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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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rottenlilgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
Here is what I have been doing...

40 mins on the elliptical trainer
1 hr of weights

I use a combination of the cybex machines and free weights. I tend to mainly upper body. But I add in the leg press because I want to add to what the elliptical trainer does. Most of the machines will give you exact instructions of how to use them. Just try to cover the whole body. To shorten your workout look for machines that work more than one area of the body.

Also, I just read in my latest Women's Health magazine that you should do weights before cardio because you burn more fat that way. Women's Health is a great mag I think.

One final thought. You are paying the trainer. Ask him/her to show you how to use the machines. Explain that you are interested and you want to know so you can carry on with them for sessions you dont meet.
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
An hour and 40 minutes... like, everyday? Cause that's fairly hardcore.

Weights before cardio. Interesting. I'll have to see about trying that.

And thanks for the very good suggestion re: the trainer.
rottenlilgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Not everyday...3-4 days a week. I started with 3 days and this week I am upping to 4.

Now granted this schedule may not work for everyone but I have really seen results since I started this at the end of June. I have lost 8 pounds and better yet I have seen a real difference in muscle tone, strength and endurance.

Yup..weights first. If you want it I can email the exact wording.

No problem. It just seems to me that he/she should be training you to workout on your own and if the machines are something you are interested in there is no reason why you shouldnt request to learn them.
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
You know, if it's not too much trouble, I would really love a link to the article/study. Just sounds very interesting.
mercurialgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
(Warm up somehow before you do any weights!!! Please please please! Verrrry important)
mercurialgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
(although one way of warming up before "doing" weights is also by doing a bunch of reps on a machine with no weight -- apparently there's something helpful about working the specific muscle or muscle group in the specific motion you're gonna use, but I've forgotten the details)

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