Beginner Questions

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    Mar 01, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    I've literally just started going to the gym a few weeks ago... I've avoided it since I'm naturally pretty slim. I'm not really at the point where I'm doing any lifting beyond free weights, but I have two simple questions.

    1.) How tired should I be after a workout? Is being a little sore the next day ideal? Should my arms feel tired and floaty afterwards, or is that too much? I don't have any sense of the feedback that my body's giving yet, so advice would help.

    2.) My gym has saunas / steam rooms. What's the difference? What's the function? After what kind of workout is it appropriate to use them?

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    Mar 01, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    I would definitely like to know the answers to these too! Thanks for asking em!
  • benarw

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    Mar 02, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    If you're just starting out always start with lighter weights and focus on good form. Don't try to lift as much as humanly possible from the get go. Listen to your body. Especially during your first couple of weeks you'll probably be really really sore a day or two after working out. Most importantly LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you're feeling really sore after a workout do some light cardio. Anything that gets you moving will help.
    After a good workout I always feel kind of energized. Sometimes whatever body part I worked that day does feel kinda of "floaty" but it goes away after a few minutes and then I just feel pumped.

    As for the sauna/steam room question, the sauna is dry heat, whereas the steam room is wet heat. Both are great for relaxing after a workout. Make sure you hydrate before and after going in either. I find that spending 15min in the sauna after lifting days helps my body be less sore the next day. Though everyone's body is different.

    Lastly, I'm going to say this one more time, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Your body knows what it can handle and will tell you. Hope that all proves somewhat useful.

    Enjoy your workouts!
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    It depends on your goals.
    I try to aim for jello-like arms. Mmmmm jiggly.