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I need an excercise routine.......Help!

I am 5.4", 175lbs, 40yrs old in July, I just started going to the gym again. I love to workout, but I feel like without a routine of some kind, it's more like "whatever" at the gym.

Thanks everyone!

Sat. Dec 29, 5:33pm

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If you are going to the gym make an appointment with one of the trainers it will be well worth it

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 6:12 PM

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I sort of felt the same way when I started the gym...but what I did that my gym had a complimentary session with a trainer, and he and I built a plan together...he showed me which weight training machines to use, and the amount of reps. Also, we talked about cardio, and what my goals were. I hope this helps.

- Michelle

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 6:40 PM

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I know what you mean. I kind of spin my wheels at the gym if I don't have a routine.

I'm a big fan of The Abs Diet book. It not only shows every exercise - with and without weights (females, too), but it also gives you a plan depending upon how many days a week you are working out - including cardio.

I'll 3rd the trainer idea, too. Especially if it's free.

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 7:08 PM

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i appreciate you input everyone, I will check out the Abs Diet book and hook up with the trainer at the gym

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 9:59 PM

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If you have found a routine...YAY!

What really helps me, after I've picked the routine, is to listen to the same CD while I workout. When the music stops...I'm done.

Tammy Lou

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:31 PM

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I work out at Curves for that very reason--it's a routine and i work all muscle groups plus gets some cardio in.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:56 PM

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How about trying some group fitness classes?

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:12 PM

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About a year ago I started going to the gym to work on the post baby weight. I was about 170 (I'm 5'5). I did a lot of surfing the web and this is what has worked for me based on my research. First I go to the work out room at the gym and do resistance - 3 sets of 12 reps of the following: while holding a 10 lb weight I do lunges (walking across the room), squats, with no weights I do crunches, and girl push ups. Afterwards, I do the treadmill for 30 minutes (I started jogging at 5.0) or eliptical. I do this religiously 2-3 days per week. On the weekends I don't go to the gym, but I try to get walks in. I am now at 148 and I have to say I weigh less now than pre-wedding. What also helped is a friend and I started signing up for 5k runs (3 miles). I always told myself I could not do this - running is for skinny people. I have done 3 5K's in the last year and I see skinny, big, tall, short - all types. There was an 80 yr old lady that passed me up one time. They are fun when you are "training" for a 5k that is your goal - so you don't obsess over the obvious goal of wanting to lose weight. Lots of luck to you.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:19 PM

Add comment!! - you can pick machines/freeweights/mixed, and if you pay the $ for ftPro (it was $25 for a year before) then you can change out exercises you hate for others and add on things. But - the free version still rocks.



Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:45 PM

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4:19 congratulations!

did you change your eating habits as well or just added the exercises?

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 4:49 PM

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