Joined the gym...best exercises???

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  1. karenhornby

    karenhornby Full Member

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    Well I took the first step last night and signed up for the gym.

    I really need to get my a**e in gear and decided this was the best way. I used to enjoy the gym so it can't do any harm, but my question is what are the best fat burning exercises to do?
     
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    Well done!
    I asked one of the gym staff to set me a routine. I told her what areas i wanted to target and she wrote a plan.
    It really helped me
     
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    At any decent gym you should get an induction and they will help you put together a programme based on what you are wanting to achieve. But you will need to do a combination of cardiovascular exercise to burn the calories eg treadmill, bikes, cross trainer, and weight training for toning.
     
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    Obviously it depends on a lot of factors, such as how often you will be going to the gym and for how long each gym session will be. Ill list my workouts below:
    Monday - training - 20 mins cross trainer (low-moderate intensity), 20 mins strength training shoulders and triceps, 20 mins treadmill (low-moderate intensity)
    Tuesday - cardio only - 10 mins cross trainer, 10 mins stepper, 5 mins rower, 5 mins bike, 10 mins treadmill (high intensity)
    Wednesday - training - 20 mins cross trainer (low-moderate intensity), 20 mins strength training lower body, 20 mins treadmill (low-moderate intensity)
    Thursday - cardio only - 10 mins cross trainer, 10 mins stepper, 5 mins rower, 5 mins bike, 10 mins treadmill (high intensity)
    Friday - training - 20 mins cross trainer (low-moderate intensity), 20 mins strength training biceps, chest and back, 20 mins treadmill (low-moderate intensity)

    Rest Sat and Sun.

    If you would like further info on exercises etc just let me know - I do around 3 exercises per body part.
    :D
     
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    I've been putting together my own programmes for years now, I've had loads of trainers put some together for me and I just pick and choose the best bits. I usually start with some cardio (whatever machine I fancy) then some weights (Arms one day, legs the next and then core on the third day) then some more cardio before a cool down. Change your programme every 4 - 6 weeks so that you don't get bored and your body doesn't get used to it and keep your body guessing, mix it up!
    Joining a gym was the best thing I ever did and I just couldn't be without one now!
     
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    Thanks. To start with I'll be going 3 times a week for about 45 mins each time.

    I've been in today for a look round so I know where everything is. There is about 2 weeks wait for an induction at the times I can get there so I'll just see how u go for now. I know how to use the machines I just need to find the right program for me
     
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    Ive just started a program, well i'm 4 weeks in.....

    I'm not the fitest of people and he told me to do 2 days cardio and 1 day cardio and weights. I also do Zumba 1 day a week.

    Today i have done 20 mins on the treadmil walking for 1 minute running for 1 minute ( gonna start on 2 minutes running 1 minute walking next week). I then do the X-trainer for 20 minutes and then 1000 meters on the rower.

    When i do my weights i do several different ones that are to tone the areas i want to change so specific to me.

    You'll do it, the hardest part for me is getting there!! :)
     
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    Cardio is king. Sustained for as long as possible at a high intensity.
    (I completely agree with HIIT, but argue its just not possible in the gym, and is best used as a tool to increase stamina needed for prolonged cardio, as well as building short muscle which can benefit long muscle)
    Followed by free weights.
     
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