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SUPREME_ONE1988
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I prefer to work out at home. That way I don't have the added stress of more money coming out or my account, trying to make it to the gym, or being apprehensive about people staring at my while I work out. Also, I don't have to deal with strange looks while I belt out my workout songs when exercising.

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if it weren't for the gym I'd never work out. Although I do on occasion when the child care is not open do a little 'exercise' with the kids.


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i perfer to workout at the gym bc i feel like i burn more calories but lately i have been having to workout at home. i cant wait to start the gym back. they taking the money out of my account and i havent been going.

i gotta stick with my goal. i can see my way through this this and i will succeed.


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I have done both and definitely prefer home. Hardest part of working out at home is just getting up and pushing play. I get up in the morning and I don't dwell on sleeping more or what else I can do - I have programmed myself to just do it. I'm currently doing the P90X3 workouts and LOVE them. The best part is it takes the guessing games out of which machine to use, how many reps and all that crazy stuff. I just get up, do the workout and know that the workout was a full body workout and done in a half an hour! Takes all the guess work out and one less stresser for me!!

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I like both depending on the weather..this week i have done videos...as it warms..i love outside exercise

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I workout at home. SP videos mostly, but have some DVD's too. 2 big dogs that need walks and a game of fetch round out my exercise.

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I utilize both. The gym creates the best workout environment, but I cannot get to the gym daily. I participate in spin classes M,W,Sa... try to get to a kickboxing class on Thursday... But I have my bike on a trainer in the spare bedroom with sets of dumbbells and a sit-up weight bench. Since I work at home, I can fit in some level of exercise when I get a free minute. I also use YouTube for specific videos, either biking, or fitness. That works well for a variety of exercises so you don't get bored.



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For me, I NEED a gym for space, variety, accountability & follow-through. There are far too many interruptions at home + NO space to work out. And our weather is often POOR so having a gym keeps me at it!
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I would rather do the 'at home' videos, but sometimes the gym helps to keep us more motivated



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@SIMPLEERED, same here ... I'd used the h*ll out of a monthly pass for swimming at the community college ... for only $23 more I could have had the run of the fitness center (most hours, unlike the pool) and were I so inclined, the basketball gym ...

But that is a dubious "perk" of having been long-term unemployed (or, shall we say, FUNEMPLOYED--the term only makes sense if you had a big tide-over fund ...)


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Boy...you are getting a lot of input on whether to join a gym or not!! I wanted put in my thoughts as well. For me I love my time at home and found that if my exercise equipment was here that I was more likely to use it. If I have to get dressed and go somewhere to exercise all of the time it just would not be happening so it made more sense to purchase stuff for home that I knew I would use. I have back issues and so have a recumbent bike and a treadmill and my own hand weights and a print out of core body exercises and fibromyalgia exercises all available to me at home. I have slowly purchased them over a few years... It works for me!!
Some people need the motivation that going somewhere to exercise will give them and will be more committed and consistent if they have a gym membership and some like me would rather stay at home. Some can afford a small monthly amount for a gym and not the cost or space for equipment at home. It is a very personal decision. If I were you I would think through which you think will work for you or do a combination of both...videos at home and exercise at the gym when able. The most important thing is that you make a commitment to yourself to do constant exercise that meets your get healthy goals. What ever fits best with your personality, finances, desires and motivation need is what would be best.
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I worked out at the gym until I couldn't afford it anymore. Now I work out at home using DailyBurn on my Roku. I love it because it feels like the best of both worlds and I don't get bored emoticon It is also pretty cheap at 10 bucks a month. You get unlimited streaming of their videos plus they have 10 different "programs" to choose from. I am doing the 90 day cardio-sculpt program and it is awesome!



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If you choose home videos, be sure they are exciting and that you have a variety, I get bored very quickly so I have to shuffle them. Gym memberships are always epic fails for me except for the time when I was Laid Off in 2011, that was the only time I used my membership consistently and received a Spark Award for fitness minutes (a proud moment for me). Going to the gym every morning at the same time I would have been going to work saved my sanity and getting up at the same time every morning kept me from getting LAZY.

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I don't like gyms. I prefer to exercise outside (hiking, swimming) and I also like to do videos in the privacy of my home. Right now I am doing 30 day shred but it is 35 day shred as I take Fridays off!!

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I alternate between the gym, running, yoga class, and home videos.

PinkieB1 - A body in motion stays in motion; a body at rest gains weight!




