I joined a gym???

edesignuk

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OMG, what have I done :p

It's been a long time coming really, I need to get off my ass and do something. But I've always felt very intimidated by it, know what I mean? I'm a fairly lanky guy, so a gym is hardly a place where I fit in! :eek: But I've finally just thought **** it, everyone's got to start somewhere right.

Fitness assessment on Wednesday...oh boy, I can see the trainer keeling over with laughter...*** it :D :p :eek:
 

yellow

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Congrats! It's better to start young and get into the habit of being physically fit then procrastinating until you near middle age and you've become too fat/lazy/compLacient/achey to do anything about it.

no, I'm not speaking from experience.. no.. definitely not overweight and lazy.. no.. no... no.. sooo lazy...
 

PlaceofDis

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WOW!!

i know what you mean by being intimidated by it though, thus i prefer to work out on my own

but then again there are times where it is rather difficult to convince myself to even start working out, i Should join a gym so i feel obligated to go work out, but eh i get by with my crunches, pushups and weights

just remember not to try too much too fast because you will end up hurting yourself
 

mpw

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Lacero said:
Are you one of those dudes that can't do one chin-up?
I'm one of those guys where the bar comes down to me!

I've been wanting to join a gym for ages but never got round to it. I used to be really fit but now I'd consider the walk there a work-out. My resting heart rate in the last year at school was measured at 39bpm and I could ride up hill in top gear all day. I daren't take my pulse today and would ache if I free-wheeled down. :( :mad:
 

brap

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edesignuk said:
It's been a long time coming really, I need to get off my ass and do something. But I've always felt very intimidated by it, know what I mean? I'm a fairly lanky guy, so a gym is hardly a place where I fit in! :eek: But I've finally just thought **** it, everyone's got to start somewhere right.

Fitness assessment on Wednesday...oh boy, I can see the trainer keeling over with laughter...*** it :D :p :eek:
Dude, don't sweat it (hehe).

I joined one last year, it was very informal, nobody was judgemental in any way and it was actually rather a lot of fun. You'll find there are people there going for all sorts of reasons - triathlon runners who spend hours on the treadmill, obese thirtysomethings wanting to fix their ways (and good on them), pensioners going for a walk on the treadmills... oh yeah, and the super-fit twentysomethings in very, very small sports tops, all sweaty and... anyway! Great fun.

Remember, these guys do it for a living. They've always seen people in much worse shape than you are - and from the pics thread, you don't look like a regular Phil Jupitus... just relax and enjoy it.

That said, I've not been in about 6 months now, due to this and that. Coincidentally, we're going back tomorrow. I've accumulated quite a belly :eek:
 

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Good luck, edesign!

I can't do one pull-up, but I can run 30 miles at a time without stopping. :D

And I'd trace skinny/lanky for the constant having to watch what I eat metabolism.
 

emw

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That's awesome - I hope it works out for you. Oh, sorry, that was a bad pun. Is it one of those big chains, or is it more of a neighborhood joint?

In terms of "fitting in" - the gym is a place where you will see a wide variety of people and body styles (some of which you may prefer more than others ;)). You'll fit in fine.

I tried it for awhile, but I always found it hard to get motivated to go to the gym. I finally just bought the weight equipment for my house, and it's really turned out to be a good investment.
 

Lacero

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I had a crush on this really pretty girl in high school. About 6 years later, when I was working in the gym, I recognized her by her voice. But holy cow!, she gained something like 60-100 lbs! She was basically round. Then I started wondering what happened in her life to cause her to gain so much weight. Was she depressed? Did she have low-self esteem? She was so gregarious and fun in high school.

Well that was a while ago, anyway.
 

