Returning to Gym Jitters

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    Jul 11, 2010 7:53 AM GMT
    And I just realized I'm completely nervous. I stopped going to the gym because I was out of work and it's too expensive. But now I'm employed and my roommate has agreed to be my gym buddy, which I've never had before.

    Anybody else have anxiety about returning to the gym after prolonged absence? I know I won't be back up to my old standards...especially since I just got home at 2 am after a night of drinking.
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    Jul 11, 2010 9:14 AM GMT
    Take the first week easy, don´t try and pick up where you left off. Start as a beginner, do a 45 min session 3 times a week, then next week you can kick it up a bit more, and so on. I have generally found it takes a month to 6 weeks to reboot after a break. You will progress a LOT faster the second time as your body has done this before.
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    Jul 11, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    Come up with an initial plan, a few exercises you want to do so you don't walk into the gym and feel swamped by all the equipment. Then, as suggested above, start out with very modest goals. Make sure you and your buddy are not in competition with each other. I think it's also helpful to maintain a log so you can see your progress. That can be very motivating.
  • mybud

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    Jul 11, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    Dude....your nerves are just playin tricks on ya....Go workout and I promise when you get home you'll be so happy your hittin it again....Much Success...BUD
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    Jul 11, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    ive been going thru the same thing, trust me...but usually when I look at myself in the mirror it motivates me to get my fat ass up and go and then after I did, Im so glad, haha.
  • xysx

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    Jul 11, 2010 8:25 PM GMT
    I'm right there with ya. Rotator cuff injury topped with overtime at work for months put me out of commission for SOOoo long, now., I'm afraid I'll f_ck myself up again.
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    Jul 11, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    Take your time, better to start slow, than to injure yourself, i know everyone has been out of the gym at some point, it only takes time. Good luck mate!
  • benarw

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    Jul 11, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    Don't worry about trying to lift super heavy. Start with light weights and work on form as you figure out what you can safely lift correctly.
    Also, don't be intimidated by the really big muscle heads, everyone started somewhere. When I first started going to the gym back in September I shared your fears. For the first couple months I just used the machines but once I got comfortable I started doing free weights and now most of my workouts revolve around dumbbell/barbell work. When at the gym I'm there to workout, not to socialize. Find your "me" zone and place the focus on yourself.
    Don't forget to breathe. And drink water. And bring an ipod. Oh yeah, and of course, it's ok to enjoy the view. lol
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    Jul 11, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    sexyactionnick saidAnd I just realized I'm completely nervous. I stopped going to the gym because I was out of work and it's too expensive. But now I'm employed and my roommate has agreed to be my gym buddy, which I've never had before.

    Anybody else have anxiety about returning to the gym after prolonged absence? I know I won't be back up to my old standards...especially since I just got home at 2 am after a night of drinking.


    Yep, I just went back six weeks ago after a 25 year absence! Nervous as hell, but it turned out fine. I'm completely addicted now...

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    Jul 13, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    I know how you feel. I've been out of the gym due to a car accident.
    After physical therapy, I started using the dumbbells at home, and doing some sit ups and push ups as well. Keeping my body active at home has helped in keeping the "returning-to-the-Gym" Anxiety away.

    Good Luck
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    Jul 13, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidTake the first week easy, don´t try and pick up where you left off. Start as a beginner, do a 45 min session 3 times a week, then next week you can kick it up a bit more, and so on. I have generally found it takes a month to 6 weeks to reboot after a break. You will progress a LOT faster the second time as your body has done this before.


    Accurate. Basically two to three weeks working on each muscle group (one set) until the muscles are all adjusted to stress.
  • drypin

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    Aug 08, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Occasionally work stress or illness keeps me away for two weeks and I feel like a newbie when I step foot back in the studio. Yeah, I think jitters are natural.
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    sexyactionnick saidAnybody else have anxiety about returning to the gym after prolonged absence?
    Yes, big time! I had to join the Y this summer because I'm working out of state. That's the first time I've been to a gym in several years. It took a few weeks to adjust...not physically (already workout at home) but mentally. I never enjoyed having to drive to the gym, especially on leg day because sometimes they're almost too mushy to drive home when I leave. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    xysx saidI'm right there with ya. Rotator cuff injury topped with overtime at work for months put me out of commission for SOOoo long, now., I'm afraid I'll f_ck myself up again.
    Google rotator cuff exercises and stretches. Do them for a few weeks before lifting heavy, then continue doing them as part of your regular routine. Also, make sure you do them properly and with light resistance. That will help prevent injury.