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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 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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