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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Teach me how to swim at the gym

What can I wear (other than a traditional bathing suit) while swimming at the gym? And how to start a very gentle swimming regimen while dealing with major back problems? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 22, 2011 - 26 answers

I hate working out -- how to fix this?

How do I stop HATING working out? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Mar 4, 2011 - 61 answers

DC personal trainer

Any recommendations for a personal trainer in DC? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 31, 2010 - 4 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

Help me get my wreck of a body into some kind of shape, please

I just started working out at my university's gym, but I have some difficulties and some questions... [more inside]
posted by patheral on Oct 13, 2010 - 31 answers

Workout maker, workout maker, make me a workout.

What do you think I should be doing at the gym/working out at home? (spesh snowflakes inside!) [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Oct 10, 2010 - 24 answers

Online home-gym community?

Is there an online community resource for bodyweight / minimal home-gym excercise and target-setting / tracking? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Look great! Feel awful!

How Do I Gym? So, I got a few free months at a local gym and I'm making myself go three times a week but I'm having a few issues relating to concentration and mood. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2010 - 26 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

The first session was free, but are the next ones worth it?

FitnessFilter: how should I evaluate options for a personal trainer at a local gym? Lots more discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Machine Workout Plan

Please provide me with a twice-weekly gym machine workout so I can fill out this form (pdf). [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Apr 21, 2009 - 7 answers

My heart muscle is worrying me!

ExerciseFilter: I've been doing the gym thing at least 3x per week for about 3 or 4 months now. Strength training and cardio mix. About 6 weeks ago, I started Trileptal as a mood stabilizer (I am not epilectic). I am on no other meds. It's the type of drug where you ramp up your dosage over a period of time. In the last two weeks, my low THR feels like my heart is pounding as if I'd just been in car accident. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Feb 26, 2009 - 8 answers

A clean pair of clothes...really?

Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Moving from Starting Strength to bodybuilding

I think I'm about ready to move on from Starting Strength and I'm looking for bodybuilding routine. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 12, 2008 - 17 answers

Trying to get in the groove

Suggestions for hip hop\rap songs for the gym? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 on Sep 10, 2008 - 29 answers

A headcase needs a gym

I am an overweight 21 year old woman. I want to join a gym but have a lot of reservations. This question is a lot longer than it probably ought to be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2008 - 52 answers

I want to pump ME up...

I'm going to start working out... But what should I do? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo on May 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Fighting Blubber—The Gym Reassurance Questions.

Fighting Blubber—The Gym Reassurance Questions. [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 on Apr 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Post workout sleeping disorder

After heading for the gym, I only manage to get a few hours of sleep. [more inside]
posted by Sharcho on Feb 18, 2008 - 18 answers

What's recommended to consume right after a work-out ?

What should i consume immediately after a work-out ? If i'm not a fan of powdered protein ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz on Jan 25, 2008 - 28 answers

I'm squishy

I've never set foot in a gym or done any kind of non-phys-ed exercise... so how do I take advantage of my school's free gym? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me work out, in.

How do you make a home-based workout work for you? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Nov 15, 2007 - 20 answers

Help my find a decent gym in the San Fernando Valley

Where can I go for a good workout in the San Fernando Valley? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Sep 15, 2007 - 1 answer

Criticize my workout

Criticize my gym regime! [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Jul 17, 2007 - 24 answers

How do you minimize the crap you bring to the gym?

Gym/Bag Lady filter: How do you minimize the crap you bring to the gym? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Jun 7, 2007 - 26 answers

Got the weights, NOW what?

On AskMe's advice I bought a set of adjustable dumbbells and a bench. Now I need the hive mind's help to design a workout plan. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Back to the gym with a bad back

Can anyone offer advice for going back to the gym after a back injury and six months of downtime? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Where can I work up a sweat in Chicago?

Next month I'll be ready to take on the gym again. What gym (in Chicago) might be best for me? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Jan 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Brave New Exercise

Today at the gym I saw a couple guys (football players, as it happens) doing an exercise I hadn't seen before. They started with a 50lb dumbbell in one hand, bent over towards that side (that quad ~ 45 degree angle to the floor), the dumbbell fairly close to the floor. They then pushed off with that quad, jumped/transferred weight to their other foot so their body was completely under their arm, & did a military-press-like motion with the weight. They did 3 sets of 10 with each arm. What is this exercise called? Also, what is that general style of exercise called (more active/full body than simply isolating a particular group), & what are some other examples of this style?
posted by devilsbrigade on Jul 22, 2006 - 8 answers

Are Precor EFX Machines really as effective as the calorie readout tells me?

Are Precor EFX Machines really as effective as the calorie readout tells me? [more inside]
posted by mule on Feb 17, 2006 - 6 answers

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