Just joined a gym for the first time in a while, looking to get healthy
May 29, 2014 8:24 AM Subscribe
I used to have a high activity job that kept me in pretty good shape without needing a gym. Over the past few years I stopped doing that job on a regular basis and instead became much more sedentary while not eating less (factually: probably more). I've gained wait within that time, and have decided that I want to become more healthy by adding exercise back into my life. However, since I've never needed a gym before I have no idea what to do with my gym membership. Specifics inside.
posted by codacorolla to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
> My main goal is to strengthen my upper body and core. I don't particularly care about aesthetically impressive musculature.
>My secondary goal is to burn fat and trim myself. I realize that building muscle and burning fat are sometimes at cross purposes.
>My overall goal is to find a plan which is healthy and achievable.
>I have almost no idea what I'm doing in terms of lifting or using machines. I'm slightly worried about doing it wrong and hurting my body, thereby discouraging further work.
>I always feel a little out of place at a gym. I'm hoping that the plan I pick will make me feel more competent and like I belong there.
>There's a lot of conflicting information, combined with my lack of knowledge, which has lead me to a sort of choice paralysis. I feel like if I simply pick something with a definitive path then I'll be more likely to follow through.
My time / equipment resources:
>It's summer, and I'm an academic. That means that I can go to the gym about 3 or 4 times per week.
>It's a small gym, but it seems fairly fully featured.
>I'd prefer not to do anything faddish. I'm looking for a straightforward plan using common equipment.
>Videos would be nice. I have no real experience with lifting, and one of the things that's holding me back is a lack of knowledge.