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July 27, 2010 2:23 PM Subscribe
How do skinny, shy people get jacked? (and on finding a gym in DC)
posted by tmcw to health & fitness (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So, hello all, I'm a relatively 'ectomorph' type of person, a decent distance runner. I've got a decent 'force of will' so if there's some kind of regimen that needs to be done or medium challenge (like working out before work), I can handle that.
However, I have a few problems with the whole 'let's go out and do it!' type thing:
First off, as I said, I'm a skinny dude. Possibly it's possible to become more of a strong guy, but I've never made huge strides in this area before - in a season I've been able to ramp up running way better than I've ever ramped up strength-fitness.
Second, I can make a convincing imitation of a normal person, but I am at core a pretty shy software developer. Combined with the fact that an 11 year old could (and in this city, may at some point) beat me up, this means that I'm not ready to waltz in and be that gym guy.
Third, gym memberships seem to be quite expensive in my still-college-mode mind. I can afford them, but I can't help but feeling that it's just not an economically intelligent move. But, on the other hand, are pushups and/or barbells really enough to fuel a workout regimen? Is it better for a rather individual... individual to work out in shame in his own room or in shame in a gym?
And how/when do people exercise? I work one of those crazy jobs that usually is from 9-6:30 or later, and could possibly swing an earlier exit, but... it seems like working out in the morning is a more sustainable practice, because I can head in quite late without consequence.
(reference: why I'm doing this is because I'd like to mix up my lifetime of running-only workout regimen, and I'd like to be stronger, for mental and general reasons. I have very little weight to lose, and am not dependent on getting 'totally jacked', just fitter.)
Bonus question: where are the best gyms near 14th & U NW in DC?