Working our at a busy gym.

  • cvgnorthsider

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    Jun 14, 2007 2:35 AM GMT
    Hello, guys.

    I am just starting to work out, and I know having a routine at the gym is important, instead of just bouncing from machine to machine. I like the the 12-week program and want to start that. From all of your feedback, it seems like a really good plan.

    My question is, how do you stick to this, or any routine at the gym when others are using the equipment? How important is it to do exercises in order? When I go to the gym it is pretty busy and I try to get on the machines for my workout, but not really in any order. Will I still get the benefits of the workout? Or am I losing something from the random workout?

    Thanks for your help.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 14, 2007 5:35 AM GMT
    I am gonna leave this one to NYCmusc4musc he always gives sound gym advice. If he doesn't read your post ask him he is extremely knowledgeable on this!

    remember to say him.
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    I hear you on that one. There have been times at the gym where I work out, and work, that it's been so busy. I either wait patiently, or I plan ahead so that if I cannot do a specific exercise, say for instance bench press, I have an alternative exercise that I can do, like dumbbell presses on a stability ball or press on a smith machine.

    For me, it keeps me focused and my workout time to not drag out.
  • DenveRyk

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    Jun 15, 2007 12:12 AM GMT
    Fortunately, I go to 24 Hour Fitness, hitting the floor at about 2:30 am. Most of the time, it's like having a private gym all to myself. Can do my workout at my own pace and not be frustrated by having to wait for equipment or such. Of course being up at that time of day means being in bed early, but I find I really like the quiet of the morning hours much more than the evening. On weekends, though, I get to have it all!!!!
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    Jun 15, 2007 2:32 AM GMT
    IF your not doing supersetrs or cross training, a good rule of thumb (and not without exception) is try to do all of the excersizes for a particular muscle group together before moving on to the next. Ideally working from the largest muscles to the smallest. For example, if you have to do your chest excersizes out of order it's not too bad as long as you do them all together.

    This also presumes that your goal is building mass or maybe strength as opposed to endurance.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 16, 2007 11:21 PM GMT
    I hear ya...
    working out at a busy gym can make you crazy
    but just try to be more fluid with your workout
    if you're doing chest and you're waiting for the bench press...go on to the incline first
    or if you're doing back do pull downs before your rowing if the machine's in use
    sometimes I'll specifically wait until after primetime to go to workout
    or I'll get up extra early and go in the morning
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:23 AM GMT
    Try to have alternative exercises for everything, especially making sure you have free weight versions that hit the same area. If someone is using a machine, simply alternate to the free weight version until the machine becomes available.