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Should I Join a Gym?

I'm trying to exercise more, mostly for reasons like getting my appetite up and sleeping better -- I don't have any "fitness goals," this is more about making exercise part of my routine. In the past, I would just go running outside, but I've never kept up with it well and summer in DC is not the best time for running outside (swampy, "code red" days, etc). Should I try to commit to running outside and doing my usual "weight baring" exercises at home, or should I join a gym? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 28, 2014 - 12 answers

grunt grunt grunt

I need a bit of feedback on the (in)efficiency of my gym regimen. [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

treadmill incline shoe suggestions?

In search of (women’s) shoe recommendations for hiking up the treadmill, with a maxed out incline? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me pick a cardio activity and stick to it!

I want to get super fit, but I don't want to bulk up at all. What's a good, effective cardio activity that wouldn't give me thick, muscular legs (because I am trying to get smaller, toned legs). So, what cardio would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jan 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Shopping for a Gym. What do I look for?

After a year of half-assed solo weight lifting. I've decided to take the green's advice and tie my fitness to a specific activity. I'm thinking of joining a rock climbing/crossfit gym in my area. I've never been a member of a gym before (except during college), and I don't really know what to look out for and pay attention to while checking it out during the free trial. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Rx for depression-alleviating exercise routine?

How to best use 45 minutes in a gym with the sole purpose of using exercise to alleviate depression symptoms? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Jan 11, 2014 - 41 answers

Finding a gym partner in unique circumstances

I have a lot of trouble getting motivated to go to the gym and staying motivated once I'm there. I need a gym partner, but snowflake details are making it difficult. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Yet another workout app question

GymAppFilter: My trainer made me a sort of mix-and-match table of exercises so that I can work out on my own. Basically, I pick one exercise each from 2 or 3 columns, do them in a circuit 3 times. Then pick more exercises. There are about 5-6 exercises in each column. I have Cardio, Legs, Arms, Abs/Core, Chest, Shoulders. Cardio can go with anything. The Shoulder stuff also involves Legs and Chest also (lunges with presses, for example), so he recommended I not pair Legs with Shoulders and Chest. Everything else can go together. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 1, 2013 - 3 answers

How does a 20 yr old healthyish student get back in shape without dying?

The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Oct 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Help Me Put Exercise In My Exercise So I Can Workout While I Workout

Thanks to following the advice from some previous AskMeFi threads, I have finally gotten back into a regular workout routine. I am still working to find a set of exercises I can alternate between that make the best use of the time I have and that I do not dread doing. I've found that I really appreciate exercises that work multiple parts of the body simultaneously (I think it keeps me from focusing on how unpleasant the strain on any one body part is), especially ones that work my core without having to do situps. For example, squats combined with overhead press. Googling hasn't been that fruitful. What are some other exercises or combination of exercises that I can use to maximize my workout? I do not have a gym membership, but I have a good set of free weights and resistance bands at my disposal.
posted by C'est la D.C. on Oct 20, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I feel clean and ungrimy after a workout?

Is there anything I can do to feel less disgusting post-gym? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Sep 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Like Sookie Stackhouse circa season 2.

So I'm about to embark upon a year that will be chock-full of free time. I'll be working an 8 to 5, but other than that I'll be in a small town with few leisure options. I've decided that my chief self-improvement goal for said upcoming year is to get a body like this (NSFW-ish). Help me totally crush this. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Aug 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Hand me the kettle bell, I'm going in

After a month of at-home kickboxing and adjusting my diet to include more than tacos, I'm beginning to feel the love for physical activity and healthy living. Now I find myself looking for CrossFit gyms in Philadelphia that won't scare me away. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by picklesthezombie on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

hands free elliptical workout fitness fun time

What are the pros and cons of exercising hands-free on an elliptical machine? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 5, 2013 - 10 answers

A mysterious alien from a distant solar system wants to PUMP YOU UP

The only thing that gets me to the gym is watching science fiction movies on my iPhone. Can you recommend some more based on the criteria inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Resources for desiging a fitness room for our public safety building.

Can anyone recommend resources for designing a fitness room for a public safety building? Including: blueprints for room dimensions equipment recommendation anything else I can't think of? [more inside]
posted by maleru on Apr 12, 2013 - 4 answers

If nothing else it feels good...

There is a steam room at my gym and I am considering putting it to use. Please tell me as much as you can because I have no fregging clue what I am supposed to be using it for or what I am supposed to do while I steam. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Mar 14, 2013 - 27 answers

I want to take a walk up the street and find a place like the YMCA.

I've been thinking of joining a gym for the first time in my life, primarily because I live alone and work from home and it would be good for me to have a place to go to be around other people once a day. So, I am looking for a gym to join. I just checked out the one nearest me tonight but was discouraged by the fact that the facilities seemed dirty and smelly and crowded. Buffed Toronto Mefites, what gyms can you recommend for someone who lives in west end Toronto (between Lansdowne and Dundas West subway stations), and wants a convenient, clean, and inexpensive gym to join? I'd like to do weights and the occasional exercise class in whatever (pilates, yoga, or kickboxing are all fine). I'd love to be able to swim too, but realize that isn't compatible with inexpensive.
posted by orange swan on Mar 5, 2013 - 6 answers

First Time Gym User! HELP!

I have no idea how to begin using a gym! I don't have any personal trainers or anything to help me! Help! [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Are free weights better than unfree weights?

