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Old 01-24-09, 03:33 PM
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Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Don't really want to get a gym membership but want to start working out.

* Do you work out at home or at a gym?
* What gym setup do you have? Pictures? Machines? Free weights?
* What are some good routines for losing weight without any aid? I.e. no bands, balls, machines, etc. just your body.
* Same as above but with free weights
* With bands?
* With workout videos? What are some good ones?

I don't have a lot of room. I may not even have enough room to be able to follow videos, and I won't do it in the living room because there's people there all the time

What is the cheapest and easiest to store full body workout that will accommodate all fitness levels?
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Gym for me.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Get outside and run. Easiest and cheapest way and accommodates all fitness levels.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Hard on the knees. I'm not against walking but I like to avoid running, especially with extra weight slamming down on the knees at every step.

There's a community pool that should be open in a couple of months. If only I could stop thinking about all the kids (and adults) peeing and defecating in it.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

this should end nicely......
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

ride a bike
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

I go to the gym.

A 20-30 minute brisk walk each night is beneficial.

You could try a local YWCA for swimming. They have adult swims at certain times days of the week. (Less pee and fecal matter, perhaps.)

You could try a Wii Fit. It's got a lot of exercises and will track your weight loss.
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You could try a local YWCA for swimming. They have adult swims at certain times days of the week. (Less pee and fecal matter, perhaps.)
wtf! oh that's just disgusting!! Especially because I was thinking of joining to swim.
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wtf! oh that's just disgusting!! Especially because I was thinking of joining to swim.

See Post #4

(It was one of the OP's original concerns.)
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

work out?

good one
I need to start getting in shape
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

The local Y is $43 a month for an individual, which seems steep for me. $20-$25 is a reasonable price IMHO. 10 minutes away so location is not too bad.

I have a good bike frame (Mongoose, before they turned Huffy). Just needs air in the tires and a helmet. Might fix it up in another month when the cold ends.

And you think I'm kidding, but some people treat the pool here like an extra bathroom.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

go to the gym. lift weights and play racquetball. couldn't do either at home. plus it gets me out of the house and away from the wife for a bit.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Do both. The gym is great for a pool and all the equipment that you would be foolish to purchase on your own. Plus the monthly fee is actually an incentive to use the facilities. For some people.

There are plenty of things you can do at home as well though. Sit-ups and push ups are the obvious ones, and there are plenty of good exercises you can do with some cheap free weights from Target.

I think your first goal needs to be getting some good gentle aerobic exercise in on a regular basis. Nothing too gimmicky, which is easier to give up on. Get in the habit of going for a long walk outside, or a long swim session. And if the weather turns, have a backup plan that you'll do indoors (like a video).

Workout videos are excellent but they can get boring after too long and you need something solid to fall back on. If there is a good park somewhere, take a long walk on a regular basis, and turn it into a nice jog later on. But make this a habit before trying to just work out and burn burn burn those calories, because you will be less likely to crash and fall back to your previous habits when the weighs or the treadmill or the videos are not around.

Finally, KEEP A LOG of your exercise and make a schedule. After a couple weeks your body is going to want to take a day of here and there, and a day turns into a week and before you know it you're done exercising on a regular basis. Keep a log, make a calendar, and draw it up for at least 3 months down the road.

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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

There's a park about 3 minutes away with a walking/running/biking path. Will start psyching myself up mentally while the cold ends (I don't wear jackets/sweaters because I get static electricity shocks pretty bad... sister used to laugh at me until she touched me once and got a good shock... never laughed again... have tried all fabrics, anti-static spray/detergent, etc.). So that means in the wintertime (~Nov-Feb) it's indoors-activities only.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

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(I don't wear jackets/sweaters because I get static electricity shocks pretty bad... sister used to laugh at me until she touched me once and got a good shock... never laughed again... have tried all fabrics, anti-static spray/detergent, etc.)


Can one person be more susceptible to this than others?
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Living in Vegas is horrible in that aspect... if you want to go to a buffet, the movies, bowling, a show, etc, you have to go through the casino. And the casinos are full of bright shiny metal machines. That shock like hell. But even the chairs at work (mesh) shock me, and the cubicle separators, etc.

