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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
I think I've reached that time in my life where health is becoming a serious issue and I am no longer "a growing kid" as my family would say. I am getting lower back pains due to being overweight (BMI=34) and need to spend effort in getting myself fit.

Having said this, my pocket is about as serious as my weight so I was hoping someone could help me with gym membership. My nearest gym is a Virgin active one. Does anyone have any special offers for this ?

Many thanks
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#1
cant help but well done on motivating urself to go gym, just try to stick with it!
#2
cut out the junk first.....diet makes the biggest difference.....

why not try running/walking outside?

good luck matey ....i am in ur boat...trying to shift it.... duct tape over my mouth would work best for me!
#3
Thanks guys

I am not a big eater and can control my eating - I used to go into work on train and that kept me quite fit believe it or not. I was still overweight but could run a distance and occaisionally run up a big flight of stairs. Now, I sit in my car and get to work that way. My job is in an office so I get minimal excercise there.

Both my parents have heart issues running in their family (my dad had his heart op some years ago and my mums dad had his in 2002). So, if I carry on the way I am right now, Im destined for some kind of weight related medical problem. That I do not want.

I have said it enough times, that I want to lose weight and get fit, but I think this time it really is starting to sink in ... with all the high blood pressue and diabetes I have heard about from colleagues ... I want to try my best to stay away from it all.

I am 25 by the way so feel I can still make a go of this if I really want.

Back to the point, I am quite low on cash and need something reasonable ... something that I can afford. I have been against gyms in the past but to increase muscle properly, I need the right equipment.

It's really my first day of serious thought on health so I will keep doing some research to see how I cost cost-effectively get fitter.

My right arm is hurting as I type ... not a good sign lol
#4
just found this guys

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/health/cheap-gym-membership

might come in use for someone - did for me!
#5
well atm mine is £41 a month
#6
ah yeah, was just gonna say...wait till january....maybe just do a few road runs....run round ur block if its a safe neighbourhood, then check offers after new years.
#7
acecatcher3;3887530
ah yeah, was just gonna say...wait till january....maybe just do a few road runs....run round ur block if its a safe neighbourhood, then check offers after new years.


yup, seems they come out with quite a few offers in jan. With the current financial climate, hopefully these offers will be worth grabbing.

Thanks
[helper]#8
If you are employed, check if your employer has any special deals with gyms. Some offer subsidised memberships......

The cheapest way to buy equipment is 2nd hand from ebay.
#9
mine is 28 quid but thats cos i dont work so i can go during the day (after i drop lil un off to school to be exact!) however i did up it to full for a month just before my sis wedding.....but the system is charging me the lower rae and letting e use it at night...i know this cos i wanted to upgrade to full so i could go when the kids were asleep....and one of the lovely staff ladies checked it for me and said it would let me go anyways....yay..... cant wait for xmas hols to be over so i can go back.....love the classes..u just cant get the same workout on ur own!!
#10
magicbeans
mine is 28 quid but thats cos i dont work so i can go during the day (after i drop lil un off to school to be exact!) however i did up it to full for a month just before my sis wedding.....but the system is charging me the lower rae and letting e use it at night...i know this cos i wanted to upgrade to full so i could go when the kids were asleep....and one of the lovely staff ladies checked it for me and said it would let me go anyways....yay..... cant wait for xmas hols to be over so i can go back.....love the classes..u just cant get the same workout on ur own!!


im always too scared to go to the classes :oops:
#11
allstar2;3888155
im always too scared to go to the classes :oops:


lol know how you feel!
banned#12
Go work for the government, you can use any government gym for free and do it in work time too. Well 1.5hrs per week.
#13
lumoruk
Go work for the government, you can use any government gym for free and do it in work time too. Well 1.5hrs per week.




WHAT! WHERE! WHY HAVNT I BEEN TOLD! shocking! actually i think we get a reduced rate at our local gym but not free... I will investigate this tomorrow!
#14
lumoruk;3888234
Go work for the government, you can use any government gym for free and do it in work time too. Well 1.5hrs per week.


i actually work on government projects ... does that count ?
banned#15
Cyrus
i actually work on government projects ... does that count ?


sub contractors = no
contractors = maybe
banned#16
dude stop eating meat and dairy for 6months, and reduce ur portion size by 1/3. you need to do cardio not muscle gain.... so buy a set of barbells i think argos had a deal for like £13 and do lots of reps of low weights and go for a jog 3/4 times a week at about 30mins a pop to start off with. increase fruit n veg intake and DONT take vitamin suppliments! oh and learn to like the taste of broccoli.. as you should have it atleast twice a day... think about going swimming too? gym is expensive if ur not going to go....
#17
If you join Pruhealth and you complete some incentives, you'll become a platinum member in no time like I have and get gym membership for dirt cheap.

