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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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tafkarfanfic
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
I second Stumptuous. Also, I avoid machines like the plague, and I don't find that I need a spotter. I'm using the routine she has set out toward the bottom of this page, but I'm planning to switch to this one soon.

I will tell you that EVERYTHING she says about squats are true. Never have I been so pleased with the results of an exercise.

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