
I’d highly suggest finding something that you enjoy at the gym (or anywhere). If you hate what you are doing it will be very hard to stay motivated.
Does the gym offer any group exercise classes? I love those.
Post # 12
You’ll definitely want to get the variety in there. My husband and I go to a gym that has set workouts that everyone does, and they are never the same twice. It keeps us from getting bored, so we keep going back.
Post # 13
I worked at a gym for about 5 years and have been an avid goer for more than 10, I started when I was 16. When you meet with your trainer for the initial appt., definitely ask questions, don’t be shy! I know that my personal trainer staff at the gym I managed used those initial appt’s to try and get you to sign up for a package of training session, $$$. If it’s in your budget & you want to do it, then go for it. If you do decide to, then I would not suggest buying a ton of sessions at once, even though the discount will prolly be bigger. Buy just 1 or 2 and see if your trainer is a match. If you’re going to spend hours each week with them, then you should enjoy their company and they should challenge you. Or, you could just do the one appt and try it out on your own for a little while first, thats what I would do. (Plus most gym goers don’t mind taking a sec to help you out with a machine if you have a question).
Don’t be afraid of doing some weight training, mix it in with some cardio, it will make a world of difference. If your gym has any group fitness classes I would try those too. I LOVE Bodypump, which is a class that uses weights set to music, in a high rep, low weight format. I also like the heavier muscle conditioning classes too. They probably look intimadting, but after you have been 5-6 times you wont think twice about it. Most instructors show up to the class early, go up to them and let them know its your first time & they’ll help set you up and give some tips and pointers. If they correct your form during class, don’t get embarasses, just remember everyone in there was once in your shoes and had it done to them 😉
For cardio, now that its nice out I try and run outside which I find much more challenging than my treadmill runs. If you’re just started out I suggest you do the “manual” programs on the cardio machines, they will allow you to adjust or incline & resistance as you go. You can control your workout and you’ll probably feel more comfortable with these at first rather than jumping into some of the more intense interval programs (which are very challenging). I also love the stairmaster (the one with the actual rotating stair case, not the stair stepper)! I wear a heart rate monitor and have found that I burn more calories doing that for an hour than I do running 7 miles! Its intense! I also really like some of the ellipticals, If you see an Cybex Arc Trainer, those really allow you to bring the incline and resistance really high, though getting used to having your feet further than hip width apart takes a litlte getting used too.
I’m one of those weird people that once I get working out I really like it. The challenge for me is that I also like after work coctails & dinners out 😉 Feel free to message me with any questions!
Post # 14
Do they have body pump classes or weight training classes, etc at your gym? If so, take those!!! Don’t pay for a PT if you have a class to go to that will do the same. But that’s just my opinion. I had a personal trainer for 5 months and it was a waste of time for me. Yea, he worked me out hard… but I don’t know of any results… and I loved the body pump classes a lot better. Then I did cardio on my own with treadmill or Zumba. If you have the money, I guess it’s nice to have someone to make your own routine, but if not… I would research work out routines and just stick with it on your own.
Post # 15
I highly recommend taking a couple spinning classes and a couple lifting classes (ones specifically targeted towards women). I personally find group working out more motivating and less intimidating than working with a personal trainer and after a few classes of each you will have an idea what types of exercises to do and what you level of intensity you are capable of.
On the other hand, my mom started working with a trainer earlier this year and loves it. I would do what you feel more comfortable with/excited about, but if your gym offers free group fitness, that might be something you could try out a couple times without worrying about the extra financial investment.
Post # 16
Thank you for all the feedback… going for my session today… we’ll see how it goes from there.