Jump to content

Getting the best from gym m'ship


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 roses99

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm joining the gym this week on an unlimited 12 month membership. I badly want to get fit this year. I'm not overweight (actually, I'm underweight), but I want to tone up and build muscle. I've done a bit of running over the past two years (ran a 10km and 5km event), but it's been very sporadic and other than that, I've done virtually no regular exercise in years.

I've chosen a gym that's really close to my house. It has classes early in the morning, so I can go and then still be back in time to help DH get the kids up and ready for school. I've put off gym membership in the past because the kids were young and DH worked away a lot etc. But the time is right now.

Because I'm all super-enthusiastic right now, I'm considering classes every morning. But I assume this is too much?

Can anyone tell me what works for them? How many classes per week? And do you mix that with a machines routine? And/or swimming laps? Any personal experience would be greatly appreciated!



#2 Mozzie1

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I lost about 10kg a few years ago pretty much from gym classes alone. I know. You are supposed to mix them up with other things, but I enjoy them and hate doing weights by myself!

I tried to do at least 2 weight classes a week (body pump or basic training), then 2 or 3 spin classes or aerobics classes.

They are tough at first, but get easier then very enjoyable.

Good luck!

#3 roses99

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Thanks Mozzie1  original.gif

Did you have to build up to that number of classes a week?

I'm thinking classes will work for me too, because I find it hard to push myself if I'm just working out on my own (ie running - I will very easily talk myself out of going further/faster).

#4 Bex_star

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

Hi
Congrats on the gym membership and getting some time out for yourself. You won't regret it!
As a qualified Personal Trainer I can tell you that your program depends on your goals and current fitness level as well as interests.
Doing a class each morning shouldn't be too much as long as you have variety.Grab a copy of the gym class timetable, sit down with a cuppa and start highlighting what interests you.
For muscle gain head to classes such as "Body Pump", and incorporate some yoga or Pilates for toning.  RPM/Cycle is great for cardio and muscle building (all those hill climbs!).
For some more defined muscle building I would get a weights program for use in the weights area. Your gym may offer a free program to all members. Otherwise jump online and research some. Michelle Bridges has some fantastic program's and books for inspiration.
Good luck on your health and fitness journey. A healthy woman is a strong woman. You'll sleep better, look better and just feel better!

#5 snuffles

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

Honestly I find listening to my body to be the best route.  I currently do 4 to 6 classes a week, I find I have best results doing these over three days a week (any three) and allowing my body to rest or just do light exercise like walking between times.  I vary when I go and what I do around what my family needs, it also keeps my body guessing and it is really helping me build muscle.

For example this week I'm doing two classes Tuesday evening, one Thursday morning, and two Saturday morning.

I push myself to the absolute maximum in all of my classes though, I know people who do more classes but don't push as hard.  For me though, pushing to the max three days a week gives me the best results.

Do be careful that you are doing the exercises correctly, when you first start go easy and make sure your form is correct before adding a lot of weight or pushing yourself very hard, you don't want to end up with an injury.  Tell the instructor that you are new and they should guide you as to how to start.

It is so worth it original.gif, I've been going nearly 12 months and I am amazed at how far I've come in that time.  I keep having to remind myself to take my rest days because I am soooo addicted.



#6 Ferelsmegz

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

I use a 24 hour gym... so there is no pool no classes etc so they arent options.

But I go 6/7 days and workout for an hour each time - im currently doing the 12wbt so that is helping, but I started a couple of months before that and ive kept it up.

#7 HeartMyBoys

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Since you mainly want to tone and shape, you should do at least 3 days of strength training. As PP's have said, pump class is great for that. Also you could have 1 of the staff write you up a program to follow, which targets exactly what areas you want to work on.
I used to train a specific area on one day, then another the next. As in, one day i'd do legs and back, then the next arms and chest. It gives muscles a chance to rest and repair. Everyone is different though, and you'll find a program that works for you.

#8 Mozzie1

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

QUOTE (roses99 @ 07/01/2013, 11:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Mozzie1  original.gif

Did you have to build up to that number of classes a week?

I'm thinking classes will work for me too, because I find it hard to push myself if I'm just working out on my own (ie running - I will very easily talk myself out of going further/faster).


I had been doing 2-3 classes a week for a long time, which was maintaining my (over) weight, but not shifting it. So I guess I did build up to it, but not consciously IYKWIM.

#9 roses99

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Thanks everyone  original.gif

Lots of great advice there, which is much appreciated.

I've had a look at the program and, if I go at 5:45 each morning I can do:

Monday: Body Pump
Tuesday: Pilates
Wednesday: Cardio class
Thursday: Swimming (just laps on my own)
Friday: RPM

Hopefully that'll be enough variety. I like that every second day is a less intense class. And I'm excited about getting back in the pool too. The membership includes having a program done up for weights etc, so I'll keep my mind open about that. But I think the classes in the morning will be the best fit for me.

Yay - can't wait to get down there to sign up tomorrow!




#10 Canberra Chick

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

I'm actually a bit odd in that I don't really like classes and I use my gym mostly for weights.

I do weights three times a week and when it's really hot I go and do my cardio there three times a week (mix of bike and elliptical trainer as I cannot run on a treadmill!).

#11 spando

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

I have found that rather than doing say 6 classes a week I double up. So at the moment I go on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday but do the first class at 5.15 and second at 6.15 which is an express class that finishes at 7. My fitness has improved massively since doubling up like this and I still get some later mornings which I found really good as 5 days a week at 5.30 can get hard!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

Free first aid demonstrations daily

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.