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The personal trainer has served several purposes, not least of which is motivating me to get to the gym often. However, he is pricey, and I think he is starting to sort of cramp my style a bit. I find myself not wanting to experiment and try new machines, etc., because the trainer doesn't use machines, and instead has me mostly doing odd stuff with an aerobic step, a body ball and some small weights that are complicated and kind of require assistance and spotting. Almost as if he doesn't want me to develop an exercise routine that I can do on my own...

So I'll be ditching the trainer soon. And my questions to you all are: what do you actually do in the gym? Are there machines you like? Do you work your whole body each time you go in, or do you do some kind of split? Only cardio one day, then only weights the next? And, can anyone point me to good web resources for building routines?

I'm trying to approach this as a new hobby, in order to keep it interesting to myself, and not like a tedious chore. So any thoughts or suggestions you could offer would be tremendously helpful.


Aug. 30th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
My plan probably isn't the best (I know I should mix it up more) but here's what I do:

Mon, Wed, Fri I do 40 minutes on the treadmill, with hills.

Tuesday and Thursday I do 20 minutes on the treadmill (no hills), then I do some upper body stuff on the machines. I used to do lower body too, but I have such a limited amount of time I decided that all the treadmill work was probably enough for lower body (plus my calves are already HUGE).

There's a beginning step class starting on Saturdays I might check out, and I'm thinking of doing a (non-gym) yoga class once a week.
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
One of these days I can stay late and go through the weights with you.
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Also:
Thanks for letting me know your routine. It's clearly working for you, so I figure it's worth taking into consideration.

I might be on vacation starting sometime next week (everything depends on how soon I can get this st00pid project done) So I could arrange to meet you earlier than usual, probably.
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Also:
I might be in training next week. I'll let you know...



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