PlaceofDis

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emw said:
I tried it for awhile, but I always found it hard to get motivated to go to the gym. I finally just bought the weight equipment for my house, and it's really turned out to be a good investment.
what type of equipment did you get? my sister got a gazelle, which i will look forward to using when she is done with it, my gf has a bowflex which is sweet, i hope to get one of those one day, they are very versitle and exelent for working out
 

edesignuk

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emw said:
Is it one of those big chains, or is it more of a neighborhood joint?
It's a big chain, I'm lucky to have it 5 minutes from my door really - www.bannatyneleisure.com - It's got everything. 3 gyms, a pool, tennis courts, squash courts...course all that just makes it even more intimidating, just getting myself through the door was hard work! :eek:

I'm just preparing myself for a world of pain for a few weeks...:eek:
 

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daveway00 said:
Who does edesign think he's fooling? He's doing it incase he sees Keira, so she won't know her #1 fan is all lanky.
How much would the address of Keira's gym be worth?
 

edesignuk

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daveway00 said:
Who does edesign think he's fooling? He's doing it incase he sees Keira, so she won't know her #1 fan is all lanky.
hahaha, na....I'm doing it to give me an excuse to get a Shuffle ;) :D
 

edesignuk

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daveway00 said:
Reasons for joining:
1. confidence
2. impress Keira
3. shuffle
4. bored on MR :rolleyes:
5. not quite mid-life crisis
1. Yes
2. haha, chance would be a fine thing :p
3. Yeah...I reckon so
4.

5. WAY off a mid life crisis thank you! I'm only 21!
 

emw

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PlaceofDis said:
what type of equipment did you get? my sister got a gazelle, which i will look forward to using when she is done with it, my gf has a bowflex which is sweet, i hope to get one of those one day, they are very versitle and exelent for working out
I thought about getting the Bowflex or something like it, but we made the investment before I felt those were really proven (about 6 years ago). Right now we have:

- Full Olympic weight set
- Half-cage weight rack, including fly and lat accessories
- Bench with leg attachment
- Leg press
- Treadmill
- Dumbbells from 5 to 50 pounds
- Bike trainer (put my road bike on it to ride)
- Pull-up/dip stand

The advantage in my mind of having the free weights is that my wife and I (or others that want to) can work out at the same time.

Of course, you have to have the "non-essentials", like a TV and stereo. It's nice having it in the basement, since we can work out as time (and kids) permits.

We've rearranged a little since these pics were taken, but this is essentially what it looks like:

 

Daveway

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emw said:
I thought about getting the Bowflex or something like it, but we made the investment before I felt those were really proven (about 6 years ago). Right now we have:

- Full Olympic weight set
- Half-cage weight rack, including fly and lat accessories
- Bench with leg attachment
- Leg press
- Treadmill
- Dumbbells from 5 to 50 pounds
- Bike trainer (put my road bike on it to ride)
- Pull-up/dip stand

The advantage in my mind of having the free weights is that my wife and I (or others that want to) can work out at the same time.

Of course, you have to have the "non-essentials", like a TV and stereo. It's nice having it in the basement, since we can work out as time (and kids) permits.

We've rearranged a little since these pics were taken, but this is essentially what it looks like:
WOW :eek: So The Incredibles was a true story after all.
 

rogerw

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emw said:
I thought about getting the Bowflex or something like it, but we made the investment before I felt those were really proven (about 6 years ago). Right now we have:

- Full Olympic weight set
- Half-cage weight rack, including fly and lat accessories
- Bench with leg attachment
- Leg press
- Treadmill
- Dumbbells from 5 to 50 pounds
- Bike trainer (put my road bike on it to ride)
- Pull-up/dip stand

The advantage in my mind of having the free weights is that my wife and I (or others that want to) can work out at the same time.

Of course, you have to have the "non-essentials", like a TV and stereo. It's nice having it in the basement, since we can work out as time (and kids) permits.

We've rearranged a little since these pics were taken, but this is essentially what it looks like:

**cking 'ell
 

emw

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daveway00 said:
WOW :eek: So The Incredibles was a true story after all.
Yeah, when I get bored I go out and bench-press the car for variety. :D

Don't let the setup fool ya too much - I'm no muscle-head, I just enjoy being able to workout.
 

PlaceofDis

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impressive setup emw, im jealous, i imagine it took awhile to aquire that much stuff though huh?

great, this thread is making me feel inadaquite, i think i might have to go do some lifting now on spring break