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My gym experience

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I took the leap this past week and I joined LA Fitness! I probably should have taken the time to look around and shop for gyms, but I really liked this place. They have the full cardio section with treadmills, ellipticals and bikes, and the weight section. They also have a four lane pool and sauna, which I'm excited to use. They also have a lot of classes offered which is free to the membership, and they have three courts where you can play handball or tennis. What was the best thing was the kids center where I can come and bring my daughter. Kid care is no longer a problem for me, or an excuse.

On Tuesday I went for my first workout, and I think I over did it. I went in the morning and walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes and then went on the bikes for 23 min. Then that night I went back and walked on the treadmill for an hour. Let me tell you- I was in so much pain that night. My knees were on freaking fire. I had to send my husband out to get ibuprofen. I think I over did it lol. I was just so excited to start working out, that I pushed myself.

Well, today I went back to the gym today because I had a free hour long session with a personal trainer. I knew they were going to try and talk me into signing up for sessions, and to be honest I just can't afford that. At all. So, I figured I'd use that session and get some info to help me. Well, the guy measured my body fat- 49.5% ugghh. And my BMI- 49. Wonderful, makes me feel so warm and fuzzy about myself. Well, he then said that the long workouts like going on the treadmill for an hour isn't good for you. Which is NEWS TO ME. Which brings my question- is that true??? For example, we did 10 minutes on the elliptical as a warm up and then we spent almost 20 minutes doing these step ups. With hand weights. And that was it. He said that if I did the personal training sessions, the sessions would only be approximately 30 minutes long. How on earth is working out for only an hour a week going to help me? Is that right that the treadmill isn't going to help me, or was he just trying to sell personal training sessions?
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    I think he was trying to sell you on his services. You do want to start out a little slower so you don't over do it. If you only have time for a 30 minute workout that's ok too. It's 30 minutes more than nothing! But try to be consistent and gradually build up to an hour at a time. Your body will thank you!

    2956 days ago
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    I think he was trying to sell you more sessions. Which in his defense is his job. I think starting off light--walking for 20-30 minutes 5 to 6 times a week or even every other day)-- is a great way to start! I think what personal trainers do is mix it up and surprise a body into new things; good news is Coach Nicole puts up free videos on SP to train us so we can go to the gym in peace and also get a virtual free personal trainer :D
    2959 days ago
    I think he was trying to sell you the sessions. Although, I guess that walking everyday for an hour can definitely do some wear and tear on your joints, especially on your knees.

    Anyway, I agree with Benny. I have found that consistency is the key. I use to work out hard for 2 hours, but then I would have to take then next few days off because I was sooo sore. Now I workout 45 minutes a day. It's a lot easier for me and now I look forward to working out instead of dreading it.

    2959 days ago
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    Congrats on taking that big first step and joining the gym!
    I have the issue of going too hard every time I start back up at the gym and then my body screams in pain. I am starting to find that consistency is better than over doing it for a day than needing to rest for three days.

    Maybe that is what your trainer was trying to get at. 30 minutes a day, consistently rather than two hours one day and hurting yourself for the rest of the week.

    Keep at it!
    2960 days ago
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