Your Gym membership should cost about £8-£15 a month if you're in London like I am, which normally costs £70 a month.
Bare in mind there are activation fees no matter how you join the gym but it'll be cheaper than joining on your own.

Is there a Cannons Gym nearby?
If there is, try out a 1 day free trial to see if it's for you but you have to change your diet if you want to see significant changes.

What are you willing to do with your eating habits because you won't lose much weight if you workout but carry on eating sauces, desserts, junk food etc.......are you willing to make that change.......if you're not, then you're wasting your own time by looking into gyms......but I hope you're willing to make this sacrafice.

I joined a gym just over a year ago and quit smoking at the same time and altered my diet (not completely but there's been a significant change) and I've noticed I have much more stamina and look much better.......I feel amazing in comparison and that point, I had started to put on so much weight, I thought I was just going to keep growing until I did something about it.

You can only do this if you really want it...it's all about the mind.

I recommend using treadmills and eliptical bikes heavily for the first few months and then start mixing it up, as your BMI is very high for a 25 year old but it can be controlled.

EDIT: and very importantly, portion sizes have to be reduced.....you can have 3 medium size meals a day and 3 inbetween snacks......I was told you should actually eat something every few hours...e.g have cereal for breakfast, then a couple hours later, eat an apple, then have lunch with something like fish, salad and pasta/rice etc then have a yoghurt a few hours later etc.

Basically, you need to eat something small every 2-3 hours in order to speed up your metabolism, which in return will burn your fatty food faster and without starving yourself.
Starving yourself is actually one of the worst things you can actually do, as it eats muscle first. :)
#18
thanks Imran and RFM. Excellent advice from both of you.

Imran : I actually have a bulky body, so I dont look 15.5 stone ... people are surprised when I tell them. Got a barbell already so will start on those while also jogging (if I can!!) and reducing intake.

RFM: Purhealth didnt work for me unfortunately. I couldnt go onto the core plan with £1000 excess (which expired in sept apparently ?) hence its working out to be too expensive. I know I can cut down the intake as I fast 12 hours a day for 1 month a year and have no issues.

Strong mind is what I need. I know I will make a difference if I have the right mind-set

thanks folks
#19
Cyrus
thanks Imran and RFM. Excellent advice from both of you.

Imran : I actually have a bulky body, so I dont look 15.5 stone ... people are surprised when I tell them. Got a barbell already so will start on those while also jogging (if I can!!) and reducing intake.

RFM: Purhealth didnt work for me unfortunately. I couldnt go onto the core plan with £1000 excess (which expired in sept apparently ?) hence its working out to be too expensive. I know I can cut down the intake as I fast 12 hours a day for 1 month a year and have no issues.

Strong mind is what I need. I know I will make a difference if I have the right mind-set

thanks folks


Remember if you're planning on doing this long term, you'll get your fees refunded the next year....e.g I paid £13.70 last year and because I reached platinum status, I'm only paying £0.79p a month now ;-)
You can also enter in the medium plan and use £1000 access, which works out cheaper than their core plan. :)

Fasting is very bad for your body but I understand why it needs to be done (I'm from a Muslim background myself)....tell me what you ate today and how big were your portions?
#20
Gym memberships now will probably be higher than usual cos everyone intends to lose weight after xmas/new years and my gym was packed at this time last year...But you never know so keep checking your local gym for any offers. Or if any of your friends are members ask them to let you know, fitness first always used to send me cheap joining fee offers.

If your a bit low on money then I suggest you re-consider joining a gym even though you seem really motivated, I was like that at first and pay £28 a month but go on average once every 3 weeks at the moment! I could have saved so much money running around the field opposite my house. I ain't no expert but you can tone up by doing your barbells and weights and do press ups/sit ups in the morning and at night starting off with a low number and increasing week by week.

As for tips on losing weight, I know I'm stating the obvious but you should eat 3 square meals a day at regular times and eat healthy options, and try not eating after 9 o clock or at least 3 hours before you go sleep.

Alternatively you can fast cos I lost 4kgs in ramadhan and I never usually lose weight.lol.
#21
realfriendlyman;3889378
Remember if you're planning on doing this long term, you'll get your fees refunded the next year....e.g I paid £13.70 last year and because I reached platinum status, I'm only paying £0.79p a month now ;-)
You can also enter in the medium plan and use £1000 access, which works out cheaper than their core plan. :)

Fasting is very bad for your body but I understand why it needs to be done (I'm from a Muslim background myself)....tell me what you ate today and how big were your portions?