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workout at home with videos, treadmill, stationary bike



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It may sound silly especially since I am actively doing something to better my appearance, I find that I am still very self-conscious of all my jiggly body parts. So for my own comfort and piece of mind I prefer to work out at home. Also. knowing that it is just a matter of popping in a workout dvd in my living room I cannot find a good enough excuse to skip my workouts :)



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I used to belong to a gym when I was in college. I would work out for an hour before going to school. Once school ended I couldn't get to the gym as much, and eventually stopped going altogether. Now we have an elliptical and hoist v-core home gym so I can work out at home. I also use dumbbells, videos, and do yoga using free youtube videos at home. For me, I enjoy working out at home more than I did going to the gym. Some of the best exercises you can do are using your own body weight, and you don't need to go to a gym or spend any money for that!

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I have a gym at home (lots of free weights, elliptical) and have a membership at LA Fitness. Use both frequently.



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" The fees are only $25 per month and I really have to stop and realize that there is no reason that I shouldn't consider myself to be worth about $6 a week." I love that!!!

I joined a local, independent dance studio. They have Zumba, etc., which I love, but they also have non-jumping classes like ballet, yoga, and Pilates. You don't pay monthly, you pay per class and come whenever. You can pay one at a time or buy a package of classes and get a discount. I know you said you don't like classes but maybe a local, independent gym would have this type of billing system where you can pay per use.

Also, check your local community college. We just found that ours has open gym for basketball and gymnastics two times each per week. It's $5 per entry and is open for several hours. Maybe your college has a gym system like that.

And the best thing that I just found is free at the local park. They have an outdoor setup with gym "machines" that are waterproof like other playground equipment is. They have pull-up bars, rowing machines, gazelle-type machines, twisty things for your waist, and other stuff you would find at the gym. It's outside (fresh air!) and free!!!

You can try it on your own for a while and see how you get along without the gym. I find that I do ok without it. I have a tiny one in my apartment building and rarely use it. But I do use one when I visit my parents, it's kind of like a special occasion then, and we all go together.





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Well SHAAMPU, it's good that you already have an elliptical. All you need is an inspiration. Well, I would suggest you to get a workout DVD playing with loud music and the room should be well lit by high intensity lights and one thing more you could do is ask one of your friends to come up to your home & indulge in exercise. This way you could get a companion of course and you both can also share your findings regarding the exercise and discuss about daily things.
You know what, I didn't have any equipment, me & my friend decided to get a stationary bike & a treadmill, so we both invested equally in the equipment and got some workout DVD's from spinning.com/en/. This way we tried & now we are in better shape. We have lost all the belly fat and are doing regular cardio till date. I would advice you the same. Get some workout DVD's , some equipment's & start your day fresh & healthyemoticon



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It depends on your time, comfort level and what you want to accomplish. I joined a smaller local gym but they don't have the hours like some of the big 24 hr type gyms but I feel more involved and know all the staff. Sometimes the hours don't work for me but when I can't get to the gym is when I do the workout videos at home. The one thing I like about the gym is that I can workout on multiple machines/weights that I don't have access to at home or can walk on the treadmill with my daughter and we can catch up. Another thing I like about my gym is they offer free programs to members like Zumba, Zumba toning, kickboxing classes and more. You have to find the right fit for you. Don't join a gym if you aren't going to make an effort to go in more than 2 times a week because it just isn't worth it money wise if you aren't going to take advantage of it.



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i work out at a gym. my gym is 24hr that works great for me bc of the time i get off work.

i gotta stick with my goal. i can see my way through this this and i will succeed.


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@ALG218, I can relate to gym during the winter but I prefer in the summer. Summers here are brutal and I don't tolerate it well. Plus, it rains here a lot in the summertime. I do lots of walking in the winter since winters are mild here (Florida).

I prefer variety because I get bored easily so I do the gym, dvds at home, walking/hiking outdoors. Whatever the mood!

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I get my exercise in from home. I've joined gyms before and life always interferes with me getting there. I use DVDs, Sparkpeople videos, and others on line, including indoor walking and yoga. Lots of variety and the price is right.



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Both. The YMCA here is only $29 a month. Good deal for me emoticon

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I workout in the morning at the gym during the week since the gym is close to my work. Then on the weekends I use the DVDs I have at home, since the gym is too far to get to then.

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I workout at home with several different workout DVDs and like to walk outside on my lunch hour. I also use the videos offered on Sparkpeople for strength training. I have joined lots of gyms through the years and most went out of business before I could fulfill my contract. Working out at home works best for me.

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For me, I do both. I do simpler things at home, like planks, jumping Jack's, sit up and etc. At the gym I use the treadmill, bike and have even tried the elliptical- I must say I do not likeit. Plus at the gym I also do some weight training. So you have to figure out what works for you.

