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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

Returning to the gym after staph?

I'm recovering from a staph infection. When will it be safe for me to return to the gym/pool? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Any downside to a combination cardio and strength workout?

Any downside to a combination cardio and strength workout? I have started doing combination cardio-strength workouts at my gym. A typical workout goes like this: 10-15 minutes on the treadmill, then I immediately do strength exercises, with no downtime between sets. For example, I’ll do a set of pull-ups, then straight to a set of chest fly on a machine, then a set of dips, then a set of ab crunches, then a set of shoulder presses on a machine, then back to the pull-ups, and the cycle repeats (though I often mix up the order depending on the availability of machines, and my mood). [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Apr 25, 2013 - 7 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

Getting emotional in the gym. WTF is going on?

Why am I getting emotional during workouts? Has this ever happened to you. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Mar 27, 2013 - 30 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

Working out for advanced beginners

I've been working out for about two months with a personal trainer. She started off having me do full body workouts that I quite enjoyed - they were sort of boot camp style, in that it was a combination of strength and cardio (ie. lots of burpees and mountain climbers and planks, mixed in with compound strength bearing exercises.) Much to my surprise i have gotten much fitter than I've ever been before, pretty quickly. Now my trainer is transitioning me to workouts that alternate upper body and lower body each day, with more of a focus on strength vs cardio. Is this better? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Mar 9, 2013 - 6 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

Looking for a shower bag/caddy for the gym

I recently started going to the gym in the mornings before work. Looking for a convenient shower bag/caddy to help. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 19, 2013 - 10 answers

What's the new Fjallraven Kanken?

East London filter: who makes backpacks practical enough for the gym but cool enough for a Hackney bar? Fjallraven is the obvious answer but literally everyone I know has one and it's getting out of hand. [more inside]
posted by citands on Feb 9, 2013 - 13 answers

I just want to look good naked

I am new to both New York City AND gym membership. Can you recommend a gym? I'm particularly looking for one that doesn't require a year-long contract. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

How to escelate this too cool pool problem?

My gym is lying about the temperature of the pool. The manager is consistently unavailable. I'm tired of being lied to / being given the run around. How can I escalate this? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Feb 6, 2013 - 17 answers

I need to come up with ideas for daycare visits to our gym.

I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Gyms are scary

Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 28, 2013 - 31 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

Just tell me what to dooooo!!!

Printable workout schedules? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 answers

showering after gym?

Mr. Lasamana and I have a teenage son who likes to work out. The problem? Son 16 yrs doesn’t like to shower afterwards - eewww. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Dec 11, 2012 - 36 answers

30 minutes or more

I'm looking for a Manhattan gym that either has no treadmill time limits, or so many treadmills that it doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 6, 2012 - 12 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

Squat injury

What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Went overboard on a personal training commitment, help me be firm in renegotiating!

Help me be firm in renegotiating my personal training contract at the gym! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Oct 26, 2012 - 13 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

How can I become more healthy and fit?

I've never eaten too healthy in my life. I feel like it's taking a toll on my body and my mood at a relatively young age. More details inside. (long and some things about my past) [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 on Oct 22, 2012 - 28 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

Help me get the body I want in 8 weeks

MeFi fitness gurus, point me to the best 8 week fitness plan [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Your stereotypical gay gym crush.

Can I approach my crush? How? What to say if I do? (slightly long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 11 answers

When you run this long we call it a dreadmill

Where is the best gym on the Las Vegas strip to run 18 miles on the treadmill? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Sep 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi?

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Sep 9, 2012 - 4 answers

I need tips on bodybuilding while going to college full time and working part time.

I need tips on bodybuilding(specifically bulking up) while going to college full time and working part time. I live on my own and have no cooking experience. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Sep 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How to get awesome

What does it take to get movie star super-buff? Like Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrel, Jessica Biel level buff? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Aug 15, 2012 - 34 answers

Other motivations in weightlifting besides beating your own records?

How can I regain my motivation for weightlifting, when it feels like I am going in circles? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

It is possible to be a skinny lardass?

I have literally (yes, literally) never stepped foot in a paid gym in my life. I'm a 27-year-old male, who (despite being almost rail-thin) is only "in shape" enough to bike-sprint the 1.7 miles to work, then back in the evening. It's time to change that, so I signed up for the small, limited (cheap!) gym on campus. Other than "get the professional help of a personal trainer", what should I do there? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Aug 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Just basically tell me how much to exercise, k?

How much exercise is enough or ideal or normal... or? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Aug 6, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I maximize the benefit I get from my time spent at the gym?

How do I maximize the benefit I get from my time spent at the gym? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 24, 2012 - 16 answers

What headphones should I buy to run with?

What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jul 16, 2012 - 10 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

Suggested packet-based protein supplement

Need a suggestion on a protein supplement that tastes good, has the right ingredients, and doesn't cost more than a new car. Complication: I need it to be in packets. [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 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

Help me get the bullies out of my head so I can go to the gym in peace

You were bullied as a child, especially in gym class. You protected yourself from the mocking by being invisible and dropping those classes as soon as possible. You were embarrassed and afraid if people noticed the way you run or move. You didn't learn to dance because of this shame. As an adult, you have gotten over this fear/shame and have become physically fit and strong. How? [more inside]
posted by sadmadglad on Jun 9, 2012 - 37 answers

Personal Training 101

Tell me what I need to know about getting a personal trainer: common practices, pitfalls, pricing, etc. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Small compartmentalized gym bag?

I would like a very small gym bag, ideally no larger than a backpack, but it must have two separate compartments (where you put the gym clothes after the work out). Cross contamination = ew. Any tips?
posted by xmutex on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Debt Notice from Old Gym.

Debt Notice from Old Gym. Details inside..... [more inside]
posted by jassi on May 3, 2012 - 10 answers

help me strengthen my core and track my workouts.

So I'm getting old and finally joined a gym. Now I need suggestions for some workouts and maybe an android ap for tracking said workouts. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Apr 18, 2012 - 7 answers

I don't want to pre-clean for the cleaning lady, either

I am a chubby (5'6", sz 14-16), out-of-shape lady living in thin-and-super-fit New York City. I want to lose weight and get back in shape, and I would like to do that by going to exercise classes — zumba, yoga, spinning, pilates, boxing, whatever — but I don't want to go to a class that's going to make me feel like crap about my weight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 40 answers

Gym in West London?

Please recommend a good gym in London. Preferably West London near-ish Heathrow airport but will travel for up to 20 minutes on the train. [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Apr 8, 2012 - 2 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

To spot-tone or not to spot-tone

Can you ever really change your body shape with specific exercises? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Feb 23, 2012 - 24 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

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