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Advice for the Gym?

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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So I completed paperwork to join a local gym. It was a perk for signing a new lease with our apartment complex. I was trying to figure out how I could swing gym membership fees with everything beforehand, so this is actually a stroke of luck.

The thing is, with my work schedule, I may not be able to go more than three days a week max. And probably and 1-2 hours tops.

I haven't weighed myself in about a month or so, but I know that I've recently gained weight, so I'm probably around 190 lbs. I'm 5'2".

My question for all you gym bunnies out there, is how can I use what little time I have for the maximum effect to get fit and trim? I don't want to use free weights until I build up some stamina and endurance, but I'm not afraid of the weight machines. Everything needs toned up: stomach, arms, thighs and butt.

Maybe some diet tips to for a picky eater who's not fond of vegetables?

Thanks!

Edit: My goal weight is 140 lbs., but I wouldn't mind weighing less than that.

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Not_A_Native
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM
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Get over not liking vegetables, and find some you like.  Cut back on carbs, only use whole grains, and lots of lean protein.

Cardio is essential.  At least 1/2 hour at a time.   Best to do free weights after doing cardio.

And try to fit in a few more days.  Maybe very early in the morning?

Aoibheann
by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I basically have a swing shift at work. I rotate opening and closing every other week at my job. The early evening hours I can handle and work out more then. But the weeks that  I close, I have my son and he's homeschooled, so it's not like I can drop him off at school and then go workout. I probably could since he's homeschooled by his SM, but I'd feel guilty for cutting into our time together since I only have him every other week.

The gym has Kid Care, so I may try to swing an extra $10 a month for that fee. But since the gym membership is a perk and I'm not paying for it, that may be a stretch. My finances are tight as it is.

Thanks for the advice!

Quoting Not_A_Native:

Get over not liking vegetables, and find some you like.  Cut back on carbs, only use whole grains, and lots of lean protein.

Cardio is essential.  At least 1/2 hour at a time.   Best to do free weights after doing cardio.

And try to fit in a few more days.  Maybe very early in the morning?


Aoibheann
by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

BUMP!

incogNinja
by Whofflé on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Last person to know ...lol.. But here's a bump. Good job 👍
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM
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Zumba!
Aoibheann
by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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Thanks! I know I haven't started yet, still waiting for the members card, etc., but I could use the motivation. The last time I tried working out, it lasted two months. And that was when I could actually afford to go. Lol.

Quoting incogNinja: Last person to know ...lol.. But here's a bump. Good job 👍


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Your biggest issue is what you put IN your body. A session at the gym may burn 500 calories, but that will be a moot point if you eat a 700 calorie sundae.

If you're only going to go for 2 hours a week or so I'd just focus on cardio.

Aoibheann
by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I tried Zumba here at home and I could barely stand on my feet. I don't have rhythm for anything, and I never accomplished anything.

Quoting Anonymous: Zumba!


momto1ryen
by Gold Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Find our your bmr and that will help you figure out how much you meed to be eating for weight loss. 3 days a weeks is better than no days a week ofcourse but what about working out at home other days when your time is limited? Something like T25 would be a good option. I only workout from home since my dh is at work most often and I have 3 young kiddos. I'm extrmemly fit so it completely do able as a back up option. Biggest thing is not to push yourself to hard to fast.
mich2.0
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

You only need an hour in the gym. Anything more than that is quantity, not quality. Train hard, vary your workouts, and don't skip the weights in the beginning.

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