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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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).
posted by Mechitar
on Apr 25, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What qualifications should I look for in a personal trainer? What do the ACE certifications
actually mean? I'd like to hire a trainer for a few sessions, but I really don't want to hurt myself or hire a nut. Please help me sort through the options! [more inside]
posted by barnone
on Feb 12, 2006 -