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LOTUS737 Posts: 3,172
10/19/13 5:19 P

i would recommend varying up your cardio- cross training is good (and i know i need to do it more!).

with the machines, you need to make sure you're using proper form. i would watch some of the videos on here so you know you're using the right form.

i would probably start with bicep curls, tricep pull-downs, inner/outer thighs, crunches/plank, chest press, and leg press. you could also do squats, push-ups, llunges, etc. if you want to steer away from the machines a bit.

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10/19/13 4:33 P


Check out the class schedule and see what sorts of group weight training classes the gym offers. a group weight training or boot camp class would teach you the basics of using hand weights as well as bars. You'll also have an instructor checking you for form. Don't be afraid to try a class. Just let the instructor know that you're new and they'll show you modifications when and where you need them. Classes are fun as well as a terrific workout.

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10/19/13 12:46 P

I just started working at a gym after not having a membership for several years. I'm excited because while I have been exercising outside a lot, it will be winter soon!

I have been switching up between treadmill work (starting the 5K program might be good! It starts with one-minute runs with walking in between... I am up to 8 mins at a time now!), elliptical, swimming, and weight training on the Nautilus. I was a little intimidated to start the weight machines but they're super easy and I'm good on the lowest setting (except for the bicep curl; even 20 # is too hard still!)

Hopefully as the previous poster mentioned, you can get a free "evaluation" session with a trainer...

Good luck!

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10/19/13 10:15 A

The workout generator is a good start, has a lot of workout plans and demos, but better yet - does your gym offer a free session with a trainer? That would be the best place to start.

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10/18/13 6:20 P

10/18/13 5:54 P

I just started going to a little 24-hour gym. I go after work, and usually I am the only one there. I see a lot of the equipment, but don't know what makes for a good beginners workout. Any suggestions?

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