Help - going to the gym for the first time

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  1. Tol116

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    Help - I've managed to get an 8 day free pass at fitness first and intend to start using it next week to see whether I like it.

    The problem is that I've never stepped foot in a gym in my life before, so don't really know what machines are best to use.

    I know they also do a few exercise classes like zumba and body pump, but I have exercise dvd's at home.

    So the question is do I concentrate on using the machines to try and tone the wobbles I have or use the classes to burn the calories.

    I still need to shift the last 1 1/2 stone, so any advice is welcome.
     
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    At my Fitness First they have some suggested programmes for the exercise equipment. I do think it's worth trying some classes too though because you might enjoy how it feels to be part of a group rather than doing the DVDs on your own. I find that if I don't have a programme at the gym then I don't make best use of my time. Also you might ask if there is a personal trainer who would give you one session free.
     
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    Hi Tol, Good for you deciding to go to the gym - got to be all good.

    Most of the well run gyms run an induction course first before you are allowed on any machine as it could end up your being hurt and they wouldn't want to be sued.

    I'm sure you will soon get to know the different ones and what suits you best.

    Have fun...:)
     
  5. hannata

    hannata I can haz cake?

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    if you register with ff they give you 3 pt sessions for free, the pt will show you how to use stuff and you can ask them questions.
     
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    I don't suppose the pt will be covered with the 8 day free pass. However, if I like it I will probably sign up for longer. My friend has signed up for six weeks and it does allow her 3 pt sessions, maybe I'll follow her around!
     
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    I joined FF last year. And I was totally terrified at the idea of going to a gym lol I was actually sat in car park for a good hour dithering! And yes it's fully of skinny toned bronzed ppl but there's also looooooaaaads of normal ppl too haha

    I like to have a mixed cardio and weights session plus a couple of classes each week. Spin is eeeeevilly hard work but must burn about a million calories! Plus it's in the dark so noone sees you wobble haha there's some great 20 min tone and core classes if the machines don't work for you.

    And treat yourself to a good steam afterwards! It's a nice little bit of me time when you've been good!

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    Good for you!!! I personally cannot bear gym work outs so it's Zumba and bodypump that I swear by. Bodypump is nothing like you'll ever do on a work out DVD, you'll be aching for two days after but there's something satisfying about it!

    Zumba is amazing. I love it and again, nothing like anything I've ever done on a work out DVD so I'd suggest giving it a go :)

    Good luck whatever you choose to do :)
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    Body pump is amazing! you should deffo try it! x
     
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