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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
After months of promising myself, Ive finally decided to join the gym:) but i could use some advice, ive never even been in a gym before:oops: lol.

firstly, Can anyone recommend some trainers?:)

And second, ive heard that your not suppose to do cardio first, That you should do weights and then do cardio. But i was thinking of hitting the treadmill first, then doing weights:? i know it would be easier to just ask a trainer, but im gonna be really shy and self conscious at first, so i just wanna get in there, work out and then leave without looking at, or talking to anyone LOL.

and lastly, what exercises or machines should i use to tone my arms and stomach? Thanks :)
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #2
Before you do any weights you want to be doing a warm up first so hitting the treadmill won't do you any harm as long as you gradually pick up the pace.

I'm no expert but normally I do about 30min cardio followed by weights of all sorts and finish up with 10 min cardio as a cool down.

Whatever happens, if you're joining a reputable gym you should be doing an induction first. Most cardio & weight machines and defo all free weights need to be done properly so guidance when you first start is essential if you don't want to injure yourself!

Do it properly, take professional advise and build up gradually, you never know you might enjoy it!

Ian
#3
i used to do sit ups to tone stomach

thats when i had a six pack

just three reps of twenty
1 Like #4
personal question, how old are you?

what do you think you could lift on your arms, chest, legs, shoulders, stomach?

do you prefer dumbells and free weight training or machines?

i go to the gym quite regularly, if you have msn or an instant messenger ill show you what i do, i had advise from a fitness trainer on how i should do it, but im only 16 so may vary for what advice, somebody like yourself may get. hence the asking of age :)

J
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1 Like #5
First up, I'd say don't bother with a trainer - didn't do me any harm :) . Check out sites such as

http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/index.php

(I know it says it's for Women, just as good for chaps too) and :

http://www.exrx.net/

There are some (short) videos of exercise instruction on there. Oh and :

http://www.davedraper.com/

Nice weekly newsletter from there + good forums/articles too.
banned 1 Like #6
Ok as an old seasoned gym user and if you have signed up to a gym your membership should have the following terms mainly for health and safety.

Gym induction... they ought to take you round all equipment and give you a demo on how to use it, normally the induction is teamed u with a basic exercise routine, plus during this the gym staff should give you the blurb about the equipment etc
, if they take your money and you dont get an induction and your not a reular gym user I personally would wonder what sort of gym your at.

It depends on what your aim is ..me personally I like cardo with some weights, so I tend to hit the tread mill for between 6 to 10 K 3-5 dyas a week , but as we dont know your standard of fitness difficult to say, my rule of thumb... take things steady as you wont get instant results in a day, work to your pace and then when you feel comfortable push yourself to do say an extra 5 min on your run or and extra set of weights..

As for footwear... I get through trainers for a pass time, at the moment I have a pair of Saucony pro-grid..£70 quid or so, but get a GOOD pair of trainers and go to a decent sports shop ( Tony Pryce I use) who know about whats right for your sport/training I would not advise fashion trainers , but I am an old git and my joints need looking after.

get a water bottle and drink plenty while your training and treat yourslef to an IPOD or the like so you dont have to listen to the crappy music they play at Cannons where I train..

apart from that enjoy :-D
1 Like #7
I'm big into thegym, usually around 5/6 times a week and would consider myself knowledgable. It depends alot on what you want to achieve. If you have MSN drop me a PM and i'll have a chat with you on there
1 Like #8
Don't overdo things, especially to start with. You might think you can do lots of work but you might regret it the next day. Take it easy for the first week, & then start building up your workload.

Same as most people here, I do 30 minutes cardio work, 10-20 minutes weights, then 5-10 minutes cardio as a warm down.

Best advice is: ENJOY! As soon as you stop enjoying what you're doing you'll stop going to the gym.
#9
cis_groupie

Best advice is: ENJOY! As soon as you stop enjoying what you're doing you'll stop going to the gym.


Yup. Agreed. Don't get out of "sync" so to speak either, I went on holiday for 2 weeks I'm now screwed because I can't get into gear and get going to gym.

J

ps i dont drive x
1 Like #10
Use a gym ball!! I use it to intensify sit ups/the plank/press ups/squats and it takes the pressure off my dodgy back! I also use the arm bike which is great for toning arms although my OH half has told me that I'm getting a bit butch!! Try looking up static contractions on the web too - I enjoy doing these more than repetative weights and I can really see results. Don't be afraid to ask to make sure you're doing the exercises properly - doing them wrong can do more harm than good.
1 Like #11
if you want to loose some weight use HIIT, high intensity intervel training but always do it after weights, and remember use compound exercises (works 3 or muscles in one movement) not isolated when weight training.
1 Like #12
if youre going to be doing sits do the one thing lots of people forget
back exercises!
if you dont youll get a bad posture, theres nothing worse
#13
I'd recommend a trainer regardless............

Worse thing you could do is rush in there thinking you can do everything ok, Overdo it and look like a plonker walking away crippled.

