Spring Tune Up for those of us who work out like crazy...

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    Mar 28, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    I work as a fitness trainer and instructor. I eat, breathe, sweat and speak fitness. I work out a LOT and I even work out at a couple different clubs because the club I work at I can't stand to work out at (because I just want to be left alone to work out!).

    The hard part is when you've got your workout plan, and you have your routine down to mechanics...sometimes because you're busy and need to be done by a certain time, or you want to get more cardio in, or whatever...either way, I've been stuck on the same routine for longer than I care to admit. It's not that I don't see or feel results anymore, but I just feel like it'd help to see someone else's workout plans (that are sort of similar to mine but different enough where I could feel like...yea...I could try something different). Right now I do my leg workouts on one day, then the next I do upper body (shoulders/chest/arms) cardio, then legs (cardio) then upper body again (this time back/biceps/chest) and cardio) and then repeat the cycle. So every day I'm doing something a little different. I've looked at bodybuilding.com and with the iPhone there's just a ton of apps that are fitness-oriented but the exercises are really not that amazing, and I've yet to find something that really makes me go - wow - this could really work.

    To make more sense (and keep this short)...I run marathons - so much of my focus is staying lean but toned. I want to really define my abs but I know enough at this point that doing ab crunches will not give me that definition (cardio will) and I want what every gay man wants (a nice ass, nice shoulders, chest, etc)....I guess what I need to do is shift away from the easy convenience of the machines and explore more of the free weights, the bodyweight exercises, etc., and while they do take longer to set up and everything, if I get a new burn from those exercises it would be worth it. The machines are hard to break away from because they're just so easy to use. The settings are already there. All you have to do is just sit down and plug in your weight setting.

    So in closing, what are your plans? What are you changing with your workouts?
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    Mar 29, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Since you prefer working out alone, you could channel the money from the 2nd membership into a high quality home gym. As a trainer, you probably already know that a set of dumbbells and a bench is really all you need. More equipment is fun to have, but not really essential to anything other than breaking up the monotony of dumbbell workouts.
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    Mar 29, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    wait....you're a trainer and you only use machines?

    is that just for this particular workout? or have you never used free weights?

    I can't even picture a complete workout using only machines...

  • Mar 29, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    With all of my clients only half of the workout is with weights and typically it's just for that little extra weight to push them over their boundaries.

    Since I am in training for the circus I've had to wrap my brain around different concepts for helping others out with their fitness. I'll definitely say I've worked out some people to puddles on the ground with mostly calisthenics and 10lb weights.

    Personally I think there's not too much use for machine if you can lift your own body around unless you are going for that certain muscle build or trying to hit a certain muscle group.

    If you were closer I'd show you some things that would shred you to pieces.
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:25 PM GMT
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