I have to disagree with you there. There are actually a lot of benefits in fasting, scientifically proven. I myself feel so good after the fasting month ... feel so much more energetic and lighter. It does the body no harm unless you actually dont eat properly before sunrise and after sunset.

As for what I ate, I had an egg sandwich in the morning
then had a choc-chip french bread type thing (quite small)
Glass of juice
3 doughnuts (thanks to the special deal found on hukd!!) I didnt want to eat these but the vouchers will go to waste. Im only thorough my first voucher and am planning to take 2 boxes into work for my birthday - good excuse to get rid without thrwing away !
Then I had a can of coke
Now Im going to have some rice and meat with squash.
Bad bad eating but this, i have to stress, is not what I normally eat.

My normal regime is

weetbix bitesize (choc chip ones) with milk for breaskfast
Lunch prob have some left overs from last night. This migh include chicken or meat , normally with some veges. Normally have naan bread with this.
until dinner, I try to wait and not eat junk food. I normally am successful.
For dinner, something fresh the family makes ... this is normall in the shape of again meat/chicken dishes with rice or naan bread. I normally have squash with this.

I think I know what to do, I've lost weight in the past for my sisters wedding, but really need to build on a routine. I will get there, I am sure of that as its become a medical problem now ... more than a "I need to look fitter" so wish me luck !!

galactico;3889425
Gym memberships now will probably be higher than usual cos everyone intends to lose weight after xmas/new years and my gym was packed at this time last year...But you never know so keep checking your local gym for any offers. Or if any of your friends are members ask them to let you know, fitness first always used to send me cheap joining fee offers.

If your a bit low on money then I suggest you re-consider joining a gym even though you seem really motivated, I was like that at first and pay £28 a month but go on average once every 3 weeks at the moment! I could have saved so much money running around the field opposite my house. I ain't no expert but you can tone up by doing your barbells and weights and do press ups/sit ups in the morning and at night starting off with a low number and increasing week by week.

As for tips on losing weight, I know I'm stating the obvious but you should eat 3 square meals a day at regular times and eat healthy options, and try not eating after 9 o clock or at least 3 hours before you go sleep.

Alternatively you can fast cos I lost 4kgs in ramadhan and I never usually lose weight.lol.


Yeh I lose a bit over ramadhan too.
I think I may just reconsider joinning the gym as I need to lose more weight than gain muscle (already quite bulky).
Will start with long walks and hopefully go onto jogging .... and then some simple pull ups, sit ups and bicep curls.
Thanks for the tip on pruhealth !
#22
You will find it hard, also as being asian it is hard to get away from all the fried food and curries which are no good!!

Good on you mate for trying and hope you succeed!! :thumbsup:
#23
Naeem786;3890989
You will find it hard, also as being asian it is hard to get away from all the fried food and curries which are no good!!

Good on you mate for trying and hope you succeed!! :thumbsup:


Thanks dude

Interesting to see this has attracted a few fellow muslims. I didnt know asians are that into keeping fit! You're right about the lovely food though lol
#24
allstar2
im always too scared to go to the classes :oops:

i go with a friend but initally went on my own....who cares...u gotta start somewhere!!

Cyrus
Thanks dude

Interesting to see this has attracted a few fellow muslims. I didnt know asians are that into keeping fit! You're right about the lovely food though lol


defo hard work with the scrumm samosas and ambala thats always being dished out!:oops:
#25
Cyrus
Thanks dude

Interesting to see this has attracted a few fellow muslims. I didnt know asians are that into keeping fit! You're right about the lovely food though lol


The food, yeh major downfall, so much scrumptious food:roll:

The gym will get easier in time, and as soon as you start shifting some weight and seeing the benefits it will motivate you to go more and more, after a while its quite addictive. I've been going regularly for years now. I really do think its worth the money, what i pay for a month i would prob pay for an evening out.

Good luck with it, and let us know how you get on
#26
thanks guys
lol @ ambala
#27
I currently get fitness first membership for free through BUPA - signed up about 8 months ago, not sure if they still have the offer on
It means I get health insurance and gym membership (off peak) for about £9 a month
Check the BUPA site, thats where I found it
#28
If losing weight is all your after it shouldnt cost u a penny, in fact you will save money.....plot a route near your house on mapmyrun.com....run it 3 times a week, up the distance or speed once your comfortable with the run at a certain pace.....and eat less. Fact.

