Post # 1
FI and I recently joined a gym and are trying to get in shape. We haven’t set a date for our wedding, but it most likely will be in May of 2014 so we have plenty of time to be nice and fit by the time the day comes. I don’t have far to go, but I’d like to lose about 15-20 pounds and tighten up. I’m 5’7″ and 150lbs. currently.
Can anyone recommend any fitness websites or have any tips on how to get in shape? I know I probably need cardio and some weights, I’m just at a loss of a routine to get into.
Post # 3
I try to eat healthy most of the time but I definitely need a workout routine too.
Post # 4
ToneItUp.com is a website I go to that offers a lot of options.
That being said, I try to do cardio 3 days a week and strength training 3 days a week. Cardio— I do 30-60 minutes of something. Walk at an incline, jog, elliptical, bike, etc.
Post # 5
Most gyms have trainers that will show you around and demonstrate the machines, or at least they should. Feel free to ask them to help you.
You’re right – you need to work out both cardio and with weights and don’t forget about flexibility. To start with, warm up walking on the treadmill for about five minutes to get your blood flowing; BEFORE you stretch out (very important!). Then, head over to the weight machines and work one muscle group at a time, however much weight and how many reps you decide. If you’re working out every day with weights,save the next muscle group for the next day. Ex: upper body one day/lower body the next day OR: work upper and lower all on one day and only do cardio the next day.
Next, build up to a stepper or elliptical, start with five minutes if that’s all you can do. Then, back to the treadmil for 20-30 minutes.
Then stretch out/cool down.
Your gym also should offer some classes so you don’t get burned out or bored. It’s healthier for your body to switch up the routine from time to time.
Good luck and hope this helps!
Post # 6
Honestly it’s a good idea to have a few sessions with a trainer. I did tons of gym time with no results. I did much better after having a physiotherapist show me the exact way to do things and build a routine. So much of it hinges on technique. My husband also has his kinesiology and phys ed degree, so he helps me with techniques and strategies. Honestly, a few sessions are worth the cost.
Post # 7
@kb7: I like shape.com. There are also tons of tutorials on YouTube. Glamour.com also has some workouts that are quite fun (but effective) and targeted at females our age.
I would possibly shell out for a personal trainer session if you really have no clue what you’re doing or don’t have anyone who can show you. Misuse of the weight machines is not a good thing and you may be doing more harm than good. Many girls are intimidated to try the weights, but it’s an important part of exercise and you won’t “bulk up”.
Post # 8
@canarydiamond: I’m not a total newb. I did some sports in high school and I like to use the weight machines and feel comfortable with them. I just want to make sure what I’m doing is going to give me the results I want.
To start I’ve been doing about 15 mins on the elliptical (one day last week I ran on the track instead 1.5 miles) and then some weight machines. I really hate the elliptical though. We joined the rec center at our alma mater so there are lots of classes to do as well as a rock climbing wall and lap pool.
A trainer would probably be a good idea… Money’s really tight though. I’ll check out the websites people recommended. Thanks!
Post # 9
WEIGHTS!!! Lift them. Lift heavy ones. Women are physiologically unlikely to “bulk” up by lifting heavy weights. More weights = more muscle mass. More muscle mass = higher burning BMR. Aim for 2-4 weight sessions a week. You can do upper one day, lower the next, or you can do a whole-body workout with rest days or cardio days in between.
Cardio will help melt the fat off those newly toned muscles. This can be power walking (not taking a stroll through the park, but work yourself to breathlessness), running, elliptical, cycling, etc. Take a spin class, step class, zumba, whatever gets you moving and your heart rate elevated. Swimming is an awesome alternative for those with joint problems.
Interval training is also helpful because you work VERY INTENSELY in bursts, with active recovery in between intense exercises. This allows your heart rate to increase rapidly, but you never fully recover back down to a resting heart rate. By doing things in bursts (or intervals!) you can keep your heart rate higher for longer.
Also- weight loss/toning is about 80% diet & 20% working out, so clean up your diet to make sure you get the results you want.
Post # 10
The website that taught me various workouts is bodyrock tv. It’s pretty shit now but the old workouts are good.
The chick who used to run Bodyrock Zuka has started her own site which is much better
Post # 11
Start slow, and do something you don’t necessarily consider “exercising”. For me, that’s bike riding and dancing.
Post # 12
The gym is great if you can stick to it. My personal problem is that FI gets home late from work and since we made a pact to go to the gym together, neither one of us ends up having the energy. What saved my a** (literally) is doing exercises at home. I’ve been sticking religiously to these: http://weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/all-about-you/actually-you-do-have-time-to-exercise and they’re remarkably easy. Now when I’m brushing my teeth I actually start doing it automatically without thinking 🙂
Post # 13
I’d hire a trainer for a few sessions so they can show you how to use equipment and give you tips on what to do. Or if they offer group classes, take them! I usually only take group classes, it keeps me from getting bored and pushes me to work harder because I’m surrounded by others doing the exact same thing 🙂
Post # 15
@kb7: Honestly, you don’t need a personal trainer to get in excellent shape. Check out bodybuilding.com. They have plenty of workout programs and diet tips and plenty of nutritional information for everyone! Don’t hesitate to ask questions there either, there are so many people on the forum who definitely know what they are doing! Good luck!
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would suggest that you start running and do classes at your gym. This will give you a good idea of where to start