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I agree with others about doing BOTH, if you don't mind paying gym membership. I prefer to do both. If I have to choose, I would pick home workouts, because, if you don't work out at home, how are you going to do, pretty much every day, it in a gym? I use the gym to back-up my home fitness activities.

Also, ViviendoParaHoy, regarding "affording" to buy a stair climber, or a "StairMaster" brand stair climber - just FYI, I just looked up several "stair climbers," including StairMasters (one expensive brand-name of climber), for sale by owners in my geographic area, on CraigsList.org. The ones I am finding range in price all the way from $200-300, for not-so-famous brands that look well-cared-for and very sturdy (for home use), up to $2000-3000 for those listed as "gym quality." The listings I selected were only the ones WITH photos! Always best to see photos of what you're thinking about buying.

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I currently do both but am planning on dropping my membership at the gym when it expires as I am finding working with Kelly Coffey and Leslie Sansone's DVDs, jumping roping, increasing hand weights, using the firm band, and my own body weight, I can get the same intensity. I have to admit though I will miss the stair master and elliptical machines. Maybe I can invest in an elliptical but don't think I could afford a stair master.



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Right now I like doing both. The gym is really motivating and can offer me things I just can't do at home in a 1-bedroom apartment, but it doesn't open til 6AM and I leave for work at 7:30ish. It's also -35 degrees at night and very hard to leave the house when you have to unplug the block heater, warm up the car, etc. So mixing in videos works for me.

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Throughout my years of losing weight, I have done different things. I started out walking. Then I did the home videos. Took belly dancing and yoga classes. I have a mini trampoline (which I need to use more, admittedly.) During the summer, I was jogging and swimming. Now that it's winter, I have a gym membership. I can't wait for the cold weather to go away so I can get outside! I am not a fan of working out indoors, I feel like a lab rat. I am really not for the gym or home videos, but they do get the job done when you need to move.



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I have done both, and I prefer the gym. I have problems keeping myself motivated and seeing other people working out and having the trainers there and access to all the equipment really helps. I guess it also depends on the gym you join. I did some work out videos for a while and had a few friends come over and join me, but we all ended up giving up after about a month and a half. Good luck in whatever you choose!



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Zumba is fun, I prefer dancing at home rather than a gym, I'll check out the videos you mentioned.

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Depends on the person, I think. For me, a broke college student, I choose to work out at home/outdoors because I do not have extra money to spend on a gym membership. When I did have a membership to a gym, I was not consistent enough and didn't discipline myself enough to go regularly to make the membership worthwhile. Maybe one day this will change, but for now, doing it on my own works for me.

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For me, it's better to work out in a gym and/or club. I'm simply too lazy to get a consistent program going on my own. When I'm with others I feel motivated and even a little competitive, so I work harder.

OP: since you got health issues that restrict your abilities it may be worth while to join a good gym with qualified instructors, at least for a while, as they would be able to advise you and help you adapt the exercises to your limitations. On the other hand, you could work with a physiotherapist to set up a program that you can follow on your own.

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DVD, Sparkpeople.com, and AT & T's interactive workout channel works for me. You can find everything based on your fitness level. Also, these provide a variety and comfort - without the embarrassment of not being able to complete an exercise as a beginner.

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LOVELIFE - I work out at home. I just don't have the $ for a gym membership. I bought some resistance bands and a balance ball. I've found that Jessica Smith's YOUTUBE channel has some really great workouts (and Sparkpeople, of course). I've had 3 surgeries on my right leg (1 on the foot, 2 on the knee), so I have to do lots of modifications.



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I'm not into a gym membership however I just need motivation to go in the basement at home to use my eliptical. I'm not being consistant using it every day.

Anyone have a way to motivate yourself?




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For me right now dvd's are my best friend. I do not have in my budget to get a gym membership at this time. Also learned in the past if the gym is not at a easy location for me to get to I wont go.



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Videos are a good way to get started. And then I joined a class and go once or twice a week. Nights I don't go to class I try to fit in a quick video. Going to class keeps me motivated to see how I am able to do things I wasn't able to do when I first started the class. When I see and feel the improvements it encourages me to do the videos when I don't have class so I can see even more improvement when I go back the next week!



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Some of us need intense cardio, no weights (maybe the handheld)
Trying to do those with my medical condition, is a recipe for heart attack and stroke.
Maybe it would prevent Alzheimer's but without other organs working, what good is that?


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join a gym once you are able to do
- three sets of 20 pushups
- three sets of 10 chins
- five sets of 50 bodyweight pushups

These you can do at home. Get a chin up bar (for doors or whatever) if you dont have one outside (think of those in playgrounds or the ones where you clean rungs) or are ashamed to do this outside.

