Gym Membership (Just getting this off my chest)

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    Jan 27, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    It's been awhile since i made a pointless thread, so why not now?

    Long story short, im finally at a good place in my life, but i've plateaud on all my fitness goals lately. (Same weight for months now) I feel like there isnt much left i can do on my own. So, i was thinking about gym membership.

    I dont have an ideal amount of money to support it but i can. Obviously, going to a gym freaks me out. Having no experience, not knowing what to do. I don't expect to walk in there and just do it. I need to learn how.

    I just need something to help me move past this mental block. Is initially joining a gym hard? How do you learn proper form and all? Where do you even begin when walking in the door? (PS cant afford a personal trainer)

    I can figure out to do cardio. But the rest? Yikes!!! icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 27, 2014 7:21 PM GMT
    As with any new endeavor you need to educate yourself. Go online, read books, fitness magazines, etc. Start with a routine that interests you. Don't get too over confident and pick something too advanced for your fitness level.

    Read, Read, Read and Ask, Ask, Ask.

    You'd be surprised at how many guys in the gym don't know what they are doing either.
  • MikeW

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    Jan 27, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    It really takes a bit of courage to go into a gym when we feel old or out of shape or whatever. So, getting past that psychological bearer where we're more concerned about what others may think is a huge big step.

    My suggestion: Join a gym that has group fitness programs. These can be aerobic type classes or Px90 or something where there is an instructor and a class schedule. When you join the gym talk with the person signing you up about what classes are available, when they meet, etc., and ask them for advice on which to take based on your fitness level and your goals.

    If you find a class you want to take, go early and when the instructor comes in, introduce yourself to him/her and tell them you're new to all this and may need extra help. They're usually very nice and supportive.

    You might want to try several classes to see which kind 'work' for you. It is all very subjective, especially in the beginning. HOWEVER, some classes are more geared to training with light free-weights and explaining form than others--so you may want to gravitate toward those.

    Pace yourself. Especially starting out. It is better to under-do it than over-do it at the beginning. Later on, once you know more about what you are doing and how to do it you can go more all out if you want.

    Do NOT compare yourself to anyone else there. You're not there for them, you're there for yourself. Little by little you can build up a body of knowledge about working out, what works for you and what doesn't. It takes time. Years. The *most* important thing (IMO) is to find something you enjoy enough that you can stay consistent at it. If you find you like playing hand-ball… go for it. If you prefer the solitude of swimming or weight-lifting… go for it. Whateves.
  • MikeW

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    Jan 27, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidYou'd be surprised at how many guys in the gym don't know what they are doing either.

    This is SO true!
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    Jan 27, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
    WaytoJorDawn saidIt's been awhile since i made a pointless thread, so why not now?

    Long story short, im finally at a good place in my life, but i've plateaud on all my fitness goals lately. (Same weight for months now) I feel like there isnt much left i can do on my own. So, i was thinking about gym membership.

    I dont have an ideal amount of money to support it but i can. Obviously, going to a gym freaks me out. Having no experience, not knowing what to do. I don't expect to walk in there and just do it. I need to learn how.

    I just need something to help me move past this mental block. Is initially joining a gym hard? How do you learn proper form and all? Where do you even begin when walking in the door? (PS cant afford a personal trainer)

    I can figure out to do cardio. But the rest? Yikes!!! icon_sad.gif


    Take a community college weight training course . It's the Cheapest way to access a trainer and gym.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:12 PM GMT
    ^^ Good idea. Also, some gyms provide a few introductory sessions with a trainer with new memberships. Basically they show you how to use the equipment (and try to get you to sign up for more paid sessions.) Doesn't cost anything to call around and ask.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    Joining a gym with free group fitness classes and signing up for non-credit community college weight training class are both great suggestions. Cheap ways to get access to instructors who know what they're are doing.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 27, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidAs with any new endeavor you need to educate yourself. Go online, read books, fitness magazines, etc. Start with a routine that interests you. Don't get too over confident and pick something too advanced for your fitness level.

    Read, Read, Read and Ask, Ask, Ask.

    You'd be surprised at how many guys in the gym don't know what they are doing either.


    There are many different opinions by "experts". I wonder just how scientifically the various recommendations have been tested.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    When I joined, there was an intro session included with my package and the trainer I worked with gave me a couple of more sessions just to get me prepared. If you get an intro session, ask questions and make notes, then go online and do more research to reinforce what you learned in the intro.

