First Time Gym User! HELP!
January 14, 2013 5:39 PM Subscribe
I have no idea how to begin using a gym! I don't have any personal trainers or anything to help me! Help!
posted by Peregrin5 to health & fitness (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
As did millions this new year, I purchased a membership to a gym.
This is a Rock Gym with a pretty good work-out area and a swimming pool. I go there often mostly to rock climb with friends. I love rock-climbing, but I don't usually have a partner.
Now I've been thinking about going to a gym because I've been getting out of shape and worn out easily.
My goals are to get more energy, to try to regain some of my high school muscle, and to just be more active. A longer term goal is to get fit enough to become a serious climber.
Now unfortunately, this gym doesn't have any intro to using the gym classes or anything. I asked.
Also, I can only go 3 times a week for about half an hour each day. I go about 5:30am (right when it opens) and then workout for about half an hour (which usually includes me running and wandering around aimlessly wondering what to do) and then shower, and run straight to work (I'm a teacher).
Now there are a few things that are bothering me.
I don't have any kind of good work-out routine. I pretty much am lost, and look it when I come to the gym.
I prefer to stay away from the machines. I think I want to learn how to use the free weights. But I don't know where to start.
I don't know what I should start with, where to go next, where to end with. What types of exercises should I do? What types of areas do I work each day? I go Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Any good routines for beginners (men) who only have 30 minutes each session?
I have a workout journal that says I should do cardio, strength, and flexibility. What types of exercises should I be looking for each of these categories? How do I determine how much of each exercise I should do?
I'm just lost and I don't know where to start!