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BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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9/19/13 12:59 P

I would ask the professionals that work at the gym. That is what they are paid for, to help and guide you. What works for me, might not for you. I do research on everything, I am thinking of going to a gym too, I am looking for trial classes, or pass. I am looking for kettle bell and strength exercises. And I have my notes on questions I will ask before I jump into a commitment ..

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,125)
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9/18/13 4:36 P

The 30 minute circuit is pretty good. Just remember to lift heavy weights and go through the reps slowly.

KELLYK1027 SparkPoints: (7,570)
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9/18/13 3:43 P

I use PF as my gym, and I recently did a "Build your own program" session. It was free and gave me a specific routine to do based on my goals. You should look into it!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,551
9/18/13 1:50 P

Hi Paul

I'd agree the circuit sounds like a good idea, at least to try. That way you'd have a program to follow- or you could use the Workout Generator's routine and see how that goes. Also don't be afraid to ask the Fitness Staff at the gym for help. That's what they are there for.

Coach Jen

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,746
9/18/13 1:47 P

the circuit sounds like a good idea

GRACE1054 Posts: 605
9/18/13 11:29 A

Try out different cardio machines and classes. Believe it or not, the stationary rower machine is a great full body workout and is very low impact.....this is straight from Coach Nichole during her SP Radio interview. Mix it up and don't work the same muscles every day.

Have fun with this or you won't stick to it.

ZERO_WILL_POWER SparkPoints: (4,028)
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9/18/13 10:26 A

If you have an iOS device there is an app called Fitness Buddy that has a plethora of exercises listed, and you can read brief descriptions as well as see each exercise performed. If you don't want anything too complex you can just pick 2-3 exercises for each muscle group and record your sets (I usually keep it simple and go 3 sets of 10), then try to improve as you progress.

I will usually do:
Monday - Chest/Back
Wednesday - Shoulders/Abs/Forearms
Thursday - Biceps/Triceps

And mix in some light workouts for my legs on all 3 of those days (not 100% from knee surgery yet so I can't focus too heavily on legs)

PAULSALZ1 Posts: 4
9/18/13 8:48 A

Hello there, me again.

So, I went to planet fitness last night for the first time and before getting out of the car and muttering "What the hell am I doing here??" I just picked a couple of things here and there and had at it. I did chest press, flys, reverse flys, rows, leg press and something where I pull down (I wrote it down, but left it at home).

That was all well and good, but it felt too... I don't know. I wasn't thrilled. I mean, I felt good doing it and I'm not terribly sore today, but it just felt... random (for lack of better word).

I should have wrote down the routine that the generator spit out and just went with that. There is also an area that has a 30 minute whole body circuit thing with 10-ish machines and 10-ish step platforms. Maybe that? I just didn't want to get to drained before doing my running (which I do today).

Thanks for the tips... still trying to get this figured out (and overcoming my fear, really)

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
9/17/13 9:36 P

I agree with the idea about taking a class. I take group power weight lifting class....LOVE IT...! strength training is so important.

KELLYK1027 SparkPoints: (7,570)
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9/17/13 9:27 P

What gym did you join? Many gyms have classes that you can take or one on one time with a trainer to design a program. A good general rule is to do 2 days a week of upper body, 2 days of lower body. 2-3 days of core a week, and 6 days a week of cardio. You might have to work up to it though, it is hard getting started.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,551
9/17/13 6:36 P

I would suggest a full-body workout twice a week, on days that you're not running. You've got a lot of options at the gym. You could take a class, use free weights or use the gym machines. SparkPeople's Workout Generator can be a good place to start if you're looking for a basic program to follow:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

ZERO_WILL_POWER SparkPoints: (4,028)
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9/17/13 4:47 P

I'm not familiar with couch to 5k... is weight loss part of your goal? If it is then you are on the right track. I found that 3 days of cardio and 3 days of lifting weights was a really good starting point. If you read the book "Body for Life" there are some good concepts in there. If you choose to follow those concepts you'll be doing something like:
Monday - lift upper body (chest, shoulders, back, biceps, triceps)
Tuesday - cardio
Wednesday - lift lower body (quads, hamstrings, calves, abs)
Thursday - cardio
Friday - lift upper body
Saturday - cardio
Sunday - rest
Monday lift lower body

GORIANA Posts: 4,420
9/17/13 4:23 P

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your new fit body.

Your plan sounds like a good start.

PAULSALZ1 Posts: 4
9/17/13 3:51 P

Alright, guys... first time, long time and I've finally put my money where my mouth is and joined a gym and am doing a Couch to 5k challenge.

That being said, I've done one day of the 5k challenge (26 sessions to go...) and want to know what I should do on the days between the running?

Also, and I don't really know how to ask this.... what do I do at the gym? As it is now, I'm just going to go and pick some machines and do some of those and save the bulk of the cardio for the days that I run. Does that sound like a plan?

Just kinda winging it now, you know?

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