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Gym annual fee after cancellation

I cancelled my gym membership effective today, and I have signed proof. However, they claimed that I will owe them an annual fee tomorrow October 1. Can I dispute this with a chargeback? I told them I was not paying it, and they said it had already been arranged. My contract says the annual fee is charged October 1.
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Sep 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Have you heard of Smurfball?

The post about Smear the Queer made me think about a dodgeball-like game I played growing up called Smurfball. I don't know any other school that played it, and I can't find any information online, so I thought I'd see if a description of it sends anyone else down memory lane. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Aug 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Please help me find one of these balls!

I'm flummoxed and turning to you for help. This ball has been a fixture at my gym for longer than anyone can remember, and I want one for my very own. It has absolutely no give in it, which makes it perfect for rolling out cramped muscles. I've searched through thousands of images of massage therapy balls with no luck. "Liberating" the one at the gym isn't an option; everyone would know I was the one who took it.
posted by DrGail on Aug 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Post Gym Rage Syndrome

What's up Mefites! Please can you share with me your post gym routine hacks - basically, how can I make the process of showering and getting ready for work after my morning workout less time-consuming? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Wanted: The Diogenes (Fitness) Club

Please help me select a new fitness activity that will push me to greatness without pushing me over the edge. Difficulty level: awkward solitude-loving INTJ. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on May 26, 2015 - 19 answers

I want to start getting muscles...

... to impress a girl I like. Basically I am the thin type. Long but thin. And since I don't really workout I have thin arms and a flat chest. That was fine for me for a long time, but now I would like to get some muscles. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 1, 2015 - 15 answers

I require more old and/or unusual dance music for the gym

I have an excellent gym mix. Unfortunately, I've listened to it approximately one million times since the fall and it is slowly, inexorably ceasing to motivate me. Because I have unique, special, snowflakey music preferences and am out of touch, I need assistance in finding more music. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Dumbbell exercises, lunges and your opinion about bodyweight squats

So I'm going to the gym - awesome. Cardio, weights, stretches, I am so there. I'd like to add things to my routine, but I'm a little bit overwhelmed by all the advice on the internet. I'm also uncertain about the importance of form for squats, given that I seem to see people whose form is all over the place. Questions inside! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

how I learned to stop worrying and love the gym

Have bitten the bullet and joined a new gym. Just going there to sign up and take a tour of the facilities was enough to make me feel inadequate. I didn't see a single person there who looked like me. I need help with silencing the negative self-talk, because I really do want to stick with it. Any advice for a frightened, fat gym noob? Success stories, words of inspiration? Or just what you wish you knew when you started out? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 27, 2015 - 51 answers

Why are the fronts of my calves tight and what do you recommend?

I've been going to the gym for the past few months! It's the best! But the front outsides of my calves and the tops of my feet are being weird and it's getting in the way. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 20, 2015 - 20 answers

What are your favorite stretches? And what was this mystery stretch?

I want to incorporate stretching as a serious part of my gym routine - not so much as a warm up but for greater flexibility. So I'm looking for interesting and useful stretches or exercises that incorporate stretching plus any resources that you'd recommend. Also, what were these mystery stretches I saw being done at the gym? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Is a utility room home gym a bad idea?

Is it a really bad idea to put a power rack with barbell and weights in our utility room? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jan 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Places to hit things in montreal

I'm looking for a gym in montreal where I can hit things. I did karate for many years, did circuit kickboxing after that. I've been inactive for months and find I mostly miss hitting things. What are good places to do that? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Are you a chemist? Do you work out? Will the sauna ruin my lotion?

Gym-going chemists and civilians: do you take your products into the sauna and/or steam room with you? Is it safe to expose your lotions to the heat and the steam? [more inside]
posted by rada on Nov 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Need more songs like these:

Looking for more songs like these: * Godsmack - I stand alone * Drowning Pool - Bodies * Rage Against the Machine - Bullets on Parade * Powerman 5000 - When Worlds Collide * 1000 Homo DJs - Supernaut * Ministry - Stigmata Trying to build a nice pregame gym mix and these songs get me going.
posted by bleucube on Nov 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Scheduling workouts into a busy(-ish) day

I hate excercising, so I'll take any excuse not to. But I have to be honest with myself. I'm beyond the age where I can just eat what I want, not work out, and avoid getting over weight. Far beyond. I'm much more out of shape than I should be. My pants don't fit right anymore, and it's getting worse. My last excuse for not working out is that it's hard to fit into my schedule. Please help destroy that excuse by telling me your routine. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Oct 12, 2014 - 44 answers

Soak it in

Now that there's a teeny bit of fall briskness in the air, I'm renewing my search for a gym in downtown DC with a hot tub. Google tells me this doesn't exist, but I'm hoping you all can prove Google wrong. Alternately, I'd love to find a non-skeezy other kind of place to use a hot tub now and again. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 15, 2014 - 8 answers

My thighs used to be thunderous

I am a woman who, for whatever reason, builds strength and bulky muscle very quickly. My thighs right now are the smallest they have ever been, and part of that reason is that I had taken a year off from the gym. I am starting back up at the gym and I want to be fit again but I also want to do everything I can to keep from building so much muscle bulk again. Can I have fitness and strength without getting back the huge muscles? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Sep 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Places outside the US that have a "gym culture" similar to the US

Almost anywhere in the US, I can find a gym (24 hour fitness, YMCA) within a short drive. Is there anyplace else in the world where this is true? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 26, 2014 - 22 answers

Should I still do leg workouts during cycling season?

