Finding a gym

nv-hunter

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Been trying to find a better gym and am having issues finding one that doesn't cost 100 plus a month or doesnt expect you to be thier add campaign. I belong to a national chain but can't get help with programs or learning the equipment to its full potential.
Went to sign up with my wife at her gym for a 6 week weight loss challenge today and walked out because of all the requirements i had to do to promote thier business. Facebook and mandating posts press release and no way to opt out. Same with email adds and mailing list.

I just want to work out, sorry had to vent
 
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taskswap

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We bought a stair stepper this year. It's not a full workout but I definitely see the difference scout hiking after using it a few months. Trying to add 10 steps a week til I can keep up with the kids.
 

Timr245

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Not sure what kind of space you have at home or your budget, but I have a very simple yet effective home gym setup with dumbells and free weights for about $1500. Buy once, own forever that way. I can list the equipment if you’re interested.
 
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nv-hunter

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Ya my house is only 900 sq feet, keeps kids and guests from staying too long. LOl

My biggest issue is that I have no clue what I'm doing and over do it too often and then hurt myself.
 

tim

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I had not belonged to a gym in about 5 years. i had a surgery and joined a gym for 4 months. anytime fitness worked for me. I actually did not see to many employees there, since i was there during non staffed hours.
 

ScottR

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For me it’s about schedule and then the core lifts. If I can do the big 4 on my schedule I’m golden, all the other lifts have hacks or body weight options.
 

archeranthony

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NV i go to a chain called Fitness Connection. Not sure if they are in your area yet. Cost is $10 a month with a one time a year payment of $49. As far as knowing what to do when you are there. You have access to many guys here that probably have tons of experience. I would be more than happy to give you some basic workout routines. I used a personal trainer when i first started and it helped me alot by understanding what i was doing with each exercise and what specific muscles i was targeting.
 

ScottR

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NV i go to a chain called Fitness Connection. Not sure if they are in your area yet. Cost is $10 a month with a one time a year payment of $49. As far as knowing what to do when you are there. You have access to many guys here that probably have tons of experience. I would be more than happy to give you some basic workout routines. I used a personal trainer when i first started and it helped me alot by understanding what i was doing with each exercise and what specific muscles i was targeting.
Agreed, Bonecollector or even THelms can help, He coached a lot of lifters.
 

25contender

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I have bought used equipment and stopped going to the gym last year. I bought a stair stepper, treadmill, some freeweights, a leg lift rack, and a bow flex for under $500 total. This year I bought a used concept 2 E series rower for $500. Over the years I have found that endurance is more important to me then muscle bulk up. The rower is my favorite. I can do it everyday and it is very low impact on your joints.
 

nv-hunter

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Just a short update

Found a personal trainer and have been doing the couch potato to 5k at the gym ( planet fitness ) have been going steady for a month and a half. Really seeing strength and endurance increasing. I'll start hiking with a pack 2 to 3 days a week now.
 
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tdcour

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I workout at the house in the garage. Really doesn't take much space. I have about a 10'x15' spot I do all my exercises in. Lots of free weights, body weight exercises, and olympic lifts. My wife goes to Planet Fitness, works out with a trainer there and loves it. I've just had a lot more experience lifting than she has, so getting a trainer is smart on your part. Nothing sets back your fitness routine more than getting injured... speaking from personal experience there.

And good for you sticking what you were looking for and getting after it!
 

Ikeepitcold

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My wife’s gum does these challenges and she has to post on FB. Definitely promoting the gym.

I myself hate gyms. I have a few machines in my garage I use or I just go to my favorite gym the mountains and get all the cardio I can stand.