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Old 28th November 2018, 21:18
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Default Do you go to the Gym?

I am after some advice about possibly joining a gym.

1) Do you have a gym buddy
2) How did you cope with the induction
3) Has it helped your anxiety
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Old 25th December 2018, 17:30
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

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I am after some advice about possibly joining a gym.
I bought a relatively expensive gym membership and it was like 2 months before I worked up the courage to go but I finally did lol!

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1) Do you have a gym buddy
Nope. Asked a couple of people but no-one wanted to so I just went on my own as usual.

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2) How did you cope with the induction
Clonazepam helps. Just went head-first into the induction, not too bad, shown around the machines and given a suggested workout.

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3) Has it helped your anxiety
Nope, not really. I'm less anxious about going to the gym, I guess... although I can luckily go around midday when it's much less busy. But so far, hasn't increased my confidence socially. I didn't really expect it to, either, so it's not much surprise.
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Old 25th December 2018, 20:06
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

Newbs, have you considered working out from home? I do all mine from home, and you've seen what I look like without my top on
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Old 25th December 2018, 21:48
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

^ haha showing off are you?
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Old 26th December 2018, 06:06
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

^ Seriously though, if you find joining a gym too hard, try working out from home for a while, see how that goes for you. You'd be surprised.
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Old 26th December 2018, 06:32
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

^ Thank you, what kind of workout do you follow at home?
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Old 4th January 2019, 21:21
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I don't go to the gym, but cycle for a club and race competitively. I find my anxieties go away somewhat when I'm with like-minded people.

I couldn't imagine not doing regular exercise. It certainly makes me feel good what with all the endorphines being released.
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Old 5th January 2019, 08:09
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I'm 30 this year so w/e

I don't go to a gym because they seem to be the preserve of the middle class. Nuffield Health gyms cost nearly 1k a year.
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Old 5th January 2019, 11:40
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

Sports Direct have gyms where membership is 10 a month,
If you want to join and take part in classes the price goes up a bit,
But they are pretty good gyms, (I'm told)

I'd agree with Jam, exercising at home is a sound alternative.
You'd be as well doing that to begin with anyway depending on what level of fitness you're at, as most work precludes a basic level of core strength to begin with, and that's best achieved by simple exercises like press-ups and sit-ups which you can do anywhere,

In think change has some really positive points above ^^^^^^^^^
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Old 7th January 2019, 18:38
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I'd like to work out more at home including weights. But I am sure I will have the wrong posture and so myself an injury so I really need a personal trainer to get me started. But I don't want/want to pay for an ongoing personal trainer. So I'm just slobbing on as it becomes one of a million things I intend to do once I've moved out/got more money etc etc.
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Old 8th January 2019, 13:54
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

there's some good books out there for weightlifting etc.,. plus loads of youtube vids no doubt,
I think a mirror is good for posture and symmetry etc. a
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Old 8th January 2019, 20:46
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Maybe the mirror is the answer. I have done youtube vids. I just want someone to check I'm doing it right.
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Old 5th March 2019, 10:03
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

Did you end of joining the gym? I'm currently in the process of joining but I keep holding myself back
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Old 10th April 2019, 11:12
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I remember I used to work out at home simply doping pushups and sit ups every night without fail from 15 til I was 20 and got quite lean from it. Then I bought some weights and then in 6th form I found a friend and we'd sometimes go to the gym together but I always felt like he was only pretending to be my friend and I knew he would talk about me behind my back. He was such a dick!

But it did give me the confidence to join new gyms. The gym I go to now is perfect. No egos and people seem to be friendly. Once in a while I might get talking to someone in the changing room or between workouts.

I'm lucky enough that I work flexitime so I mainly go around 2.30/3pm when its quiet, sometimes with barely anyone there. You'd be surprised how many early risers there are in the gym. Its annoying though when I have to wait to use equipment. or when some ****er has but their sweater or water bottle near a bench but they're not even using it. Sometimes I don't feel I can say anything but I will if I have to and just simply ask if they're still using the equipment.

If you're finding it hard to go to the gym ask yourself why this is? is it because you feel self conscious? the people? having to face difficult situations? Remember the staff are there to help you. They're paid to help you! Your membership actually pays their wages so in effect we own them haha!
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Old 10th April 2019, 11:17
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

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Did you end of joining the gym? I'm currently in the process of joining but I keep holding myself back
Hey my friend just take baby steps. I found it hard to try a salsa class and infact other interests I wanted to pursue but through baby steps I manageed to push myself. It took me 3 weeks before I could actually walk into a Salsa class and after that I was really proud of myself. It felt like an achievment and a major victory against my social anxiety.

