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I hate the gym.

Now, mind you, I don't hate working out. I just prefer to get outside and go run or hike or bike or swim ... or even go to a yoga class. Just can't stomach paying $50 a month to go steam in the sweat of strangers. Yuck. Can't even get interested in the idea of setting up my bike trainer (yawn ... boring!) in my house or garage.
Anyone else feel like this?

I've actually done ok on the no-gym-membership plan EXCEPT WHEN IT RAINS. Out here in N.Cali. it's been raining a lot recently. Gives me a great excuse to skip my bike ride, say I'm going to yoga later and then get caught up with work, etc. (You know the drill.)
Any suggestions??

Tue. May 10, 1:46pm

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I know that feeling all to well

I discontinued my membership and am thinking about finding a less popular gym or class. I didn't like the pop music and people lounging all over the machines while checking women out. Now I am biking and walking around hilly neighborhoods. This seems to be going ok, but I miss having a mored toned body I only get when lifting weights.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:56 PM

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The 15 Minute Rule

Tell yourself that you'll get started and give it 15 minutes. If you still resist after that time, you're allowed to quit (but rarely will). Get your trainer set up - in less than 15 minutes your endorphins will kick in - happens so fast with cycling or running - that you'll be good to go.

Have you tried spinning? I don't like the gym much necessarily, but I'm a fanatic about spinning (and biking) and yoga.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:58 PM

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15-minute rule! yes!

Thanks for reminding me of that! I learned that from a coach last year (although he was an overachiever, so it's the 20-minute rule). And I have to say, EVERY time I did it, I ended up finishing the whole workout.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 2:26 PM

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member since 2002

i have a membership with gold's and i generally use it for spinning, yoga, and weight training. of course i'd rather be out on beautiful days, but i enjoy having an option when the weather or time does not permit be to head outdoors. another bonus is that they're open from am to pm so i can never make excuses about not doing some kind of physical activity! as for rush hour at the gym, i try to avoid that all together:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 5:44 PM

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Gym misery outweighs lazy misery

I go to a neighborhood small gym, with no tv's and limited cardio equipment. I go b/c I dont have a car and can walk there. Some days I am so miserable going there b/c I get bored out of my mind staring at a wall, so I keep my music upbeat and at least make myself do 30 mins of cardio and weights and make my time there worthwhile. When I really dont feel like going to the gym and told myself I would go I always remind myself that I always feel better having gone than if I sit on my butt at home. Now that is nicer out its hard to go into the gym to weight train, but I keep my goals in mind and that keeps me on track most days.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 12:04 PM

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How often do you go to yoga? Depending on that, you might be spending more than $50 you might to be a member of a gym that offers them.

I agree, though, not all gyms are created equal. Not even all branches of the same gym are equal. I like my Golds Gym because I CAN go work out with feeling like part of the meat market.

But I also need a gym. I dont have the discipline anymore to work out at home, but getting up and into my car in the mornings gets me on automatic

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 6:12 PM

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Music, Loungers and Workouts

My iPod is a MUST-MUST-MUST! I have had the batteries die on me once-it was the worse workout I ever had.

Regarding the loungers, leaning against machines-checking people out. I purposely chose the gym I did because of people like that. I could have gone to a place that had much earlier and later hours-but I didn't like that there were these buffed (huge!) guys lounging around. It helped also, that my gym has a women's only room. :•)

I HATE working out (which is the reason I have been away from it for so long). But as I keep telling myself (and my husband) that even though exercising hurts (well-not hurt exactly) body actually loses all of those aches and pains that I have when I DON'T workout.

I just joined this site-and I know it will be a wonderful addition to all of my "tools" to lose weight and get in shape!

Portland/Milwaukie Oregon

Thursday, May 12, 2005, 4:41 PM

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gym blues

Yeah, I am not a big fan of the gym or any exercise but I force myself to go. Even it is only 20 minutes, I feel better knowing I attempted to go, which is better than the alternative. Of course, my motivation comes from the people who are really in good shape and look good when I get in the gym - I see them and I say "I wanna look like that! I wanna look good in a bikini!" And I exert more energy in the routine that I am doing at that moment.

Saturday, May 14, 2005, 10:01 AM

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The 15 minute rule really does work. Just say to yourself, it's only 15 minutes and I can do ANYTHING for only 15 minutes. And take it easy for the first 10 minutes of your workout. Your energy will kick in. You'll almost definitely stay longer every time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 6:30 PM

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Personalized workouts

I posted this on another thread yesterday, but if you go to the link below, you can sign up for $25 a month and get three personalized training/workout videos that are in tune with your goals and body. I have not tired it yet, but it looks like a grear optin for stay at home parents, people working from home and those loathing the gym (especially the ones that recreate the Sat. night bar scence daily). Good luck


Thursday, May 26, 2005, 7:31 AM

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