Post # 1
So, I joined a gym today… They have got heaps of classes on throughout the day so I am pretty much able to work out what I want to do based on them, but I wanted inspiration for what to do if I don’t feel like taking a class.
What’s your gym routine? Morning, night? Do you eat before or after? Any tips for a newbie?
Post # 3
Well, I just use the gym to get my running in since I don’t get home in time to run before it gets dark and I like listening to music while I run, so I haven’t veered too far from the treadmills.
But what works for me is going right after work on my way home. I leave my gym bag in my trunk so I’m always ready to go even though I just go twice a week. Much better than going home and then heading back out. I’d never make it to the gym otherwise!
Since I work out after work before going home, I eat once I get home. Not sure what tips I can give you since I’m just starting out myself (used to run in the AM outside while I was unemployed)! Just do what you can and try not to compare yourself to other people. I struggle with that since I can see everyone’s treadmill stats!
Post # 4
I usually have better luck going when I get off work. Although I go home and change first…I don’t like taking my purse to the gym. I eat when I get home from the gym. I started doing classes at the gym, but I want to train for a half marathon so I run instead. I usually do a warmup on an elliptical machine then I run then cool down. Don’t forget to throw weights in there too! Sometimes the classes keep you motivated, for one you know you aren’t alone and two the instructors keep you motivated and going throughout the whole class. As far as music for the run, a friend gave me advice and it seems to help, don’t listen to anything you would not normally listen to. I listen to heavy metal or rock when I run. Although I listen to it anyways I listen to a different kind when I run if that makes sense.
Post # 5
There are no good gyms in my area so now I only go when Im at my parents. I eat about an hour before and then get ready do a class, stretch, and then hot tub time.
@September29Runner: If your planning on racing I highly recommend running on pavement and not just on the treadmill. Ive seen so many people say they can run 21K on the treadmill and half way through a race realise they were in no way ready for the road (its very different physically).
Post # 6
I take several classes during the week at my gym and I always work out after work, since I work Monday- Friday 630am to 3pm. Some of the classes I take are zumba, spin, yoga, bodyworks & pilates. If I dont feel like taking any classes I will usually do 45 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training.
Post # 7
I recently injured my back…but before that, I usually did 25-35 minutes on an elliptical and then 20-30 on the treadmill. That was it.
Once I am authorized to work out again, I plan to see a personal trainer once a week and begin a strength training regimen…specifically focusing on strenthening my core and back. I will also partake in swimming, yoga, pilates and cardio, along with other weight lifting to tone my arms. I will stay away from anything high-impact or anything that involves too much hip rotation, due to my injury.
Post # 8
I’m training for a half marathon at the moment, so I typically run, and then weights at every other gym trip (I do the New Rules of Lifting for Women program) I typically go after work…I have a snack around 4pm, get to the gym around 6pm, eat dinner around 8:30ish.
If I’m busy with something at night, I go super-early in the morning (like 5:45am) I don’t eat before and just eat when I get home.
Post # 9
I go after work. I have to eat something with a lot of protein because I have reactive hypoglycemia. I usually do 30-90 minutes of cardio, walking on the highest incline at a fast pace. Then I do some weights for 30 minutes.
Post # 10
I generally go to the gym in the morning. I get up, brush my teeth and change, drink a couple of glasses or water and usually a cup of coffee, and then go. At the gym, I warm up, run 2.5-3 miles, stretch, do some light weights or yoga. I am usually there for about an hour – and hour and a half. On the days I do not run, I go to an hour-long yoga class.
Post # 11
We go in the afternoons/night because of me working nights. I used to really enjoy going in the morning though. Anyways, I switch it up with my cardio. Sometimes I’ll focus on just walking 3+ on the treadmill. There’s also this awesome bike that works both your arms and legs. I’ll hop on that for 10 miles. The elliptical is the worst for me because of my asthma. It really kills me. I try to at least get a mile on there before I pass out.
Sometimes I’ll do all three in one day. I’ll hop on the bike for about 3 miles. Treadmill for 2. Eliptical for 1. I incorporate weights as well after I’m done.
Post # 12
I generally like to go in the mornings if I can, before I eat anything. With work I had to go in the afternoon and I would usually have a small snack about 30 minutes before.
Post # 13
@naturalysam: Thanks for the tip! I have ran several 5K’s and prefer running outside than a treadmill. The weather is crappy where I am so hopefully when it warms up I can get out. (and since the time just changed…I don’t like to run when it is dark since I go by myself and go after work) Also, we have terrible days here where it is super windy and I hate that too! Messes with my allergies!