The key receptor in the car... and the levers for the gas and trunk, and the doors.

If I'm going in someplace I try to find someone going in at the same time so I don't have to open the door myself. And I always do a quick arm check lightly tapping the handle with my arm to see if there will be a shock. Most of the time my hair's so laden with static electricity brushing it makes it look more wild and unruly

But I've been going sweater/jacketless for over a decade now, and have over time become accustomed to not notice colder temperatures than other people. I believe we hit 30's and I haven't worn a jacket this season.

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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

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The local Y is $43 a month for an individual, which seems steep for me. $20-$25 is a reasonable price IMHO. 10 minutes away so location is not too bad.
That is somewhat expensive--depends on what you're getting. My local Y had a single pay per day charge at one time. (It was long, so probably things have changed by now.)

If you do go for a gym membership, negotiate the price like you would at a car dealership. Go to several gyms in the area and see who can get you the best price on what you want.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Gym. Mine is about 15 min from my house and on the way home from work, so that's where I go every night. Although I do also get in some sit ups and push ups while at home.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

i exercise at home, running on the treadmill. i also do a brisk walk from the train station to work, which is a little over a mile, and this gets my heart going a little, especially when there's an explosion.
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I do not understand what is this term "work out" you are referring to. Unless you mean the energy I expend going from my couch to the fridge and back.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

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Living in Vegas is horrible in that aspect... if you want to go to a buffet, the movies, bowling, a show, etc, you have to go through the casino. And the casinos are full of bright shiny metal machines. That shock like hell.
I hate to get things off track, but this is pretty funny.

The good news is, you shouldn't have to walk through a casino to go to the gym. So if you can do fewer buffets, movies and bowling and more exercise, you can lose weight AND have fewer static-electricity run-ins.

I'm also curious about how on person could be more prone to this than others. There was a lot of static when I lived in Colorado on account of the low humidity, I believe... but everyone experienced it.

Maybe it has something to do with your shoes or the carpet in your home, I don't know. But I know I've never been shocked by a shiny metal casino machine that I didn't put a quarter in.
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if you want to go to a buffet
Stop going to buffets. You'll need to exercise less.
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I just imagine her going to a store and asking what's new in their anti shock line this season.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

Do you work out at home or at a gym?
Both

What gym setup do you have? Pictures? Machines? Free weights?
At home, I have some free weights, from 15-45 lb prs, and a adjustable bench, which can be used to do sit-ups.

What are some good routines for losing weight without any aid? I.e. no bands, balls, machines, etc. just your body.
push ups, pull ups (get the Iron Gym "as seen on tv," it's only about $30, and works well), sit ups, squats, neck isolation, etc.

Same as above but with free weights
bench/chest press, shoulder press, bicep curls, dips, squats, dead lifts, shrugs, etc.

With bands?
I don't use bands.

With workout videos? What are some good ones?
I'd check out youtube or something similar and do searches. If you're talking about aerobic videos or yoga, I don't really have any. if you have satellite, you might have FitTv, which has some pretty good programs.

What is the cheapest and easiest to store full body workout that will accommodate all fitness levels?
do you mean like a machine? that Iron Gym is pretty small. I'm not sure how big Bowflex's are, but it's worth checking out.

I recommend checking out http://bodybuilding.com There's plenty of workouts on there of all kinds, weights, no weights, aerobic, high intensity, etc.
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Re: Do you work out at the gym or at home?

I really don't do either though I did just pick up Wii Fit. It helps somewhat since I feel obligated since it is in the living room and I hate wasting money.

I was looking at getting a treadmill but finding a good one seems really pricey. I just got an offer to resign up with Lifestyle Family Fitness for 29.99 so I may try them again. I quit last time since I stopped going and they kept raising the rates. The other thing that happened was they closed the Gold's Gym in the area so Lifestyle is the only gym in the area so it is packed. I can't find a gym that is any more convenient but when it takes 20 minutes to find a parking spot so you can stand and wait for a machine it definitely gets old.

My other issue is I never wear tshirts so I have no work out clothes so it would just be another expense. I think I would feel subconscious if I went to the gym to work out in a polo since I would be coming straight from work. The other issue is my gym is the pretty gym composed mainly of trophy wives and very nice looking college co-eds.

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