Starting workout routine suggestions

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    May 18, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    So I am new to this website along with being fairly new to working out and was looking for some advise. I recently joined a local gym for the first time a little less than a month ago to start getting into better shape. I was given three free trainer sessions to start up and have gotten conflicting advise on how I should start working out. I had my first training session and the trainer went over the basics and showed me the machines that I should start with which I have been doing for the past three weeks. i just had my second session with a trainer today with a different person since the first person I trained with is no longer at the gym. Both trainers have given me two completely different workout routines though so I am not sure which one I should do now.

    The first trainer advised me to be mostly using the Keiser machines that they have there and this is what he said I should do.

    Day 1
    10-15 minutes of cardio to warm up
    arm curl macine
    military press machine
    tricep machine
    biaxial upper back machine
    2 machines to workout my core(not sure what they are called)
    10-15 minutes of cardio again

    Day 2
    10-15 minutes of cardio to warm up
    biaxial chest press machine
    leg extension machine
    leg press machine
    seated leg curl machine
    2 machines to workout my core again
    10-15 minutes of cardio again

    The second trainer said I should follow this routine which is mostly for stability and not really using that many machines:

    stability squat curl & press
    stability ball dumbbell press
    ball squats/lunges
    standing cable row
    25 minutes of cardio

    So both routines are fairly different and am not sure which one to follow. Any help would be great appreciated!
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    May 18, 2011 5:29 AM GMT

    I really think it depends on how comfortable you are with working out. The reason I say this is because if you are coming from a sedentary lifestyle and cannot lift very much, it is sometimes discouraging to be put on a machine and not be able to lift very much; especially if you are in the weight room.

    A more conservative beginners routine would be just the resistance exercises that the 2nd trainer suggested. Either workout is great.. Just choose one that makes you feel comfortable with yourself!

    Hope that helps!

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    May 18, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Yes, I am definitely coming from a more sedentary lifestyle. I definitely can't lift all that much weight on the machines yet (especially arm curls and military presses) but I don't feel discouraged from it. The gym that I signed up for is great so far in that I see people working out that are really strong and people that are from the exact opposite side there so it's not like I feel less than other people there.

    What I am thinking about doing is to keep doing the first routine because it seems to be more about muscle strength and then maybe just add some of the other moves into the routine to help with stability and core.

    The person that signed us up for the gym is one of the managers there so I will probably try asking him next time I go in what his opinion is as well.

    Thanks for the advise Cameron! Any more would be greatly appreciated.
  • wander2340

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    May 18, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    I agree with Cameron. The key is to do something you can be successful at. As you become stronger and more experienced you will certainly change your work out routine. Just keep showing up and doing your best.

    There are TONS of great tips on this site. Simply do a search on any topic and you'll be amazed what you find.

    And, I would also recommend trying P90X. It's full of great work outs and you can do most of them without any gym equipment.