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Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 06, 2007 14:06

so ya.

what are you all into at the moment in terms of your exercise?

my favourite is cardio machines and some of the machines at my gym.

i may start going to the classes, but i feel a bit intimidated so far, in case i can't keep up and have to stop. when it is just me working out independently, it's fine, but yes, i don't know. eep.

formerly i have been really into the workout dvds and i am going to try a hip hop/street dance one i bought recently for the first time today. i am so looking forward to it!

i've been wanting to take a dance class in street dance FOREVER so i feel really excited to just try it out as a form of exercise, to know if i want to go further and actually go to a class.

ps. i didn't want to call this thread anything that had to do with weight loss. i don't exercise to lose weight and i think that might be better off in the food and drink bit or something. i don't know.

pps. am i the only one to get a crazy feeling of being all strong and in control when i work out? i love it. ESPECIALLY when i listen to some of my best hip hop and r n b songs. makes me feel totally invincible, until i step off the machine and my legs feel all spaghettilike!

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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 06, 2007 14:10

I go for a walk.

That's about it really!

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Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 06, 2007 14:16

haha!

i was really taken by what my now 90-year-old grandmother said to me about why she was still so well and mobile at her age. she said it was because she did some form of exercise always, throughout her life. she went to thai chi just until a couple of years ago.

nothing fancy, just a session or two a week does the trick.

and i figured that even though it may not show in my figure in terms of needing to lose weight (i just tend to stay at the same weight really) but feeling out of breath from running up the stairs isn't a good thing when you are just 21.

i always thought i hated it too, as i have been really body self-conscious all my life, but i am starting to really love it now. it makes me feel really, really capable. which i like.
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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 06, 2007 14:24

I don't think I could cope with a gym.

Can't you get all the same aerobomobic workoutability from a bouncy castle?

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Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 06, 2007 14:55

hah, probably!

you can really do a full workout without anything, just in your home. although a yoga mat makes floor exercises more comfortable.

i did everything cheaply at home but i like the gym better, the machines give me a more precise workout... it just becomes less vague for me.

and i am a sucker for crosstrainers. i LOVE them.
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Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 06, 2007 16:13

oh god, i just attemped the dance dvd.

bloody hell what a tiresome thing it is to dance! i really liked the moves and stuff they did though, so that was fun. but i feel all achey and trembly already, which is good, because at least it did something then!
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Post by nanski » Thu Oct 11, 2007 07:54

i really really hate the gym. part of it is being cheap and hating to pay to exercise, other than the cost of a bike or running shoes. but it's also the atmosphere in certain gyms. the people who spend loads on trendy gym clothes as well as loads on gym membership. the whole pick-up scene. muscle-bound men walking around the place, looking intimidating.

the only reason i go is to run on the treadmill when the weather won't allow me to do it outside. although i have to admit, some of the machines are fun. i just wish there was noone else there.

i love the looks i get from people when i've finished my 45 minutes on the treadmill. i don't look like i could run that long...
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Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 13, 2007 00:48

See, for some reason outdoor jogging and running just does not WORK for me. Those machiens motivate me to work it harder than just being outdoors. I wish it was different though!

I am going tomorrow, and actually looking forward to it! I am trying to not quit!

Hopefully I am too thrifty to let my gym membership be there unused though. In a way I am glad it is all paid for already, and I can just go there and use it. It works as motivation.

But I do not like 90% of the people there. I am still trying to get over that some people totally dress up and have tons of make-up on to WORK OUT!

So bizarre.
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Post by let it ride » Wed Oct 17, 2007 18:04

EWWWW i went to the gym today for the first time in a week and a bit. i lost my motivation a bit last week.

anyway.

so, i'm there, crosstrainin' away. the gym is pretty much full. once i'm done on the crosstrainer, i want to move on to have a go on the machines.

and there are people on most of them. people who are not using them. people who are just sitting there, sweating and looking far far away.