I'm looking for advice on combining cycle commuting with gym-based workouts. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Jul 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Best way to get audio from youtube videos into a Sony Walkman?

I just received a Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 for my birthday. I am psyched about filling it up with music and using it at the gym. I'd love to transfer some music from my own CD's, but most of them are in storage. I don't have money to pay for new music. What I do have is a bunch of youtube videos saved whose audio I'd love to use for workouts. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jun 17, 2014 - 7 answers

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

An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat

So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Yee-es We Can

I have a tough time finding the exercise routine I'll stick with consistently. I'm hoping for some recommendations of things to try based on some likes/dislikes – particularly keeping in mind my love for Rodney Yee's "Yoga Burn" video... [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on May 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Home strength routine to complement my constantly-varying class?

As I described previously, my daily fitness class changed its structure. I decided I'd like to create a strength routine I can do at home on my off days to complement the classes, but I've never made my own self-directed routine before. Details inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on May 13, 2014 - 6 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

My not-quite-crossfit class is changing its structure. Help me adjust

So right now, my rock gym has a private fitness class six days a week, modeled on crossfit but not officially affiliated. MWFS it's a fairly standard CF class with slightly different movements. T-Th, it's a more mobility-focused class based around MoveNat. In a month, the T-Th classes will be eliminated, and extra mobility will be added to the now 90 minute MWFS classes. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Apr 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Nutrition questions for a fitness newbie

So I started working out for real this year as part of my New Year's Resolution. I'm currently doing a version of crossfit, mixed with occasional rock climbing, and I'm seeing good results (Stats below). The problem is that most dieting and training advice I can find for guys is geared towards those who are starting out skinny. I started out overweight and out of shape. I'm currently at what would be a good weight if my BF was lower. What are some good diet resources for someone in my situation? (I like my training regimen and I'm not looking for a new one) [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Better than nothing, right?

Is there a particularly good handbook/regimen for using weight machines at a gym? Something preferably geared toward strengthening the back, improving posture, eliminating back pain (as opposed to e.g. weight loss.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Smart electronic music to sweat to

Need music to keep me going at the gym. The caveat is that it isn't mindless pop music, but something with some complexity. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jan 22, 2014 - 23 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

What to wear at SoulCycle?

I'm taking some cycling classes at SoulCycle. What should I wear & what should I bring with me? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 21, 2014 - 7 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

Gym swimming logistics?

I just joined a local gym with a lap pool and I'd like to start swimming regularly again. What's the usual logistics routine for people that swim at a gym? Obviously I'll be bringing a change of clothes and a towel, but how should I deal with the wet towel and wet swim trunks afterwards? Any general tips from experienced gym swimmers?
posted by kmz on Jan 8, 2014 - 28 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

Bench Press and Injury?

What exercise should I substitute for Bench Press if I'm concerned about injury? So many people have nagging shoulder problems that started when they were bench pressing. I'm an older guy and I really need to stay injury free, even if that means I end up making slower progress. Should I bench press using dumbbells instead? That would make linear progression harder, as the weight increments aren't as small. I've tried using incline bench press with the barbell as a substitute, but that seems to interfere with my progress on overhead press. At the moment, I'm using a plate-loaded bench press machine, and that has worked well, but I wonder if I'd be better off using a free weight exercise? Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem on Nov 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Conundrum about working out preferences

What can I do at the gym that would mimic Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred? I like the idea of an intense, well-rounded program (abs, strength and cardio) that I can do every day, but I don't see myself bringing in my ipad to the gym and taking over a classroom. I tried this at home like you're supposed to but there aren't any suitable spaces in my apartment. I had a phase where I went to the gym and did the elliptical for awhile but I liked how this program was more well-rounded yet compact. Also I don't want to shell out for a trainer. Please advise..
posted by bleep on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

What exercises can someone with cervical disc herniation (c3-c6) do?

After a nightmare MRI experience sometime in 2011 I found out that I have a cervical disc herniation on c3, c4, c5, c6. The pain was so severe that I was unable to move my neck to right side without feeling like I was going to pass out. Now that I've gotten my first coritsone shot and feel alive, I would love to work at gym on strentheting my cervical discs so I can beat this problem and avoid having to marry cortisone shots for the rest of my life. What are some excercise machines and workouts I can safely use to strengthen my neck without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 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

Well, here's a question I'd never thought I'd ask...

I just had a bit of a "due to winter dryness" nosebleed. (In my boss's office during a meeting so at least tissues were there and she's a mom of two boys, so this did not phase her.) It went on for a bit (maybe took like 10 min to clear up completely) but seems ok now. My question is: I normally go to the gym Tues and Thurs for at least 30 min. I don't want to end up passed out on the gym floor with blood running out of my face if I can help it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 24, 2013 - 19 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

Where should I go to stretch after swimming?

I'm having a terrible time figuring out where to do my 10-15 minute full-body stretch after swimming. I feel like an alien visitor to Planet Gym, and I have been trying determine where it is culturally acceptable to do this activity, but remain unsure. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Oct 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Why do non-swimmers hang out by the pool at my gym?

I can't believe I'm wasting my question on this, but I've been wondering about it for months. So at my gym, there is a "wet area" with a lap pool, a sauna, a steam room and a jacuzzi. What puzzles me is that there are people (usually men) who sit for long periods of time on the bench in the wet area. Some of them are still in their gym clothes, which makes me think they're not, like, taking intervals between sauna and steam or whatever. They definitely do not swim. They just sit there on the bench. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Sep 25, 2013 - 19 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

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