This is what worked for me: I spent 3-4 weeks getting used to going to the gym and making it part of my routine. Once I had established a routine of three times a week, then I took advantage of a free personal training session. That worked for me because I had just started exercising then.
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The best part of having a gym to go to, is that no matter the weather you can "move it"--either cardio or ST. Just keep at it!
I like the elliptical machine. It helps that at my gym there is ALWAYS at least 1 other person using them so I don't feel singled out.
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Good decision. I am a member at PF too. They have free personal training and will help you learn the machines. Aside from the treadmill the elliptical and the bike are the easiest machines to use in my opinion.
PF has free personal training and I highly recommend that you use it. The trainer will meet with you and go over any health concerns as well as your personal goals. From there they will design a program for you and will show you any machines your not familiar with. They also have "classes" that go over excersizes for different parts of the body. I've been a member of PF for almost 3 years and LOVE it there! Good luck and enjoy!
First of all, congratulations on joining a gym! Bookmark this page and come back 6 months from now to remind yourself that you didn't even know that the gym would turn into one of your favorite places to be!
The bike is probably the least intimidating, I agree with the previous poster. Don't get sucked into the all-cardio all-the-time mode though. Make sure to hit the weights as well. The machines are un-intimidating because you usually just sit in the seat and things can only go in one fixed direction so you can't do it wrong even if you try.
Once you get your feet wet, don't be shy to try out all the different options in the gym -- free weights, classes, cardio machines, TRX, whatever. Most of all - ENJOY your new playground!!
I think the elliptical is pretty easy to use, especially if you do a program.
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The staff at Planet Fitness should help you learn how to use the equipment.
If your gym has the 30 minute circuit, you could try that to help you learn how to use some of the weight machines.
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Hopefully, someone will give you an orientation on how to use and/or set yourself up on all of the machines. All of the machines have workout options, etc. to choose from to get yourself going.
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I would say the bike is the least intimidating. Although the elliptical gives you both an upper & lower workout (have an instructor show you how to use it). Good luck.. Also ease into the workouts or you could end up sore and be more likely to quit.
Also mix it up and try different thing to see what you enjoy.
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