Don't bother doning other exercises. Do some warmoup (jump around and move your arms like you just dont care) and than do those. Do it 2x a day if you can, once if you can not.
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To get to the numebrs above start with as many as you can and try to add one each day. For chins, if you cant do any just jump to the up position and lower down as slowly as possible, repeat at least 20x. Eventually (could take a week of jumping) you will be able to do one chin... work from there aiming for more each day.

Once there you need equipment, don't buy it - just got o the gym. Buy "cage and bench" eventually (should you have space).

And in closing, keep doing those exercises even when you are at te gym... consider doing weighted squat and bench press instead of pushups. Chins are upgraded to pullups.

Stay healthy, don't overthink and don't complicate. Throw away whatever videos you might have.

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I am lucky...My gym is nearby AND on my way home from work...but this winter has been brutal and I have had to resort to using a zumba dvd once in a while...



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You are right! Nobody wants MY schedule... the lengthy commute, the demanding full-time work hours, nearby eldery relative caretaking issues, steep hills, nearly unmanageable winter season right now; and nobody to farm out household chores to (i.e, it is probably easier if DH could pick up the groceries, and DS could do the recycling; and the maid comes once a week, and you've a car/bike/motorcycle to help you out. Whatever.)

On the other hand, I do not have a set of rugrats, either; and thus no need to get away from them for an hour a day.

Moreover, I do not have the money for a gym any more.

What I do do, though somewhat infrequently, is take a class at a dance studio, etc. Only at deep discount or extremely generous expiration date for the class pack.

"Daily a.m. trip to the yoga place", you say?
Do YOU know who you are talking to???!!??
At that time of day, I am getting ready to rush out the door to get down a steep hill to get to the subway to get onto regional rail to complete a three- (sometimes four-) leg trip to work in this tundra right now ... AND I can't be there post-meridiem - I do not have executive's hours ...

Rx for what ails me, is that little corner 5 feet away from this screen.


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I disagree somewhat to an extend that working at home is not fruitful. What about people who are working weekdays from morning to night & they don't get enough time to go to a gym.
I mean working at home is the best option. because something is better than nothing.



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That is some great inspirational message. I quite liked the idea of kickboxing and that too at late night. I think, you've also got the same problem that you don't have enough time to go to a club or gym ....right ?
Being said that, it is a great way to learn & workout using videos. But I find it strange that you don't use any sought of equipment.



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The problem with the cheap gyms (at least in areas of extreme population density) is that there is a lengthy wait for machines unless you go at around 6 am; little to no stretching area; and I think I once contracted giardia in one of the showers at a cheap gym. This is why even in a semi-upscale gym (such as the one I'd last gone to--not more recently than 2008), many do engage personal trainers. To clear a path to machines/devise non-machine, more imaginative resistance workouts (from what I did observe).

This is one reason boutique classes-only venues have sprung up, some with even affordable prices, at least for a time ... and, seasonally, those "boot camps" in the park, etc., etc.


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I joined the gym, because I didn't do the DVD's. Though, now I think I will do them.

I chose Planet Fitness - because it was cheap and they are open 24 hours most days of the week and til 7 on weekends. There are other 24 hour gyms, so you might look into the hours and find one that works best for you.

I love the weight machines and the hours and the price and I find that going has helped me so much. When I stay home, other things tend to come up, like phone calls or television programs.

If I had pain and couldn't use the cardio part: (the recumbent, treadmill or elliptical or arc machines) I think I would recommend joining a gym with a pool and try water work outs. My friend with back problems is doing that now.

I love what I am doing, but I know that switching things up every few months gives better results, so I am personally looking at adding walking outside in the Spring and swimming and water work outs in the Summer and maybe things like hiking and Zumba in the Fall.

I think mixing it up really does help, so you might look at the cost of the gym and find a cheap one and even use the videos on this site or youtube to supplement.







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I loved working out in the gym pool when they first opened up the street, but pretty quickly they stopped cleaning the pool and sauna enough. Then they sent our account to a collection agency when we didnt owe them any money. Had to contact the Attorney General to silence them. Nasty nasty. It was 24 hr. Fitness. So now I walk walk walk. emoticon

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Maybe find a rec center with a pool so you can take water aerobics which I enjoyed for quite some time before I canceled my membership (kids' schedules prohibited my use of the membership).

I like exercise dvds in the privacy of my home. The library near me has a great collection as does free on-demand on cable. And they can be done at any hour of the day...without membership dues.

