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Old 01-10-2019, 05:31 PM   #41
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Wow thanks for all the advice. I will get a trainer. Since many of you are at least as frugal as I am, if you think its worth the money, it probably is. I discussed this with my brother and he laughed at my concern about building visible muscles. He said I was too old for that. I'd have smacked him, but we were on the phone. Also since he's my OLDER brother he doesn't have many opportunities to tease me about my age! Will be at the gym tomorrow morning right after I drop DS off at high school. Will Let y'all know how it goes. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:15 PM   #42
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A trainer can be very helpful for a beginner, but there are no real secrets to working out. A few basic exercises done correctly with the proper weight and the right amount of rest will work for every single person unless they have physical limitations.


True, but I’ve been working out for 50 years and I still get helpful tips from trainers that improve my workouts.
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True, but I’ve been working out for 50 years and I still get helpful tips from trainers that improve my workouts.
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Might be worth meeting with one of the trainers at the gym to get an orientation and recommendation for a workout plan.
Definitely. This!

It's too hard to screw up with the machines. You need someone to walk you through them and to help you establish an appropriate starting weight for each machine.
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The two times I used trainers (two different trainers, fifteen years apart), each asked me about what I wanted to accomplish before we got started with a program (I wanted strength, flexibility, and balance). That really made me think about what I was doing there.
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As an introvert, especially one who isn't supremely body-confident, a trainer can be a hurdle. I know, rationally, I am the client and this is a business relationship, but for someone who is shy it can be a challenge, especially since it's a new environment, in which one naturally feels a little more vulnerable to start.

OP doesn't sound like you are so much so that's great. The things I would look for are making sure they are listening to you, and that they are focusing on form and movement vs. "oh you should use more weight for that".
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I go to a fairly nice gym because it's a free perk at my place of employment. The last year or so, I've been thinking about whether I really want to *pay* for a gym membership after retirement. I decided the answer was, "no," so I started to look for gym classes that don't use a lot of expensive equipment. Rather, I've been focusing on classes that rely mostly on your own body weight for exercise.

The best classes for 'body weight' exercise are: Pilates (mat style), Yoga (many different styles), and "Core" workout classes. If you go to those classes for a year, you can usually remember your own routine and you can quit the gym membership. You might want to buy yourself a good jump rope too. Ever since I started jumping rope, I've had tons of energy for other things (jogging, dancing, etc.)
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I go to a fairly nice gym because it's a free perk at my place of employment. The last year or so, I've been thinking about whether I really want to *pay* for a gym membership after retirement. I decided the answer was, "no," so I started to look for gym classes that don't use a lot of expensive equipment. Rather, I've been focusing on classes that rely mostly on your own body weight for exercise.

The best classes for 'body weight' exercise are: Pilates (mat style), Yoga (many different styles), and "Core" workout classes. If you go to those classes for a year, you can usually remember your own routine and you can quit the gym membership. You might want to buy yourself a good jump rope too. Ever since I started jumping rope, I've had tons of energy for other things (jogging, dancing, etc.)
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+1 on the trainer. I've been going to the same gym for a number of years. Initially a trainer set me up with a routine geared to my goals, and as anything, the routine became that and boring. Progress slowed, forward a number of months and I got a second trainer, only for a few sessions, new routine, fresh start, more progress. Wash rinse repeat. I'm not a gym rat, I get in two to three sessions a week, more regular now that I'm retired. Goal is to stay active.

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I did it- The scariest part was walking in there. I have a gym phobia, I have no idea why- maybe its the modesty thing. I feel like most workout clothes are one step above underwear, and while I probably don't look terrible, I'm very self conscious about it. Also a TOTALLY foreign environment. The two guys working at the gym- a former marine and another guy, were astounded that I'd never used any of the machines before. After I did some cardio- they decided (LOL- somebody needed to) that I would do legs today, so we did. It was kind of fun. Yoga Monday night, back at the gym on Tuesday. More cardio and we're doing arms. I think. I learned lots of interesting things- I did get tired of asking dumb questions. Anybody know what my target heart rate should be when doing cardio?
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I did it- The scariest part was walking in there. I have a gym phobia, I have no idea why- maybe its the modesty thing. I feel like most workout clothes are one step above underwear, and while I probably don't look terrible, I'm very self conscious about it. Also a TOTALLY foreign environment. The two guys working at the gym- a former marine and another guy, were astounded that I'd never used any of the machines before. After I did some cardio- they decided (LOL- somebody needed to) that I would do legs today, so we did. It was kind of fun. Yoga Monday night, back at the gym on Tuesday. More cardio and we're doing arms. I think. I learned lots of interesting things- I did get tired of asking dumb questions. Anybody know what my target heart rate should be when doing cardio?
That depends on your age. And just starting out you probably don’t want to push it too hard. Maybe 55% of max for your age and not to go above 85%. You definitely don’t want to get out of breath.
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It is recommended that you exercise within 55 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for at least 20 to 30 minutes to get the best results from aerobic exercise. The MHR (roughly calculated as 220 minus your age) is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.
https://www.active.com/fitness/calculators/heartrate