SOMEONE EVEN HAD A MAGAZINE.

oh mah gawsh it pisses me off so much. they have the whole uni to sit and do nothing in, why do they have to sit in the gym and not use the equipment, yet hog it for people who ACTUALLY go there to work out.

oh. IDIOTS. they are just everywhere.

at one point i was going crazy because i had been wanting this machine for about ten minutes (besides, the instructors tell you to do about 12 - 16 reps on each machine and no more as it is a bit pointless and you should be using the machine so that after about 15 you are sooo tired) and i wanted to say: "BITCH get out of that place, you're sittin' there sweating on my favourite machine and not doing anything! If you will be using it, that's fine, but if you're just sitting there, fuck off."

i said: "excuse me, i don't want to stress you out but i was just wondering if you are done soon?"

grrrrr.
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Post by stolenwine » Sun Oct 21, 2007 23:43

ok, so i'm going to start yoga tomorrow for the first time EVER in my life. i'm going to a class with one of my workmates and he's told me it's quite intense and he was achey for a while afterwards. i'm excited because i'm finally going to start exercising/getting toned and hopefully i'll keep it up and start feeling more confident about my figure.

where can i go for appropriate yoga gear? i'm gonna have to go shopping at lunch an pick something up.
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Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 22, 2007 19:00

oh my gosh! so exciting. how did it go?

i have never been to a class but i sort of want to. i'm afraid i won't be good enough though to keep up.

well, you are supposed to be barefoot so no shoes needed, just comfy trousers and a top that won't go flyin' everywhere as you stand in some quite awkward poses sometimes (i.e. you don't want it to fall down around your head, haha)

but i guess you'll have fixed it anyway by now. i LOVE nike's cottony trousers for workouts in case you still need to pick something up.
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Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 22, 2007 19:00

oh my gosh! so exciting. how did it go?

i have never been to a class but i sort of want to. i'm afraid i won't be good enough though to keep up.

well, you are supposed to be barefoot so no shoes needed, just comfy trousers and a top that won't go flyin' everywhere as you stand in some quite awkward poses sometimes (i.e. you don't want it to fall down around your head, haha)

but i guess you'll have fixed it anyway by now. i LOVE nike's cottony trousers for workouts in case you still need to pick something up.
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Post by stolenwine » Mon Oct 22, 2007 20:44

ok, so that was SO intense! i feel nauseous and headachey - i'm feeling better now, but straight after i got a migraine-proportion nausea-headache combo. BUT, i'm so glad i went! i did have trouble doing all the different positions and keeping up, but right now i'm not AS concerned about that, i know i'll get all the positions eventually, but for now i just want to do something active and push myself more than i have been for the past er...15 years. i'm going again next week, and hopefully i'll keep it up and go every monday.

i also want to start some kind of aerobic exercise. i know this sounds lame, but can anyone recommend a good video? i mostly just wanna get some cardio + toning thighs/bum/tummy/upper arms.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 22, 2007 22:36

sandy, the 'all star workout' is really great, i think. it has a basic warm-up and 20 min cardio session, then you can mix and match little 5 min sessions for different things like abs, kickboxing, thighs, bum etc.

i really like it because it's quite fun and easy to follow, but offers a bit of variation with the mix and match sessions.

at the moment i am in a 'hit the gym once a week' kind of mode, which isn't great. i meant to go today but didn't bother, so i'm going on wednesday instead. eep. i still feel quite guilty though!
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Oct 23, 2007 00:59

thanks, a! have you found it improves those target areas? and how long before you noticed a change?

i'm hoping i can start exercising regularly and see some significant improvements in like 6 months.
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Post by let it ride » Tue Oct 23, 2007 01:14

well, the first time i did it, i was like "oh my GOD, i have become sweat itself" which was gross, but you know, efficient.

the woman who does lead it (with the 'aid' of different, er, celebs, haha) says if you put in more, you get more out of it, so really doing the exercises fully out and making the full movement really makes a difference!

i really love the abs one, the kickboxing one, the 'invigorating stretch' (which is basically a bit of mini-yoga for five minutes) and the thigh ones super good, but i haven't even gotten around to try it all yet!

i think i notice less of a change in general because i haven't really changed my diet as i am not trying to lose weight or so (but wouldn't mind waking up with a bit less lovehandle, a bit more flat stomach), but i think it's wise to do a gym thing too.

so yes; i have FELT that i get through the sections a lot easier as i went along, but i am a complete start-stopper, but i am trying to improve.


the gym at least once a week might sound totally lame, but i think that's ok for a start. i was going for three times plus when i started, but i think i may have abandoned that bit. once i know i can get my arse to the gym once a week, i'll make it twice a week, and hope that sometimes i feel like a third one.