    The trainers really like to start you off on free weights (and bench pressing just the bar) and resistance work on the mat, and probably elliptical to get you started on cardio. As a gym beginner, you won't do a lot at first and will be moving at a steady pace.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    My gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    I started on my own, download a few fitness apps, watch YouTube videos to gain form and start wherever you are comfortable. It will be intimidating at first but you just need a good playlist and the determination to get it done bud ! Good luck!
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:35 PM GMT
    Level 1: do a workout from Men's Health
    Level 2: do a workout from a personal trainer (they will give the workout to you in exchange for 2-4 sessions)
    Level 3: do a workout from bodybuilding.com or a magazine with VERY veiny men on the front. Even though you are gay, you will still find it weird buying the magazine.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:38 PM GMT
    It can be rather intimidating joining a gym for the first time, or even a new gym. Take it slow. Feel the place out. A lot of gyms give you a free pass. Go when it's incredibly busy and see how you feel there. If it's not the atmosphere that makes you comfortable enough to step out of your comfort zone and workout, then it may not be right for you. I just joined the Gold's Gym in Hollywood...the place intimidates the fuck out of me. Tons of incredibly built guys, much more than me...but put in the time and the anxiety goes away. The eye candy and intimidation can turn into a motivator.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    Its very important that you don't spend the whole time comparing yourself to others. Its an easy trap that a lot of novices fall into. Instead think: I am a unique person in a gym full of unique people, each of whom is making an effort to improve themselves. This is where I belong.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidMy gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif


    Lmfao! icon_lol.gif



    I would give my 2 cents, but it seems like the previous posts before me are all going in the right direction.

    good luck.
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    Jan 27, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidMy gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif


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    Jan 27, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    Excuse the !!!11

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    Jan 27, 2014 8:55 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidMy gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif


    I got you beat, skipper. Mine is $60 icon_lol.gif

  • Jan 27, 2014 9:01 PM GMT
    Everyone who is in the gym is in there for one reason. (granted, their motivation may be different...) We're all there to better ourselves. Make ourselves healthier, stronger, better looking, whatever.

    As long as you're open to taking advice if someone offers it, there's nothing to be worried about. Most of the time, if you're a nice, sociable person, people with more experience are happy to offer advice/help. Everyone started somewhere.

    Also check out Mark Rippetoe's starting strength program. (I don't know what your goals are, but this is a good jumping off point.)
    http://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/62186/47169.PDF
    (this is a condensed version of Starting Strength made by a forum member on Bodybuilding.com)
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    Jan 27, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    Jordan, are you still in school? If yes, see if your school offers an intro weight training class. If not, then check out IVC or some other community college near you.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 27, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    Ya, this^^ exactly. Everyone is there to improve themselves and everyone started sometime. We all remember starting. I've found the gym to be an incredible bunch of good guys who don't care what you're lifting, they just respect you for being there and doing the work. Go on a regular schedule and plan on being there for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. Work, don't talk. Do cardio warm-ups, then do weights. I like to divide my routine up into one day for each major area: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms and Legs. That means five time/week in the gym. Pick 4-6 different exercise per part and do three sets of ten reps for each exercise. Try to mix dumbbells and machines. Cool down with more cardio. If you can't dream up six different exercises per body area, do some online research here or on Bodybuilding.com. Take a protein shake before and just after working out. Caffeine helps, too.

    There's a guy who joined my gym with long hair, a giant earlobe hole thing, sonny as a child. I really didn't like looking at him. But he showed up consistently and is working hard and I've come to respect him.

    When you start getting up in the weight load you're pushing, then get a trainer to watch you for one circuit just to comment on form. Until then, just watch what others are doing and ask questions. Just don't tie up their time-- they're there to work out not train you.
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    Jan 27, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    condom_king said
    jmusmc85 saidMy gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif


    I got you beat, skipper. Mine is $60 icon_lol.gif
    I pay $20 per year. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 27, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    pellaz said24hour fitness will offer a few days of free personal training with new memberships.

    i pay $100 / year at 24hour fitness but been going there a few years now. Use to be the best place to buy a membership at 24hour was at costCo warehouse.

    24hour is not the best place to go, you get what you pay for:
    -some locations the locker rooms, pools are not that clean to the point you can really get hurt (a nasty viral or fungal infection) that takes a long time to heal.
    -they have few downtown locations.
    -the summer air conditioning is usually not working to the point it is disabling to the staff and members. 100F degree weather can happen where live.
    -they have no wifi; todays day and age you can buy a access point box from walMart for like $4.00 so dont know why they dont offer wifi to their members. its the 1990's in there.


    some of the staff is really helpful, most are frustrated and very under paid. Keeping that in mind; set your expectations on low and be happy.


    when i go to the gym i zone out and forget anyone is there. its ME time.
    I take an hour where i answer to no one. Keep the iPhone earphones cranked up to Pandora or stream audio from my server at home.
    If someone wants my attention they can grab me by the shoulders and shake me out of the trance.


    This is kind of the way I started. I just needed to drop a wad for a multi-year membership with some personal training thrown in for the start. It was a stretch, but by throwing down a big ante, I kept myself in the gym more. I was cheap. I wanted to get my moneys worth. Youll break your pleateau and probably have an annual gym membership cost which is low. Mine is $70/year.
  • Fable

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    Jan 27, 2014 9:29 PM GMT
    shawnathan said
    jmusmc85 saidMy gym membership is $79 a month if that helps.icon_biggrin.gif


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    LOL
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    Jan 27, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    Maybe you guys could clear this up, because I can't quite figure it out:
    Exactly how much does jmusmc85 pay for his gym? You know, monthly?