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2/15/12 11:09 A

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LOL!!! That was a pretty funny joke!!! :D

Thanks for all the suggestions!!! It's been a couple of weeks now and I'm proud to say that I just bit the bullet and went down to the weight room (machines for now)!!! I asked a couple of employees some questions when I needed help & am off to a great start!!! I found a great full body workout at! I'm also going to check out that website as well!!! My gym does offer bodypump and alot of other classes.,...I just can't seem to get there for the classes based on my baby's routine! :) We tend to go in the late morning! It's perfect because hardly anyone else is there!!!

Mandy :)

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1/25/12 10:13 P

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Jeckie, thanks for that, because I was wondering the same thing.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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1/25/12 7:32 P

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Weight Training ...Where to start?

The Gym of course!

(ha, bad joke.. i know)

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1/25/12 6:05 P

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I second checking out . Krista's tough, and some of her opinions are a bit preachy, but there is SO much good info on her site and she doesn't play to the idea that women shouldn't lift heavy.

Jeckie (aka. Sarah) - Lowell, MA - EST
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I have no "goal weight". MY goal is to be as healthy, strong and active as I can be. This isn't about my relationship with the scale but my relationship with the world.

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1/25/12 4:44 P

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Don't fear the freeweights! If you are pressed for time and have to work out around the baby's schedule, free weights are the best.

I agree with the others who said that your gym should give you a complimentary training session. If they don't it's probably worth it to pay for a session or 2. Just be honest with the trainer that you need it to get familiar with the gym, the weights and a routine.

YouTube and fitness magazines are also good resources for weight workouts.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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1/25/12 8:20 A

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1/24/12 5:32 P

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Usually there is an orientation that gets you started. If not there are usually people around who can give you suggestions. The gyms I have been to have a circuit that if you use each machine you work each part of your body. This a good place to start. As you get better you can start in with the free weights which are much better in my opinion. But just to start you should try the machines. They put your body in the right position and most of them have a description on the machine as to what it does.

If you can afford some sessions with a trainer then I suggest you do that. It is a really big help to get you started.

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1/24/12 2:54 P

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Most gyms offer a free or complimentary session with a personal trainer and he/she can help you make a plan and show you proper form for lifting. Also, there are some pretty good DVDs out that you can watch in the privacy of your own home, so you can practice the exercises. I like Cathe Friedrich @ She very clear in her directions.
When you get into a routine, you can either do a 3-day split (full body every other day) or 4-day split (upper body 1 day, lower body the next, skip a day and do it again).
Good luck and welcome back!

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1/24/12 1:41 P

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Does your gym have BodyPump or BodySculpt classes? They are barbell classes that will sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. You get a little cardio too.

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.

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1/24/12 12:28 P

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Hey Everyone!! It's been a while! I just had a baby 4 months ago & am now getting back into the weightloss grove again!!! I just joined a gym (for the first time ever!!) and I am so excited!!! I LOVE running outdoors way better. But, for now, with the baby, the treadmill at the gym it is (since they have childcare)!!

Anyway, I've only been twice to the gym. They offer amazing classes, but because of naps and feedings for the baby, I can only go around his schedule. So, my plan is to get back to running on the treadmill & do some weight training! The only thing is....I don't know where to even begin with all of this. The other thing is time. I can probably get to the gym 3-4 times a week right now & I want to make the most of it! Also, it's kind of scary going to the free weights. I just don't want to look like I don't know what I'm doing!!! I know weight training is SO importatnt. I've never been really consistent at it. Mostly because of lack of knowledge!

Do any of you know of a good website or any suggestions on how to do this? Like when to workout which muscle groups on which days, etc... And then there are all of those machines!!! OMG!!! So overwhelming! I am just so ready to be back in shape!!!


Mandy :)

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