Most Trainers will be used to dealing with all sorts of people, Short, Tall, Fat, thin, Ugly, Good looking, You name it and they've probably helped them at one stage or another!
#14



Thanks! :D


fox
Before you do any weights you want to be doing a warm up first so hitting the treadmill won't do you any harm as long as you gradually pick up the pace.

I'm no expert but normally I do about 30min cardio followed by weights of all sorts and finish up with 10 min cardio as a cool down.

Whatever happens, if you're joining a reputable gym you should be doing an induction first. Most cardio & weight machines and defo all free weights need to be done properly so guidance when you first start is essential if you don't want to injure yourself!

Do it properly, take professional advise and build up gradually, you never know you might enjoy it!

Ian


Thanks for the advice! :D

jamesterror
personal question, how old are you?

what do you think you could lift on your arms, chest, legs, shoulders, stomach?

do you prefer dumbells and free weight training or machines?

i go to the gym quite regularly, if you have msn or an instant messenger ill show you what i do, i had advise from a fitness trainer on how i should do it, but im only 16 so may vary for what advice, somebody like yourself may get. hence the asking of age

J
x


Im 24, getting old now :-( lol. all i do at the moment is 30 minutes a day on a mini stepper:oops: lol.

john-boy
First up, I'd say don't bother with a trainer - didn't do me any harm :) . Check out sites such as

http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/index.php

(I know it says it's for Women, just as good for chaps too) and :

http://www.exrx.net/

There are some (short) videos of exercise instruction on there. Oh and :

http://www.davedraper.com/

Nice weekly newsletter from there + good forums/articles too.


Thanks, ill check those out :D

dog_cop
Ok as an old seasoned gym user and if you have signed up to a gym your membership should have the following terms mainly for health and safety.

Gym induction... they ought to take you round all equipment and give you a demo on how to use it, normally the induction is teamed u with a basic exercise routine, plus during this the gym staff should give you the blurb about the equipment etc
, if they take your money and you dont get an induction and your not a reular gym user I personally would wonder what sort of gym your at.

It depends on what your aim is ..me personally I like cardo with some weights, so I tend to hit the tread mill for between 6 to 10 K 3-5 dyas a week , but as we dont know your standard of fitness difficult to say, my rule of thumb... take things steady as you wont get instant results in a day, work to your pace and then when you feel comfortable push yourself to do say an extra 5 min on your run or and extra set of weights..

As for footwear... I get through trainers for a pass time, at the moment I have a pair of Saucony pro-grid..£70 quid or so, but get a GOOD pair of trainers and go to a decent sports shop ( Tony Pryce I use) who know about whats right for your sport/training I would not advise fashion trainers , but I am an old git and my joints need looking after.

get a water bottle and drink plenty while your training and treat yourslef to an IPOD or the like so you dont have to listen to the crappy music they play at Cannons where I train..

apart from that enjoy :-D


Thanks. my aim is to get toned arms and a six pack! lol. :D

Donleeone
I'm big into thegym, usually around 5/6 times a week and would consider myself knowledgable. It depends alot on what you want to achieve. If you have MSN drop me a PM and i'll have a chat with you on there


Thanks. But i cant seem to get MSN to install properly :-( lol.

cis_groupie
Don't overdo things, especially to start with. You might think you can do lots of work but you might regret it the next day. Take it easy for the first week, & then start building up your workload.

Same as most people here, I do 30 minutes cardio work, 10-20 minutes weights, then 5-10 minutes cardio as a warm down.

Best advice is: ENJOY! As soon as you stop enjoying what you're doing you'll stop going to the gym.


Thanks! :D

finicky
Use a gym ball!! I use it to intensify sit ups/the plank/press ups/squats and it takes the pressure off my dodgy back! I also use the arm bike which is great for toning arms although my OH half has told me that I'm getting a bit butch!! Try looking up static contractions on the web too - I enjoy doing these more than repetative weights and I can really see results. Don't be afraid to ask to make sure you're doing the exercises properly - doing them wrong can do more harm than good.


Thanks! :D whats an arm bike? lol.

wazb
if you want to loose some weight use HIIT, high intensity intervel training but always do it after weights, and remember use compound exercises (works 3 or muscles in one movement) not isolated when weight training.


Thanks! sounds confusing though! lol :D

madness
if youre going to be doing sits do the one thing lots of people forget
back exercises!
if you dont youll get a bad posture, theres nothing worse


how do exercise your back? lol :D

Iom-RF
I'd recommend a trainer regardless............

Worse thing you could do is rush in there thinking you can do everything ok, Overdo it and look like a plonker walking away crippled.

Most Trainers will be used to dealing with all sorts of people, Short, Tall, Fat, thin, Ugly, Good looking, You name it and they've probably helped them at one stage or another!


Thanks! probably wise..

oh look, i finally figured out how to mass quote! lol. Thanks for all the advice, i have left rep :D but, i kinda feel like not joining now, it sounds like hard work! lol.

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