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@KRAZYKIKI, I'd had the best of both worlds ... but in a different way, out of necessity, I had instances of not getting enough sleep every single day including, but not limited to, sleeping on an army cot in the recesses of my Aunt's tiny co-op apartment

I'd gotten in a 70 minute cardio yoga fusion practice of my own doing (cobbled together text and cartoon animations gotten off the 'net) on the stretching areas of an upscale gym. My health insurance company, premiums half paid for by the company where I worked, reimbursed about half my health club fees if reception ticked off the calendar date (via computer) ... Many times I was enjoying the heck out of it, no iPod needed. I'd used the health club's own piped-in soundtrack for inspiration ....

And the personal trainers, working with their clients on same stretching area, smiled on approvingly ... Oh, I didn't have or use a personal trainer for anything.

I also used the stepmill and the StairMaster a lot ... not too many of their (newer, trendy equipment) was forgiving enough on my bad feet ...and I used aerobic weighted poles (one of the health club guys at a later rec center called them "torture sticks" ...) and light free weights here and there ... my membership allowed me swimming on the weekends ...

But now?

Living in my own apartment, just about large enough to work out in, but not enough if you needed a great deal of roving space; home workouts to DVDs and my own self-recordings. [Remember the complex sequence only ONCE--and then you don't have to think about it for weeks at a time...I need a lot of motivational affirmations ... having worked out with some of the better East Coast b*lls**ters off and on at health clubs, yoga studios and aerobics studios, I know how it's done]


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I work out at home. I burn about 800 calories a week, and I've lost almost 50% of my weight goal doing it. I follow my nutrition intake goals (part of that is not only staying in calorie range, but ACTUALLY eating foods that are nutritious in things like protein, carbs and fat).

I do kickboxing. And usually I do it pretty late at night, which isn't an option with a lot of gyms. I do not have the time during light hours to change into my workout clothes and get all sweaty, so I do it at night, take a shower and go to bed, usually.

I used to use videos, but I know enough routines that I make up my own depending on what I'm feeling. I think that helps a lot in keeping your body guessing instead of working out the exact same way every day.

I don't use any equipment but my own body for cardio. I do strength training mostly without equipment. The only piece I have is a resistance band. Everything else utilizes body weight for resistance.



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My trainer works with small groups out of her home...so it's the best of both worlds! :)



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i lost 50 pounds working out at home i think it depend on the person

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I have a gym membership. I don't work out at home. I have videos and wii fitt and all kinds of stuff like that, but when I'm home I dont do it. I also get to use a pool for $20 a month though my son's swim team. I have to get out of the house and pay for it to use it. Other wise I come up with too many excuses at home to not work out.



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I do both.

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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I would recommend a YMCA. In addition to the workout equipment, you'd have access to a pool and (usually) a hot tub, which could be incredibly helpful for your back.

I love my Y for a couple of reasons:

1. The community. People notice when I don't come in to workout, whether it's in a class or just on the treadmill, which can provide that extra boost to get me out the door and up to the Y.

2. The variety of equipment. No matter which part of my body is feeling good that day, I can always find something to do, whether it's yoga, water aerobics, walking/running on the treadmill, lifting weights, using a stationary bike, or swimming laps. If my legs are sore, I can do upper body stuff. If my shoulder is bothering me, I can use the treadmill. If my knee is tweaking, I can use the bike. If I just feel crappy, I can do yoga.

3. The pool and hot tub. There just isn't a substitute for this in a home environment! When I was pregnant with my daughter, water aerobics was the only pain-free time of my entire day - taking all that weight off my back was awesome. Now, I love swimming laps. Just being in the water and moving feels good.

4. The scholarships. Unlike any other gym, the Y offers scholarships to help pay for memberships and classes. They're usually based on your income, so for our family of four living on less than $50,000/year, it's the only way we could afford a membership to ANY gym.

5. Free childcare. I have two children at home with me. The only way I get exercise is if I go running before my husband leaves for work in the morning, or if I take them to the Y, where they can run around and play for 2 hours while I work out and take a shower in peace!

My personal opinion is that a good gym, like the Y, offers so much more than a home gym possibly could. Just the childcare makes it worth it!

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I think you might need some extra motivation to keep up the routine of working out, so I would opt for the gym. Water aerobics is a wonderful workout for your back and easy on the joints. Most gyms have great evening classes to let you workout around a tough work schedule. I go in the mornings before work and then aerobics (water) at night and then walk for a mile. It is a great way to motivate and you can get to know some of the ladies in the classes and see if they would like a workout buddy. Either way...Good luck!!!

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