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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.

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aghrivaine
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
Personally, I try and do cardio every day as a warmup, and then do weights - split between back and shoulders one day, and chest and arms the next. I try and do core muscles every day, too - but only when I'm not being a lazy, inertia-ridden blob.
vicar
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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My routine isn't, and it's insane. I don't do cardio like I should in the gym, but I supplement with boxing, hiking, and mountain biking. Grr.

I do a combination of weights and machines, but the way I use machines makes teh form extremely important. You can do what I do wrong very easily - no harm done, just not burning your msucles into a pile of oatmealish goo like I do.

I love cybex shtuff - as noted by rottenlilgirl below. Her tactful comment is cool too, about moving away from personal training.

I can show you how to build most muscle groups an do good form - I don't knwo so much about nutrition and long sets vs. power, but I can help you with what I do know. I'll be in Gold's today around 4:30 until 6 or so I think. It's my easy workout day - just abs, legs, then if I'm up for it running (depends on the leg and knee owies).
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much for all the suggestions. I find it very useful to hear about what you do, but I think I would benefit from getting direct help from someone who's a little closer to my fitness level. And I need to take it a little easy today, anyway, so it's the plain old recumbent bike for me.

Lame, I know, but I'm in there all the time now, so it's a start.
vicar
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Not lame! Yeah, I'm kind of insane - but that's easy for me. I've been at this crap for years. I have nothing but respect for anyone that is trying to climb the hill where the slope is steeper.

I'm good for occasional tips too, just ask when you run into something I might be able to help with. I'm just available as a resource possibility.
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :)
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
So, the concensus seems to be that it *is* OK to work core muscles every day. That's good to know.

Thanks for your input.
aghrivaine
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's almost necessary! your core muscles are extremely strong and hard to fatigue. You can tire your arms out quite easily doing simple curls - but your abs are going to take a major thrashing to reach total muscle failure. Plus, they recover quicker than other muscles.

Of course, I say all this, but in no way pay it any attention in my own personal workouts, where I know I ought to spend most of my time doing situps and what not. But I don't. So take my advice as purely intellectual, plus also parotting stuff we learned in Army Master Physical Fitness Trainer class.

Oh, and stretch out AFTER you exercise.

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