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CROQUETCOURT Posts: 17
10/15/18 9:31 A

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Hi. Wish me luck. After reverse shoulder surgery 6 months ago, my dr. cleared me to work out every other day. So, with a hundred pounds to go, I am going to brave New York Sports Club and start using the machines.

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10/15/18 6:33 A

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I second the recommendation for water classes! Not only do you get a great workout, they are SO MUCH FUN!!! My gym has Aqua Zumba and Aqua Fit cardio/strength classes, and none of us worry about what we look like. We're too busy having fun and trying not to fall off our pool noodles!
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10/14/18 8:47 P

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Water exercise classes are a good way not to be seen -- I'll even sometimes continue the previous exercise and not do the current one and nobody will notice.

But the reality is that, no, nobody cares about you in the gym -- unless you're using a weight machine that someone's waiting for, or the meatheads are there. And the meatheads judge *everybody* not just the new members.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/stop-looking-like-a-fool-at-the-gym
https://www.precor.com/en-us/resources/gym-anxiety-how-get-over-it

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10/13/18 9:16 P

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What a great idea. I too am embarrassingly overweight and worry about how i am going to look when I start my gym membership in November. I changed my Medicare plan recently to cover Silver Sneakers. so I can afford to go. I will still have to walk 20 minutes or so just to get there, and then that long to get home again. This will be a tremendous effort for me. They have a pool so I hope to walk there and then relax a bit in the pool. I am working up to the walk in October so I can handle it in November. Given that I am willing to do all this to lose weight and get fit, I have very little to be embarrassed about! I will try to remember that. I hope you do too! I am glad you posted on this subject, thank you, because I have been worried about it and now I feel a bit supported.

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10/13/18 2:46 P

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Love your positive attitude! Woo hoo for you!

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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10/13/18 1:25 P

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I am really overweight for my height and sometimes when I go to the gym I feel insecure when some young fit body steps up on a machine next to me and starts pounding out a strong workout.
I have decided to bring a book to the gym! It keeps my eyes off of what other people do so I don't feel insecure and its safe enough as long as I stick to the treadmill and bike machines for cardio. Sometimes I do the elliptical or stairs but its hard to read on those machines. However, at those machines there are spaces for phones so I can watch something on youtube with the free wifi.
My point is there are solutions to this problem and it will not defeat me...
I read weightloss books too at the gym and its a big motivation. I never read those books outside of the gym so I tell myself if I want to read it then get to the gym and I go. Its a good motivation for a bookworm like me:)





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