These targets can be refined as you gain fitness.
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I used to be self-conscious when I started working out, but comfort quickly won out.

It is astounding how little anyone looks at anyone else in a gym, and I've used quite a few. Everyone is trying to get through their routine and get out.

I'm 62, and I wear running shorts and a supportive sports bra to the gym. Nobody even looks at me, unless I happen to be on a machine they want to use. One time, I used a hotel gym where the rule was you had to cover your midriff. Most places, nobody cares. Oh, yeah, there are sanitary wipes to clean off the machine when you are done. And I put my towel on every machine seat before using.

I know there are some "meat market" gyms, but I think you'd sense that the moment you walked in.

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I did it- The scariest part was walking in there. I have a gym phobia, I have no idea why- maybe its the modesty thing. I feel like most workout clothes are one step above underwear, and while I probably don't look terrible, I'm very self conscious about it. Also a TOTALLY foreign environment. The two guys working at the gym- a former marine and another guy, were astounded that I'd never used any of the machines before. After I did some cardio- they decided (LOL- somebody needed to) that I would do legs today, so we did. It was kind of fun. Yoga Monday night, back at the gym on Tuesday. More cardio and we're doing arms. I think. I learned lots of interesting things- I did get tired of asking dumb questions. Anybody know what my target heart rate should be when doing cardio?


I’ve read that 220 minus age is maximum heart rate. Then multiply maximum heart times anywhere from .75 to .85 to get target heart rate. For me, .75 is 117 heart rate. 85 is 133 heart rate. Big difference. I have a tough time maintaining around 130 for a period of time.

Congrats on getting to the gym. Don’t be self conscious about your looks/ clothing in the gym. People are there to work out and generally aren’t concerned about how others look.

But as an aside - I used to work out at a gym 20-30 years ago. There was an attractive 20 something girl newbie who came in, warmed up, and then changed workout outfits mid workout. That caught the attention of some patrons. Then she ripped off about 20 pull-ups, and went through an extreme workout. Nobody paid attention to her after that.
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I go to a fairly nice gym because it's a free perk at my place of employment. The last year or so, I've been thinking about whether I really want to *pay* for a gym membership after retirement. I decided the answer was, "no," so I started to look for gym classes that don't use a lot of expensive equipment. Rather, I've been focusing on classes that rely mostly on your own body weight for exercise.

The best classes for 'body weight' exercise are: Pilates (mat style), Yoga (many different styles), and "Core" workout classes. If you go to those classes for a year, you can usually remember your own routine and you can quit the gym membership. You might want to buy yourself a good jump rope too. Ever since I started jumping rope, I've had tons of energy for other things (jogging, dancing, etc.)
We searched once I retired for a reasonable place to work out. Have had memberships for 30 years. Found Crunch at $99 per year each so putting a pencil to it our cost per visit is a like a quarter. Love it.
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An added benefit of going to a gym regularly is that you may find some new people to socialize with. This seems especially true if you go in the morning when there tends to be many retired and SAHM/SAHD types who aren't always rushing to get to work or get home. Sometimes I spend as much time jawing as I do on weights or cardio. (I'm still working, but fortunately have flexible hours.)
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Quit the gym and get p90x. You can get it cheap from ebay or craigslist. It does cardio, yoga and weight training. I have been working out off and on for over 30 years and p90x has me in the best shape. Not much equipment needed and you can do it from home.
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I think this guy is fairly smart - https://startingstrength.com - he advocates three main lifting exercises: squat, deadlift and bench press. %X% sets with increasing weight. Women should be lifting heavy weights, too, especially to help with bone loss prevention. I would get a trainer to teach you the exercises and then 3x weekly do the workout.

I would also augment with some HIIT - I do a spin class for 30 min 3x weekly.
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