HELP - Looking for new gym, need advice on best weight loss approach & equipment

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    Jul 11, 2014 12:11 PM GMT
    Just got my SilverSneakers card in the mail, a bennie at age 65 of my HMO medical plan. Gives me free health club membership; now which to choose?

    My current gym has gone bankrupt (yet again). It's the closest to me, walkable and largely gay, but declining in recent years, always reducing its facilities. I'm ready to look elsewhere, even if it stays in business for now.

    My selection is limited to SilverSneakers participating places, which around here are all locals or area chains, no big nationals like LA Fitness or Gold's. So I need to choose by installed equipment, but my experience is limited to what I've been using. I'm going out looking this weekend, would appreciate your thoughts.

    My goal is low-impact weight reduction and cardio-vascular health. I'm been using bicycles and elliptical machines that are easy on me, but not with much success. I avoid treadmills, hard on the ankles & knees, and a running track is out. Stairclimbers are hard on my knees. No places have swimming, which I dislike anyway. Are there newer machines, or a better approach I should want?

    Thanks!
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    Jul 11, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
    OK, visited one gym already today. Got impatient to get this show on the road. Kinda liked it. Lots of Cybex equipment.

    But it's still the same bicycle and elliptical stuff, nothing new. They do have special SilverSneaker classes for seniors, so maybe that will help my weight loss goals. The next class I can observe is Monday.

    I told my husband they have treadmills, of course, and that does interest him. If I join we'll want him to do it with me, too, when he can. He's got SilverSneakers, also, so we can go together at no cost.

    They've also got both a sauna and steam room, so that's a big plus for me. More the dry sauna; heat after a workout always helps me to avoid muscle aches.

    So I've already got a possible candidate, but it's sorta the same old-same old. I was hoping for something new & different.
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    Jul 11, 2014 11:31 PM GMT
    The secret to weight loss via cardio is HIIT. Steady cardio is practically useless.

    Oh, and all those nice brunches and dinners probably aren't helping. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 12, 2014 1:48 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe secret to weight loss via cardio is HIIT. Steady cardio is practically useless.

    Oh, and all those nice brunches and dinners probably aren't helping. icon_lol.gif

    You are so cruel! And so right! icon_redface.gif

    We just had lunch today at Rocco's Tacos on Las Olas. I REALLY didn't want to go, but friends did, and hubby wouldn't go without me, so... My enchiladas were very good, though, another of those trendy Las Olas places.

    And 2 nights before it was prime rib night at Tropics. You recall you had Sunday brunch with us there. Well, we've got our monthly brunch group meeting there this Sunday, about 20 of us. What am I to do? It's obligatory. icon_confused.gif

    You're correct about HIIT, and I've used that method before. I've gotta stay ahead of my eating, because it truly often is a social obligation I can't avoid. Like a mixer I had to attend this past Tuesday night, also on Las Olas (ever been to YOLO?).

    I read up some more about HIIT, and it may be better at burning calories than some other approaches, better than I previously realized. Thanks for reminding me about it. Steady cardio may be part of why I haven't been seeing any progress.
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    Jul 12, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThe secret to weight loss via cardio is HIIT. Steady cardio is practically useless.

    Oh, and all those nice brunches and dinners probably aren't helping. icon_lol.gif

    You are so cruel! And so right! icon_redface.gif

    We just had lunch today at Rocco's Tacos on Las Olas. I REALLY didn't want to go, but friends did, and hubby wouldn't go without me, so... My enchiladas were very good, though, another of those trendy Las Olas places.

    And 2 nights before it was prime rib night at Tropics. You recall you had Sunday brunch with us there. Well, we've got our monthly brunch group meeting there this Sunday, about 20 of us. What am I to do? It's obligatory. icon_confused.gif

    You're correct about HIIT, and I've used that method before. I've gotta stay ahead of my eating, because it truly often is a social obligation I can't avoid. Like a mixer I had to attend this past Tuesday night, also on Las Olas (ever been to YOLO?).

    I read up some more about HIIT, and it may be better at burning calories than some other approaches, better than I previously realized. Thanks for reminding me about it. Steady cardio may be part of why I haven't been seeing any progress.
    Didn't mean to be cruel, but yeah, I've been there. It's hard to cut down on eating when it's become ingrained into daily life.

    I went to YOLO a couple years ago. Awesome place! I was with a straight crowd, but didn't feel out of place in the slightest...perfect diversity there. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 12, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Didn't mean to be cruel, but yeah, I've been there. It's hard to cut down on eating when it's become ingrained into daily life.

    I went to YOLO a couple years ago. Awesome place! I was with a straight crowd, but didn't feel out of place in the slightest...perfect diversity there. icon_biggrin.gif

    Oh, you weren't cruel at all! I was just teasing! You know how I love to be silly!

    This was a gay & lesbian business & professional networking group at YOLO last Tuesday night. About 70 of us, in a detached room with bar separate from the main restaurant, with its own entrance onto the circular drive. So in our case there were few straights there, although our group is "straight friendly" and has straight members. We also do sit-down lunches at different places in the area.

    Let me know if you see any potential for attending one yourself. You can sign yourself up for the mailing list, but I'll still let the organizer Dan know if you plan to come to an event, to give you a nice welcome. Mention our names as reference if the online request allows that.

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    Jul 13, 2014 4:32 AM GMT
    Does 24 Hour Fitness qualify under your plan? If yes, I say go for it. I really like that they're open 24 hours. Also, all of the location nationwide have gone through a remodeling. So if you've been to one before and thought it was dumpy, I'd suggest revisiting. They most likely cleaned it up.
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    Jul 13, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDoes 24 Hour Fitness qualify under your plan? If yes, I say go for it. I really like that they're open 24 hours. Also, all of the location nationwide have gone through a remodeling. So if you've been to one before and thought it was dumpy, I'd suggest revisiting. They most likely cleaned it up.

    Unfortunately, no. 24 Hour Fitness does not appear on a search for SilverSneakers participating facilities. As I said above, few national chains do, aside from the YMCA. And I don't have one of those near me.

    But I'm kinda leaning to joining this local place tomorrow, that has the few things I want, and can use. Plus they have organized classes for SilverSneakers seniors. I'll be observing their regular Monday morning session, and will speak with the instructor. If I'm satisfied, I'll join.
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    Jul 15, 2014 12:58 AM GMT
    OK, I joined a new gym today. I went and watched their SilverSneakers class (65+), and then talked with the instructor afterwards. They have it Monday through Friday, and I wanna do it. And I told my husband he's gonna sign up tomorrow, too. We can do it together!

    Plus, they have a men's sauna and a steam room. While it's lovely to sit inside with other naked guys, the truth is that without my eyeglasses on they might as well be women, and I wouldn't know it. icon_sad.gif

    The real benefit is that a heat soak after a work-out helps me avoid muscle aches. I prefer a dry sauna over a steam room, what I've done for over 40 years.

    So I'm real enthusiastic about this. And it's free for me and my husband! My goal is weight loss and cardio-vascular fitness. I can only use low-impact floor equipment, so any suggestions you guys have would be appreciated (see my earlier above).