Working out is intimidating...HELP

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    Dec 23, 2007 3:24 AM GMT
    Ok,

    So one reason why I joined the site aside from looking at some really HOT people was to actually get some fitness tips and pointers. When I go to the local YMCA, which is almost never, I'm so intimidated by everything because I don't have a clue as to what to do. HELP! What should a serious beginner know and think about before starting a routine and choosing equipment and such. Thanks so much for your advice, I really want 2008 to be a year of change for me.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 23, 2007 3:26 AM GMT
    If you go to a Y, there should be trainers there that can show you the basics of the machinery.
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    Dec 23, 2007 3:29 AM GMT
    Well...i figured out my workout routine by spending a week or 2 just trying out the machines and watching ppl and trying the exercises they were doing (of course with help of a spotter when needed)...i picked te exercises i liked the best and the ones that worked for me and stuck with them...even now i do the same..if someone's doing a workout that i find interesting..i try it out and if i like it..i incorporate it into my regime.

    Oh..make sure to read the instructions on the side of the machines and use the instructors when using freeweights

    Hope this helps..sorry the advice isn't coming from someone hottericon_redface.gif
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    Dec 23, 2007 5:24 AM GMT
    Yeah I would ask a trainer or ask someone on a machine how to do it or what it does. Also, maybe take out a few simple fitness books from the lib? Don't be intimidated, everyone starts somewhere, right?
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    Dec 23, 2007 10:44 AM GMT
    nysexy said

    Hope this helps..sorry the advice isn't coming from someone hottericon_redface.gif

    I doubt he's going to complain, lol.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 23, 2007 12:25 PM GMT
    A trainer will help and give you a bit of a jumpstart on things
    ... but you're going to have to give yourself the permission to get out there and not give a crap about other people and what they may say or think
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    Dec 23, 2007 1:18 PM GMT
    I am just now hitting my year anniversary of seriously working out. I faced a similar challenge and was worried about looking like a goober. Here's the deal, put your ego to rest and realize that people aren't there to watch you. People are there to work out. Yes, they may notice you, but that's it. You need to go for yourself and focus on maintaining good form and making progress. As GQjock said, get a personal trainer to get a solid plan together and to review good form. After that, it's all about you simply sticking with it.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 23, 2007 2:02 PM GMT
    Hey French, best wishes in making 2008 a year of change for you.

    I work out at one of the YMCA branches in Wichita. Our facilities are great and while I don't know if your YMCA is old or newer, I agree with the others that trainers are available. I'd go further, I'd walk through with a manager, talk about the YMCA, the classes and help available and really get a sense of what the facility is about and where all is located.
    Be comfortable and familiar. Get some idea of what you want to accomplish and a path to start you on that path.

    Again, power to you in obtaining your goals!
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    Dec 23, 2007 2:24 PM GMT
    Understand that the I,I,I of worrying so much is all bunk.

    In a world of 6.6 BILLION people, you are really aren't that important. Stay focused. Get it done. Realize that no one gives a shit and that your self-centered worry is self-defeating. Get to the gym, and the rest will fall into place. If someone gives you a hard time, realize there are ignorant folks everywhere. Apply Common Sense 101, quit making excuses, get your behind in motion, and you'll be fine. Come to like yourself, and the rest will follow. I.e., get some balls, and get it done, and stop with the being a wimp. Most things worth doing take us through, beyond, and reshape our comfort zone. Sitting at home being a loser will get you nowhere.

    Put one front in front of the other, and march out the door. There you go...1,2,3,4. Repeat the next day.
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    Dec 23, 2007 2:29 PM GMT
    Yeah, asking a trainer is the best way to learn what you have to do and how.
    You could also participate to a few courses at your YMCA (abs, aerobic...) to get used to the place, the people and to wake up your muscles.
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    Dec 23, 2007 2:35 PM GMT
    On this very site you can find mucho advice on workout programs and they come with photo and sometimes video pictures. On the lead page of RealJock right under the Man of the Day on the left side of the page you will find these different workout programs. You might want to start with the 12 week program they have set up for beginners. You can even print out the workouts with pics to take to the gym with you. The best of luck!!!!!!!
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    Dec 23, 2007 2:47 PM GMT
    I agree with what both dr_drewuva and HndsmKansan said and will add that the most intimidating part for a new person at the gym is actually making it through the front doors. If you've made it that far, congrats to you. While I'm sure many of the members would be more that willing to give you pointers, I would ask for an orientation from the Y staff or personal trainers. Though some members might mean well, they might not know proper form for exercises.
    Something I would recommend would be to see if your Y offers classes such as a full body workout. These classes will teach you the proper form to use both in and out of class when you work out by yourself. I know the Y close to me offers Les Mills classes and if yours does, I really like the BodyPump class.
    Also remember not to overdo it. All too often a new person thinks that he has to work out as much and as hard as possible and he ends up sore, over trained, and disappointed in his results. Keep consistent and follow the advice of the professionals at your gym. Good luck to you.
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    Dec 23, 2007 2:49 PM GMT

    I can understand your reservations. It can be intimidating when you first start working out in front of others, especially when you feel as though you're completely out of your league. In all honesty, however, most others are too preoccupied with working out themselves that they couldn't care less about what you do.

    In fact, I find myself quietly cheering on others. I see someone who is clearly overweight or out of shape, but is making a sincere effort to push themselves and go past their comfort zone. That is attention-getting in a good way.

    Most people are centered around their own world when in the gym, and if they're focused on you for some reason or another it's either:

    A. They're trying to learn from you.
    B. They think you're a total hottie.

    or

    C. They have nothing better to do at the moment.

    Keep trudging forth and focus! You'll do just fine. No problem! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 23, 2007 7:06 PM GMT
    Thank you all for your advice!
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    Dec 23, 2007 7:24 PM GMT
    I love chukystuds no-nonsense attitude. I wish he was my trainer at the gym.
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    Dec 23, 2007 8:50 PM GMT
    people that give other people a hard time at the gym are insecure egotistical assholes that forgot where they came from. just think, by being the kinda and friendly guy you are, you're already a step ahead of them.

    that and bullies tend to have tiny penis syndrome. maybe that's why they're afraid to use the locker room and shower. again, you're a step ahead of them.
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    Dec 23, 2007 9:38 PM GMT
    I am a fitness instructor at a local club. I usually tell people who tell me about being intimidated about going to the gym is that this is for 'you' and not the other members who are there. Yes, there are people who scope out the gym as they are working out. When it comes right down to it, they are there to achieve a goal or maintain what they have. This is no different from what NNJ stated.

    In addition to seeking out a trainer, I would suggest that you think about your goals. What are you looking to achieve in your workout process? Read about some basic exercises. There is a lot of information on this site, but there are other sources out there. There maybe someone on this site who works out at your gym. You can develop a relationship with him.

    Develop a plan and focus on that. This should allow you to get over you initial trepidations over going to the gym. Try not to let comparing yourself with others deter you. There will be people in better and worse shape than you. Keep that in mind. Also, do not make you work out a 'to do'. Put it on your calendar at specific times and days during the week.

    Over time, you'll meet new people who will help you with your workout and other relationships will develop.

    Finally, this may seem strange, but have fun with this. I lift weights and cardio on top of my fitness class obligation. It's all really fun for me.


    Good Luck,

    Kevin