Local Help to Get in Shape

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    Jun 27, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    I am looking for some help to get in shape. I live in Madison,WI.

    I always lack motivation to go exercise.

    I don't really know where to begin because I don't really have any knowledge in the area.

    Any help would be appreciated!

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    Jun 29, 2012 12:02 PM GMT
    Get a job on a farm--


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    Jun 29, 2012 12:08 PM GMT
    Your gym probably has some kind of boot camp/group exercise. Or they'll have a trainer hold session which demonstrate how to use the equipment. Download a beginners workout routine from online and learn the exercises.

    You'll want to do heavy weight and to see results right away, but give it time. Diet is probably the hardest thing to change and to hold to. Whether you want to lose weight or add muscle, diet is very important. That isn't to say eating less and avoiding fat and carbs but eating enough of the right kinds of food.

    Also, use the resources in the lifting section of this site. Or bodybuilding.com. There are a lot of genuinely helpful people out there. Avail yourself to their experiences.

    As far as motivation, glue pictures of the ideal body you want on your bathroom mirror or computer monitor. Besides being eye candy, it will reinforce your desire to change eating habits and general attitude.
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    Jun 29, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    I think you really need to view this as a "life change" if you are serious.
    It's more than motivation, it is the way you should live your life... that is, if it is that important to you. That's the first consideration.

    If so, you need input for goals. I'd talk to several (up to 5) different trainers and gyms. I don't think you talked about how much money you are willing (or can) spend here, a part of the equation. Usually an evaluation doesn't cost much, so I'd be asking alot of questions, then formulate some real long term goals based on what you want to achieve........ and how you want to live the rest of your life.

    Decide where you are going to go (what gym) and what degree of training help you want and expect. It can be a challenge to get up and work out or make the time. You MUST elevate it as a priority in your day....and that means doing when you doing really want to (we all have those days).

    Good luck... what you are doing can totally transform your life!
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    Jun 29, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    Dean_ saidGet a job on a farm--





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    Jun 29, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    MadExistence saidYour gym probably has some kind of boot camp/group exercise. Or they'll have a trainer hold session which demonstrate how to use the equipment. Download a beginners workout routine from online and learn the exercises.

    You'll want to do heavy weight and to see results right away, but give it time. Diet is probably the hardest thing to change and to hold to. Whether you want to lose weight or add muscle, diet is very important. That isn't to say eating less and avoiding fat and carbs but eating enough of the right kinds of food.

    Also, use the resources in the lifting section of this site. Or bodybuilding.com. There are a lot of genuinely helpful people out there. Avail yourself to their experiences.

    As far as motivation, glue pictures of the ideal body you want on your bathroom mirror or computer monitor. Besides being eye candy, it will reinforce your desire to change eating habits and general attitude.



    I'm going to piggy back on what MadExistance said however, I'm going to add some stuff:

    Most gym do have trainers, and the will start you off with the basic motions, teach your proper form, and how to breathe this is beneficial to you. Plus using a trainer will help you set realistic goals. However depending on your budget they can get expensive and are most often more expensive than your gym membership.

    Using the resources on this site as well as bodybuilding.com is a great way to get some routines if you are going it alone. Both have a great on line community that can be supportive with the right people.

    Now as far as motivation, the picture idea is a great idea just don't go over board with it. In other words if you are 120 lbs don't put a picture of some guy that out weights you by 100 lbs. Give yourself realistic, specific, small goals for instance, I want to gain 5 pounds by August 1, this is very possible and most likely you can exceed that but it gives you that positive motivation when you do.

    Lastly for motivation you can take pictures of yourself, pictures don't lie. Take a picture of yourself this month or when you start and in 30 days take a new set of pictures and compare them.

    Hope this kind of helped.

    Dan
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Dean_ saidGet a job on a farm--



    You too can attract mentors if you work that cornfed midwest farmboy archetype!