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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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feistydiva
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Basically, I start with about 20-25 minutes of cardio on the elliptical trainers (best for low-impact work, IMO) for each daily workout, which is on top of the cardio from my pedestrian commute (about 0.5 mile or so each way) to the gym.

For the next 45 minutes, I alternate doing upper body one day, then lower body the next day. I generally try to mix it up between free weights and circuit machines for the upper body (pecs, shoulders, triceps, biceps, back, etc.). For the lower body (glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, etc.) I use the circuit machines and do some squats.

I always finish with abs. I try to use the medicine balls for crunches to push it a little further. I also do some leg raises since they work a different portion of the abs.

It's good to pick up a fitness magazine now and again to get some new ideas to incorporate into your workout. I wouldn't get a subscription unless you are good about tearing out the parts you need. I actually have a veritable slew of completely intact Shapes if you want to borrow some.

I have actually had good experiences with the PTs at Bally's. Everything they teach you can be done on your own. I just get a couple of sessions every 6-8 months just to see if there's something different I can be doing. If the PT you're using is associated with the gym, I would let the manager know what your experience has been. PTs should really be helping you develop routines you can do without them the rest of the time you're going to the gym.
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Finding out what everyone does is tremendously helpful.

And I'll take your suggestion about the PT. I've already paid for a few more sessions, so I'm going to give him the opportunity to show me stuff I can do on my own, but if he's resistant to that, I do think the gym should know.
mercurialgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Already-paid-for sessions suggestion: it might be a good idea to go ahead and develop a couple of workouts before the next time you see him, bring the workout sheet and everything, and have him show you the proper form, on freeweights and machines.

This isn't something he's allowed to be hesitant about, by the way -- you've paid him to train you, but you might have to get a bit firm with him so that he's clear on what you want him for.

You can do it!
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Trouble is, I see him tomorrow, and I have no time between now and then. And I wish I could make sense out of that (admittedly, very interesting and thorough) site. Sigh.

I'm going to try to get through to him about it tomorrow. Will report on results!

*hug!smooch*

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