Whats stopping you from going? Make a list of all the reasons then make another list of positives why its a good idea to go to the gym. Also make a list challenging the reasons why you feel you can't go.
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Old 10th April 2019, 13:04
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

1. I used to. I seem to have got out of the habit as I haven't been in over a month, but it's going to be very difficult to get back into it and I've put on loads of weight.
2. I didn't have an abduction, I managed to avoid it.
3. No not really. The only pleasure I got from going to the gym was knowing I wouldn't have to go back the following day.
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Old 17th July 2019, 09:47
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I go solo.

I signed up online so no induction or contact wtih staff. We get in using a pin.

It made me more confident in some areas.

Being strong does have its advantages.

I dread to think what I'd be like if I never stepped in a gym 10 years ago.

I'd probably be fat and full of self loathing by now.

But thankfully, I'm not in too bad shape for an old man. So its one less thing to worry about...
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Old 15th August 2019, 23:22
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I’ve never been to a gym..
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Old 25th August 2019, 14:22
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I don't go to the gym either but I keep myself reasonably fit.
I have a exercise bike which I maintain a regular schedule on.
Looking to add a rowing machine to mix things up.
Although redecoration of spare room will need to happen before that can happen.
Regular exercise has allowed me to lose 5 Stone and 6 Ins from my waist over a two year period.
Embarrassment and some Social Anxiety prevented me from going to a gym.
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Old 25th August 2019, 15:18
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

^ Wow, that's brilliant Gosties - 5 stone is a lot to lose I imagine you must feel so much better energy wise

I've never been to the gym. I did suggest going with my teenage son who goes regularly but he wasn't at all keen on the idea. Not sure that he could cope with the embarrassment of being seen with his chubby mother dressed in spandex.

I have a treadmill in the garage and one of those cycling/rowing thingies but haven't been near them for nearly a year hence my weight gain

Maybe tomorrow, when I feel less tired, I'll start using it again although to be honest I prefer just going for a walk.
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Old 25th August 2019, 22:20
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Physically feel much better and knee pain problems I was having before weight loss completely gone.
The biggest issue is maintaining the routine. It was a combination of diet and exercise.
Not getting too upset with peaks and troughs with occasional bouts of weight gain during the two year period.
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Old 25th August 2019, 23:25
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

Nope. Can't say it's ever appealed and it always seems like a bit of a con. I think I'd be too self conscious and awkward as well.

Also I don't want to share strangers' bum sweat.

I can't go swimming because all I think about is swallowing people's snot.
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Old 26th August 2019, 00:37
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^Well that's that then, I'm never going swimming again.
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Old 26th August 2019, 10:57
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I can't go swimming because all I think about is swallowing people's snot.
Not to mention those that pee in the pool...
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Old 26th August 2019, 14:55
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

Joined The Gym.

You do it online and they give you a PIN for the door and there's no induction unless you want one.

Go alone, download an app like StrongLifts 5x5.

Watch the videos, do the work out, go home.
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Old 26th August 2019, 17:08
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I could never get comfortable going to the gym, I have always trained mainly at home and I've also done some running and swimming.
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Old 26th August 2019, 17:31
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Default Re: Do you go to the Gym?

I don't seem to have the discipline needed to work out at home. I go the the gym three times a week.

My gym is a warehouse so you don't have to talk to anyone. You do get a lot of eye-contact practice though.

I used to like swimming, but have just gone off it a bit for some reason.
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Old 28th August 2019, 23:51
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Joined The Gym.

You do it online and they give you a PIN for the door and there's no induction unless you want one.

Go alone, download an app like StrongLifts 5x5.

Watch the videos, do the work out, go home.
Do you find 5x5 to be effective? It just seems like a waste of time to start off with silly light weights for several weeks just to end up stuck back at the same plateau where I originally was.
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Old 29th August 2019, 09:10
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I tried it ages ago after I'd been lifting for a few years, and like you, I started light as they advise. Then hit my previous plateau and sacked it off.

I've only just started it again, but this time I started with my PBs in all the weights included.

I chose SL 5x5 again as I'm looking for something short and quick with supposed good progression.

I am sceptical and certainly don't expect to add 2.5 kg each week. I think that only works for total beginners.

But as a basic workout, I can hopefully do in 45 mins a few times a week, I think it should be OK?
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