There are actually a lot of benefits in fasting, scientifically proven


mate for every 'fact proven' for fasting there are similar facts proving how bad it is for you.
#29
Get a Wii - Sorted.



Jokes.
#30
Titchimp
Get a Wii - Sorted.



Jokes.


yeh he will lose pounds alright :p
#31
kungfu;3893701
If losing weight is all your after it shouldnt cost u a penny, in fact you will save money.....plot a route near your house on mapmyrun.com....run it 3 times a week, up the distance or speed once your comfortable with the run at a certain pace.....and eat less. Fact.



mate for every 'fact proven' for fasting there are similar facts proving how bad it is for you.


Thanks for mapmyrun.com
Would be interesting to see disadvantages of fasting ... any link pls ?
#32
I just saw your posts about your current diet.....there's no time like the present mate....you shouldn't be eating doughnuts when you're looking at losing weight and you do need to change your diet on an every day basis with no exceptions.....maybe once a fortnight or so you can treat yourself.

I do recommend you try a daily exercise routine in your current surroundings to see if you're still motivated...as you can't imagine how many people join the gym signing up for an entire year and get bored within the first month or even a couple sessions....but the payments don't stop.

If you're still motivated after the first couple months of working on your own accord e.g going for half hour walks, changing your diet, going for a jog, sit ups. press ups etc, then make the next step and join a gym.

Regarding fasting....there's nothing wrong with it apart from it slows down your metabolism, which means once you do start eating at normal rate once again, you'll gain the lbs quite quickly, which is why you're supposed to have 6 mini meals per day to keep the acids active throughout the day.

My friend died several years ago at the tender age of 18 after losing a ridiculous amount of weight in a short space of time via starvation, as apparantly his heart let him down after a near miss car crash.....basically too much of anything is bad for you...and he went through a starvation period and lost weight too quickly.
Remember that your body is like a well planned out machine and changing something too quickly can have a detramental effect, so remember to go at your own pace and don't do something drastic.

Hope that helps and good luck with losing weight, as it's definitely a mental determination if you want to shed the lbs and be willing to carry on long term.
#33
gyms can b pretty daunting tbh...when i first went i was quite weedy and didnt really know what to do...i fit right in now tho and dont feel like a lost little kid in there....ull just have to go to a class and soon enuf ull feel comfortable.
#34
Oh and if you do decide to join a gym, I highly recommend you join up with a friend that has the same motivation as you, as Ace mentioned, it can be quite daunting when you join a gym with the majority of people having a better body than you, so you can quickly lose your drive.

If a friend joins with you, you can both bounce off each other (that's not a fat joke :giggle:) and lift each others spirits and motivate each other to go on a routine basis. :)

I joined my gym along with my ex and we motivated each other but sadly, she couldn't be bothered after a while but at this point, I was still motivated and continued. :)
#35
acecatcher3
gyms can b pretty daunting tbh...when i first went i was quite weedy and didnt really know what to do...i fit right in now tho and dont feel like a lost little kid in there....ull just have to go to a class and soon enuf ull feel comfortable.


I walk in like I own the place, people wont say anything they all have been in that position of being a newbie!!
#36
Naeem786
I walk in like I own the place, people wont say anything they all have been in that position of being a newbie!!


yeah thats it, think alot of ppl think the men will just b complete idiots who grunt whilst lifting weights in the mirror....when i first started ppl wud come over check u were ok, see if u wanted any tips, corrected ur form etc....i helped out a really small asain kid a while bk and it felt good to repay the favour as i was that guy a while bk.
#37
thanks guys
well i can say that yesterday i ad my normal oatmeal breakfast, then a tuna bagetta and then some risotto ... no fizzy drinks, no chocolates or doughnuts. I already feel more active believe it or not! I also braved it and went for a walk in the very cold! Made me feel better.
Today ive had oatmeal cerial breaskfast again and nothing else. i wont eb able to eat that healthy today as im going to a xmas party and want to make maximum use lol dont go to many parties

I am still quite motivated i would say and will keep u guys upated. i am noting my weight too so will keep checking in the next 1-2 months.

great advice above - really appreciate it. Happy new year everyone!!
#38
well, i ate semi- healthy today given its new years day and have now got sports tracker on my phone so will be recording all my excercises.
#39
Hi guys,

If your unemployed your local council should be able to get you a gym membership if there is still a council run gym there is one here which will cost you 2.50 for 6 months also need a passport photo.
#40
what area do you live in ? i may be able to help

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