i get super cocky when i am at the gym for some reason. i feel like some sort of uber woman. although it might be because the weirdo guys in the free weights area ogle your breasts when you are on a crosstrainer facing your way. so i don't want to be giving off any 'meet me in the sauna in five minutes, stud who's doing the exercise wrongly' vibes.
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Post by let it ride » Mon Nov 12, 2007 00:05

oh god, i haven't been to the gym for like a month. which is rubbish, as i have already paid for a year's membership.

tomorrow i am going. i feel really good about it actually, not overly stressed or so, i feel like i've been enough times to be familiar with all the machines and fairly aware of 'gym etiquette' and all that.

i like the idea of getting started again. i really want to tone up my arms. well, all of me, but my arms especially. after "fucking hell, this is my wedding dress! iiiiih!!" i thought "oh, but it will look even better if i tone up my arms a little bit more!"

not madonna creepy veiny, but just a bit more defined.
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Post by let it ride » Mon Nov 12, 2007 14:56

oh man, i went to the gym today! i only did 15 minutes on the crosstrainer to really focus on the machines. i did TEN different machines! record or something.

mmm, i am feeling all post-gym-achey in a great way.
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Post by Colin » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:45

I signed up with the council's leisure centre thing at the weekend, which lets me go to the gym and also swim and do a load of other stuff if I want. It more or less gives you access to everything for a flat monthly fee. I think that method will work better for me than paying each time I want to go, because the more you go the cheaper it gets! Not really, but it's better value for money if you're making good use of it.
Anyway, I went for my first workout after I signed up and I lasted two hours, which is way more than I expected. I was taking it easy for at least the first hour because I was still a bit sore from being out on my bike the previous day, but I quite enjoyed it. Definitely felt intimidated at first though. I only managed ten minutes on the rowing machine, it was incredibly tiring. The alpine ski cross-trainer thing was good fun though, once I got into the rhythm of it.
I weighed myself for the first time in ages afterwards and it's the first time I've ever been over 12st (168lbs). I was quite glad about that in a way, because it shows that I wasn't being paranoid and I have in fact put on weight (about 10lbs since this time last year).
So to summarise, yay for gyms. I might go swimming too, when I've got the appropriate gear (I almost said tackle there, oh dear). The gym closest to me is closing for December to have the air conditioning replaced, so I'll probably try out a few different places and see where's best.

PS. Anyone got tips for warming up at the start of a workout? I just went for an easy spin on the bike following by some brisk walking on the treadmill, but that doesn't really do anything for your upper body and I'm super-paranoid about pulling muscles by not warming up properly.

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Post by Elvistears » Mon Nov 26, 2007 17:16

stolenwine wrote:ok, so that was SO intense! i feel nauseous and headachey - i'm feeling better now, but straight after i got a migraine-proportion nausea-headache combo. BUT, i'm so glad i went! i did have trouble doing all the different positions and keeping up, but right now i'm not AS concerned about that, i know i'll get all the positions eventually, but for now i just want to do something active and push myself more than i have been for the past er...15 years. i'm going again next week, and hopefully i'll keep it up and go every monday.

i also want to start some kind of aerobic exercise. i know this sounds lame, but can anyone recommend a good video? i mostly just wanna get some cardio + toning thighs/bum/tummy/upper arms.
ooh YOGA! I think yoga would justify its own thread...yoga is the greatest!
It shouldn't be having that effect on you, though. That said, I've been to yoga classes where I've felt that afterwards - sometimes it can just be your body readjusting. This is going to sound rather hippy to some people, but yoga does tend to free up things sometimes, and not just on a physical level. But if you're continually getting this problem, you need to do something about it.
The first thing is take a bottle of water - you can sweat loads in a particularly gruelling class and not really notice it at the time because it doesn't feel like you're doing so much.
The next thing is to take it easier on yourself. Don't worry about not being able to do all the positions. Have you joined a really difficult class? Is there an easier one? A decent instructor won't stress if you can't do it all. If it happens again, I'd tell your instructor. Perhaps its a consequence of one of the movements you are doing? There are a couple I don't do because they tend to hurt my neck.

What sort of yoga are you doing? Some are much harder and stretchier than others. I did a lovely class for a while which was basically breathing and lying on the floor, with a few movements thrown inbetween...definitely noticed the difference when I stopped doing it though.

There are some superbendy people in my class. I can just about stand up straight half of the time, but it doesn't feel competitive, because that isn't what yoga should be about.

Hope it goes well for you tonight.

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