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Old 02-09-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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All things gym! Thread/Discussion.

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Let's talk about gym, though, seriously.

I joined a gym sometime in the final quarter or so of last year. I'm 20 years old, about 186cm tall (I think that's like 6'2") and before I joined I weighed 56kgs Now I'm up to roughly 60kgs, but I find it all pretty hard. I think eating properly is the hardest thing for me, as in it's hard for me to get used to eating the amount of food I should be to put on weight. I mean when I wake up in the mornings (usually around 10-11am, because I'm at uni and I work nights) I'm not hungry. I could go a good hour after getting up without eating. But I digress.

How long have you been going to the gym? What music do you listen to whilst at gym? What are some funny stories associated with you being at the gym? What's your program like? How much weight do you lift? How far do you run on that treadmill? Have you tried to do your own OK Go video? Do you use protein supplements? YOU GOT A DOOR? YOU GOT A GYM!

Hopefully this thread will generate some good discussion, we all would like to see each other happy in themselves and happy with their bodies I'm sure.

To start the ball rolling, I will regale you with a story about this absolute wanker that works out at my gym. He is one of those people who walks around like he owns the gym. He starts with push ups. He smashes out about 20 or 30 in no time at all, and then throws the discs he was using half way across the room. And whenever he does weights, no matter how light the weight (though he's much bigger than I am, we actually do similar weights on a few exercises) or how few reps he's done, he roars and moans and grunts. As he nears the end of a set, he starts banging his foot on the ground (which you're not meant to do) to pump himself up, I guess. Now I know everyone grunts a bit when doing weights, you're meant to exhale, it helps, but this is just ridiculous. It's very distracting. Maybe in about 10 years when I'm a bit bigger I'll be able to punch him in the face.
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I'm about to start going to the gym, I tell myself.

I'm 5'7" (170cm) and weigh about 135 (61 kg). I've gained about 15 pounds (7 kg) since I started college, mostly just from aging and eating. I work out in the sense that I play basketball regularly, so I'm in cardiovascular shape, but I do not lift (I was going to start in the fall until I tore a muscle).

I'm pretty tired from all these metric conversions, though, so I think I'll skip the gym today.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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I joined a gym about 18 months ago, shockingly as I swore I would never do actual, you know, exercise. However, after a certain age, dancing till 4.00 am in clubs just doesn't cut it ya know? Mix of cardio (mostly intervals on the bike or elliptical) and weights round. Thankfully we have a women's only room so I don't have to see/hear boofhead blokes grunting. Maybe dropping a 6kg dumbell on his foot might work, cobbler?

My gym is so low rent that the treadmill/bike room just has the one projector showing dvds on the wall, none of this individual screen on the treadmill bullshit. If I see the Sound Relief dvd one more time..... Though you should me go if they're showing Chartbusting 80s!
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Whats a gym?
















oh A GYM!
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i went to the gym once. but they didn't have a bar, i couldn't smoke, so i left.



nah, i went to the gym for a little while with a buddy of mine. turns out it's not better to go with someone who pushes you to compete/keep up, but someone who's more out of shape than you.
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I go sometimes, I've already started eating a bit healthier/drinking less this year so hopefully I can keep that up and get a decent routine going. There's a good place not far from my place that doesn't pull you in on any bullshit membership deals (which is what I hate about Fitness First et. al).
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I do cardio at home on my own machine, 40-50 minutes about 5 times a week. I will add in some strength and conditioning as soon as I have time! Lately I've been shoveling wet snow and ice so my back and shoulders are set for a while.
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To start the ball rolling, I will regale you with a story about this absolute wanker that works out at my gym. He is one of those people who walks around like he owns the gym. He starts with push ups. He smashes out about 20 or 30 in no time at all, and then throws the discs he was using half way across the room. And whenever he does weights, no matter how light the weight (though he's much bigger than I am, we actually do similar weights on a few exercises) or how few reps he's done, he roars and moans and grunts. As he nears the end of a set, he starts banging his foot on the ground (which you're not meant to do) to pump himself up, I guess. Now I know everyone grunts a bit when doing weights, you're meant to exhale, it helps, but this is just ridiculous. It's very distracting. Maybe in about 10 years when I'm a bit bigger I'll be able to punch him in the face.
OMG! I hate people like that. I'll give you a little grunting, but seriously, calm down.

(Oh yes, it is SO impressive that you just finished pumping your biceps with those 40 lb./20 kg free weights. Thank you for throwing them on the floor so that we all know that you are done with them.
Asshole.)

