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Newb at the Gym

I want to preface my question by saying that I did search the forum for this question, before I decided to make a thread about it, and found nothing.

I'm looking for advice. I'm a 22 year old female who has gradually gained weight the past three years, and is now looking to lose 50 pounds, get healthy, and stay that way.

I have never been on a diet or been a part of a gym before. My parents weren't the kind that signed us up for sports, although I did play outside a lot as a kid. Gym class is the only regimented fitness in my life up until now.

I've been eating healthy for a month and now I've joined the gym. I've been going for about a week now. I've been trying different pieces of cardio equipment but I'm not sure what's right. Everyone around me seems very involved in what they're doing. I wonder if with cardio its just a matter of preference (if so than I must say I am a little afraid of treadmills since I fell off one, hard, playing as a child - silly, but true.) or if its skill, or what. I don't even want to get into how I feel when I walk into the weights area - talk about overwhelming.

Can anyone suggest a simple gym routine for beginners? Bearing my desire to lose weight in mind. I am willing to go to the gym 5 - 6 times a week. I just feel so lost there.

Wed. Apr 9, 8:15pm

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Never fear - you have come to the right place !

Unless some thread Nazi comes along ;)

Just start off easy - 70% cardio - 30% weights

I recommend for cardio start out walking at a good clip on the treadmill - don't worry, just be aware of where you are the first few times - everyone stumbles on a treadmill once or twice no worries - then 2nd half on the elliptical - make the resistance a little tough - you should be pressing those pedals down a bit and pushing with those arms !

Then hit those weight machines for a full body circuit - legs arms chest back stomach - the gym staff can at least just show you how they work and just try them out, they arreally not hard - you WILL get the hang of them ! You should be putting in some efort to push those machines!

-that is a good start. then in a few months you'll be a veteran !

Listen - don't worry - I am an athlete guy in great shape and when someone comes along into the gym who is out of shape but comes in consistently and is sweating when they are done - I have a lot of respect for that - I had to look goofy on the Nordic Track the other day for a while while I figured it out and I am sure I looked like an idiot - but who cares - the next day some nice old guy came up to me and said man you are really good at that thing ;)

1. Be consistent - make it a DAILY habit (except one day)
2. If you smell nice afterwards then don't bother - SWEAT!
3. Don't forget - losing weight is more about diet than exercise (if you are active) - concentrate on dropping a few hundred calories and eat healthy - if you still don't lose drop a few more hundred. Done.

Rock on Newbie!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 8:36 PM

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I know exactly how you feel. When I first joined my gym I was sooo lost. But when I signed up they talked me into getting 5 personal training sessons, but they were like mini training sessons 20-30 minutes each and the trainner showed me a lot of different equipment for different parts and that has helped out a lot in the beginning, but now I know what I like and what works for me (which isn't what he showed me).

As for cardio I think it's a preference. I do everything, but what still kills me is the stairmaster, and because it's so hard I still do it. My advice on the stationary bike is to get the sit up ones not the recumbent. If you have the resistance and push yourself you can get a good workout there without too much strain on your joints. Also I wear a heartrate monitor to see how many calories I've burned and the bike is always way off ( much lower). Treadmills seems to be pretty close, and elipticals are too high but not a huge amount over.

Hope this helped!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:03 PM

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Cardio, cardio, cardio....

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 4:49 PM

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If you want to avoid the treadmill an elliptical is powered by your movements so there isn't a belt to throw you off.

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 5:24 PM

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great advice for the OP everyone. I am benefiting from it, too.

I have been with Curves for a couple of months now and I like it because I hop on the circuit and go and don't have to think about what I'm doing. Now they're closing and I signed up at SNAP fitness and am nervous about it because I don't know what I should be doing for my goals and body type. you've all helped me out as well!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 9:18 AM

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