Why strength training, and what to do? I've been taking advantage of my free gym membership a lot more lately and I see people lifting weights a lot. I do the elliptical and the "Nautilus"-type machines, but I've gotten the impression that the barbell-style stuff is better for me. Is this true, and if so, how do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Nov 22, 2012 - 15 answers

Exericse/therapy spots near Shinjuku, Tokyo?

Living in Shinjuku, Japan. I have been rather stressed lately due to a variety of factors. Please help me find both exercise locations (cheap gyms, jogging routes) and inexpensive (but decent) counseling/therapy around the Shinjuku, Japan area. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

How do you manage anxiety and indecision when it comes to timeliness and scheduling?

How do you manage anxiety and indecision when it comes to timeliness and scheduling? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jul 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Spin Class to Go

So, I've been really loving spin class lately. However, the timings at my gym are such that I can only go 2 times a week. I'd like to spin 3-4x a week. Can you recommend any audio workouts (podcasts, etc) that simulate a spin class experience? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape?

Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jun 20, 2012 - 12 answers

What's the best route to weight loss at the gym?

So, I've joined a gym. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 21, 2012 - 23 answers

Squats and upper-body strength

Do squats really help with building your upper-body? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Feb 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me work out.

I'm a 24 year old guy who's very skinny and has never really worked out. However, by virtue of sitting behind a desk every day for the last couple years, I've developed some stomach flab. Besides that, though, still skinny as can be. I want to join a gym to accomplish a few things: - lose the stomach flab - get slightly bigger / more muscular elsewhere (tough since I'm so skinny…main area I'd like to improve are my arms) - get some stamina From what I know, the stamina part will come through cardio, but that'll burn a lot of calories and go against the whole 'getting bigger' idea. Would love for those with knowledge or experience to give me some ideas of what to do…machines to use, exercises to try, etc. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 - 26 answers

Injured while working out with a personal trainer - Opinions?

Under the instruction of a personal trainer I strained my rotator cuff. A couple family members said that one of the reasons of having a personal trainer is avoiding this kind of thing and that I should find a different one. I'd never worked out or used equipment in a gym. The personal trainer was aware of that. He had me doing dips on a piece of equipment that kept my legs up and in front of me. I was definitely straining, he was pushing me to keep going and then my muscles gave out and I dropped. It didn't hurt right away, it was several hours later that the pain came so we continued the regimen. This was my third session, second working upper body. Should I get a different personal trainer or is this just something that happens and can be brushed off?
posted by mrflibble on Dec 16, 2011 - 15 answers

WHAT IS A "GYM"?

Regular gym users: What's your routine? When do you go, what do you do, when do you eat, what should I eat before/after, how much more water do I need to drink? More specific questions inside... [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Good StrongLifts-type dumbell exercise programs?

This $20/month gym looks awesome... but it doesn't have barbells, so I can't do StrongLifts 5x5. Should I go back to my old gym, or do you guys have an alternative structured dumbbell/machine-based/bodyweight strength training program? Or a better gym suggestion in downtown Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Bored at the gym: how to keep my head in the game?

I want to go to the gym, but the gym is so boring. Reading books/listening to music/watching TV during compatible exercises (i.e. no books with free weights) doesn't seem to help. How can I keep myself stimulated so that I can get through more than 30 minutes of working out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 19, 2011 - 30 answers

weight a sec

Please concoct me a free-weights routine. Pretty much beginner. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 31, 2011 - 14 answers

What are some good Android apps for the gym?

What are some good Android apps for weightlifting/fitness? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Aug 1, 2011 - 2 answers

What did your personal trainer teach you about getting fit?

What did your personal trainer teach you about getting fit? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Apr 24, 2011 - 24 answers

What else can you do with an elliptical?

Alternative exercises on an elliptical? What else can I do with this thing, besides run on it, to spice things up? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 28, 2011 - 10 answers

SF gym for the anti-gymbot

Workouts for the anti-workout set. San Francisco specific ideas especially. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Curse you, elliptical!

Why can't I do the elliptical? I thought it was supposed to mimic running but lower impact, and I have no problem running. [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Nov 13, 2010 - 17 answers

"Vomitin' when runnin' means yer winnin'!!"

Better late than never? I just finished my bi-annual Personal Fitness Assessment for the military and really need a "game plan" for getting a better passing score next spring. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Save My Shoulders!

Can you help me stop getting broken blood vessels on my shoulders at the gym? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Optimize my cardio, Hivemind Trainers

I've been fairly successful with my diet/exercise plan since mid March, but I know I could be doing better. Tips? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 2, 2010 - 11 answers

So, where do I throw my money away?

Intrested in acquiring New York gym membership in the near future - but where? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Dec 26, 2009 - 11 answers

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions?

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Cross/elliptical trainer buying advice

Help me find a Cross/Elliptical trainer for a budget of £250-£300 [more inside]
posted by thelost on Dec 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Barcelona Gyms

Where can I work out during a week in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 6, 2009 - 4 answers

I could deadlift that weight if I could just bend over that far....

Adding Pilates or other stretching to a weight training routine - how? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Is there a gym at JFK?

Is there a gym at JFK Airport? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jul 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Dumbbells vs Barbells

Is there any reason that barbells would be indispensable from a serious stength-training program? Or are dumbbells just fine? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Shorter and More Often or Longer and Less Often?

Personal training: three times a week for 30 minutes, or two times a week for an hour? [more inside]
posted by scrump on Jun 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Help us design a fair exercise competition!

Help us design a fair exercise competition! [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Apr 27, 2009 - 8 answers

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