Job change: may not have the opp. to go to a gym now...

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  1. Triple-C

    Triple-C New Member

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    I go to the gym to maintain my weight... not to get muscular, but just not to get fat.
    I am considering cancelling going to the gym all together because I do not think I will have time and/or opportunity to go to the gym once I start.

    Do you feel that I will stay in shape as much if I do workout videos?
    For instance, I like the Comcast On Demand videos a lot.

    I am wondering if going TO a gym will make a difference or if I can stay in just as much shape doing videos.

    Thanks
     
  2. NickStam

    NickStam Buy Low, Sell High

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    What do you currently do when you go the gym?
     
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    If you just go to "not be fat", doing bodyweight training and cardio at home with a good diet would probably be sufficient. Not as good as going to the gym though.
     
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    Just buy a stairstepper or a treadmill for your house/apartment.
     
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    If general fitness and weight management are your interests, there is plenty of shit you can do outside of a gym. Cardio stuff is obvious (walk, jog, bike or get an elliptical, treadmill, etc...). For strength training, look for a book called "The Naked Warrior" by Pavel Tsatsouline... strength training concepts, routines, and exercises using bodyweight and a minimal amount of equipment.
     
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    There is *always* time to go to the gym, imo. I've never stopped going, not even during my working two jobs, 14 hours a day phase that lasted a year. If you really want to, you'll find the time somehow..and of course there's the other options people have put forth about in-home stuff.
     
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    That's really how I feel about it :o
     
  8. Triple-C

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    I agree, but I am also thinking that it would be extra nice to save myself the money as well, because I am SEVERELY lacking in funds...


    to answer NickStam,
    I use the treadmill/stairmaster/some yellow cardio machine for a little while, and then I use the machine weights for abs, legs and arms...
    I dont do a whole hell of a lot at the gym, i spend a max. of about 45 mins there... thats why Im thinking it may be an equally as effective/cheaper way to keep myself in shape ...
    but im not really sure, so thats why Im asking you guys :dunno:
     
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    Then you're probably right :) You can get a decent dumbbell set at Modell's or whatever for >200 bucks. If you shop, you can probably find used weights somewhere for even cheaper. And running/walking outside is free :wiggle:
     
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    yeah, what he said.
     
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  12. Elfling

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    *chuckles* It's cool, I'd rather be thought a guy half the time here anyways :o

    I just do find it funny because to me, Elfling is not a very manly name.
     
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    sounds good... at least I know if I DO make the decision to drop the gym and just do videos and stuff on my own, it wont make a huge difference from what I do at the gym :o
     
  14. MikeTheVike1

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    spending money on a gym, might be more motivation for you to go...
     
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    im sorry elfling .im retarded
     
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    thats what I thought, and it worked for about 6 mos, but since the payment for the gym isnt making a HUGE dent in my budget, Ive realized that I just kinda "figure" my way out of the payment now.... I consider it less out of my paycheck now rather than less out of my take-home, if that makes any sense...

    I :dunno: I guess Im just looking for words of encouragement as far as dropping the gym and doing it on my own... I almost have my mind made up, but Im looking for someone to tell me its a GREAT idea or HORRIBLE idea, based on the facts ive given
     
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    Pushups, Hindu squats, upsidedown pushups, there is always an option.
     
  18. y0gfx

    y0gfx BURAAAJYANAII!!!

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    I don't know about everyone else, but paying for a gym motivates me to go. I spend xx amount of dollars a month for equipment that I'd better be using. If I didn't spend a dime, I'd probably be sitting home doing pushups and situps thinking I'd get massive. But the fact that I pay motivates me. I think if you can, just try to continue going to a gym w/ a (paid?) membership so that you'd have a reason to go out. Plus, while you're there you get to have a certain mentality that you might not be able to achieve at home.

    If you're not looking at that route, I think that motivation would be key in terms of working out several times a week. So maybe get a buddy to run with you or something...I don't know. I'm kind of rambling.
     
  19. BluSpecs

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    I think allot of it depends on how you get motivated.

    About 3 years ago I prepaid a gym membership and could never get motivated to go. As a result I never really made any progress and fatened up. I also let the membership lapse after it expired.

    I finally decided to do something about being out of shape and bought a bench/squat rack and dug out my old free weights.

    I started working out again on April 1st and have been hugely motivated so far. I'm doing the dreaded cardio by taking my boxer on bikerides 3-4 times a week and lifting 3 nights a week.

    I've dropped 18 pounds (mostly water i'm sure) so far and I swear I feel stronger.

    I screwed up and dropped a grip on my gym membership and never used it.

    I spent $200 on a decent home bench and use it all the time. I even look forward to using it.

    Food for thought anyway.
     
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