I've had a membership to our YWCA for more than 10 years. I have lost and gained weight throughout that time, but currently I am down roughly 25 lbs./10 kg from my peak. But, I've got another 25 lbs. to go. Thankfully, I carry the weight fairly well (it's relatively evenly distributed around my body). I'm 6' tall (182 cm) and currently 210 lbs. (95 kg).

Exercising is easy once you make it a routine or a habit. The hard part is starting to do that. My wife and I have found at least 2-3 times per week that we keep on our schedule to go. It helps because she takes one of their free group classes (Body Flow), so having a hard schedule for those helps get us there.

I've got a chronic back injury that I have to be careful of while working out, so that limits what I can do. I'm slowly strengthening it, but it is taking forever and shoveling this fucking snow doesn't help it.

I think it's important to find something that you like to do at the gym first, and then expand from there. For a while, we just went to the gym to sit in the sauna and/or hot tub. It was helpful because it kept us in the habit of going even if we weren't exercising.

Outside of the gym, the two thing I do to help lose weight is walking often (park at a spot on the far side of the lot, take the stairs instead of escalators/elevators, walk up/down escalators) and trying to eat right.
When I lost the most weight, it was because I was counting calories and limiting my intake. Type of food didn't matter so much, I just tried to limit my calories. It's hard as hell, but it works the best. The best food advice I give to people who are trying to lose weight is water content. Eat as much watery food as possible: soups, melons, bananas, pretty much any veggie, etc. There are too many calorie-dense foods. Diet food and artificial sweeteners are okay, especially to get started, but long term, you really want simple, unprocessed, (often raw) food.

Sorry, that's a lot of rambling to start.
I want to get down to my target weight by this summer. I hope other people here can set some goals, too, and we can encourage each other.
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I USED to go to the gym, and often go swimming after, as well as do sprinting. I used to be fit, but I used to have more meat/fat/baby fat on my face and bones back in my early 20s. So I could build a bit of muscle easily.


now Im underweight, due to stress/issues, and other couple of things, any working out would have to be very minimal and pretty much nothing, so I can gain fat on body then back on face. Anything crazy the weight would drop off me.

If anything, my future exercise will be swimming once a week to keep circulation going and just its a less intense exercise.


but I miss the days of the gym like twice a week, and the feel good factor after.


I never witnessed anything funny, maybe once a couple of guys just pumpin with dumbells but constantly checking themselves in the mirror and posing, . I used to be there for like near 8 at night and there was hardly anyone in the place, it was great!!
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I joined the gym at work, which is ludicrously cheap. My schedule allows me to usually pop up there mid-afternoon, when there's hardly anyone else up there, which is nice.

I typically do about 30 minutes of cardio and then a handful of exercises with weights, and some ab stuff.

I joined mostly because as I get older and my metabolism is slowing down, it's easier for me to maintain my current weight by exercising, rather than changing my diet. So, while I could definitely use some toning, I jones the gym not to lose weight, but so I could keep eating whatever I want.

We'll see how long it lasts. Ideally, I want to go three times a week, but it's usually two. But it's still better than what I was doing, which was a big, fat nothing.
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I've been lifting weights consistently for nearly fifteen years now. If I can offer you any advice on how to gain muscle mass and tone, Cobbler, it is this: be consistent. I have known many people who work out furiously for a week or two, only to take a month or two off after that. Working out with weights and cardio a few times a week and eating well will definitely get results.

I can definitely relate to your stories about the Hercules pretender types at the gym. My personal favorite is the high-school hero who comes in with a sleeveless shirt that reveals some elaborate barbed wire or "tribal" tattoo on his arm. Unfortunately, he is scrawny as hell, so when he throws 200 pounds on the bench and starts working himself into a frenzy, the weight invariably drops right onto his chest. It's quite hilarious, really.
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Do any of you who work out drink those power protein type drinks, or eat the bars?

fuk me, the health shop has so much of that!
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I don't I just try to eat normal portions with some variety and leave it at that. Life is too complicated enough for me to obsess about diet!
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I take soy protein and amino acid supplements. They do work in terms of muscle mass, but if you're not interested in that, then I don't really think that they are worth using. A lot of those supplements, like Ripped Fuel, can be very dangerous as well.
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Do any of you who work out drink those power protein type drinks, or eat the bars?

fuk me, the health shop has so much of that!
only take those things if you're committed to working out and actually know what you're doing, 'cause if you aren't/don't you could end up doing nothing more than putting on weight.

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