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Never been to a gym

Old 12-30-18, 07:38 PM
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Never been to a gym

Last time I was in a gym was in college, 1988 or so. I ran track and cross country, coached the triathlete guys but stopped the gym thing. I've gotten several gym passes from different employers but couldn't find myself in those places. I'm healthy AF cause the bike says so. Anybody else?
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Old 12-30-18, 07:44 PM
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How exactly does a bike tell you you're "healthy AF"?
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Old 12-30-18, 08:11 PM
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I'm healthy AF since my doc says so. I also go to the gym to lift, along with hiking and cycling.

It's good to mix things up.
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Old 12-30-18, 08:11 PM
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Mine tells my I'm fat and lazy.
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Old 12-30-18, 08:48 PM
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I go to the gym to hit the treadmill, 4 or 5 times per week. I'll mess with free weights if I have to wait, that's about it. Actually a fitness center, at work and one at home, which aren't formally gyms which brings up something I've been wondering about. For years. Although I'm only there for about an hour, it's been quite a few of those hours and in all that time I have never seen someone working hard on weights, working up a sweat, breathing hard. They do a little with free weights, sit around and wander a bit, 10 or 15 minutes later do something else. Is this common in regular gyms, or is it just my "fitness centers" where there isn't much direction and people perhaps don't know much about it?
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Old 12-30-18, 09:04 PM
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I just started going to the gym. It has made me worse at biking, and every joint in my body now hurts, and the range of motion in my right hip has decreased.

I am hoping that this is just the breaking in period.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:19 PM
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Gyms come in many forms and focuses and I've belonged to several over my lifetime. I have found a lot of benefits to gyms, but that said, there are many paths to health and fitness. If you find a gym that fits your goals and personality, great. If not, enjoy any of the 1,000s of other activities that can enhance your well-being. Outside of the gym, I ride bike (obviously), canoe, hike, swim, and have dabbled in trail running.

WPHamilton, I have also seen this phenomenon at many gyms and fitness centers, especially this time of year when the resolutioners come in. There is usually a minority of hard-core gym beasts wearing out the cast iron, a larger group of fitness enthusiasts who just want a good workout, and then there's the subset who are there to socialize, show off the latest in activewear and spend a lot of time looking in the mirrors. This is why its a good idea to shop around for a gym or fitness center to find one that suits your tastes.

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Old 12-30-18, 09:23 PM
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The one I joined doesn't allow people to drop the weights on the ground, grunt loudly while lifting, and it is about the furthest thing from a pick-up scene that I have ever seen. Everyone has to disinfect equipment after they touch it. They don't allow you to wear shorts south of the equator, so the plummers union is a bit miffed, but it makes for a nicer scene overall.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:27 PM
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Is your heart bhafpm?
gyms can bring out weirdos that may screw up your end goals. Just be prepared for those types when using a public membership type gym.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:29 PM
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I find hiking and small dumbells at home to be sufficient to balance my workout needs. But i am not as in shape as many.
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I find hiking and small dumbells at home to be sufficient to balance my workout needs. But i am not as in shape as many.
I did at first, but now that the dumbells are older (21, 19 and 15), it gets harder to lift them.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:42 PM
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You don't need to go to the gym to be healthy. You go to get faster. If speed is not that important, why go? Unless its fun.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I just started going to the gym. It has made me worse at biking, and every joint in my body now hurts, and the range of motion in my right hip has decreased.

I am hoping that this is just the breaking in period.
Are you working with a competent trainer? Your description of every JOINT hurting and a decreased ROM of your right hip makes me concerned. Muscle soreness and fatigue are normal when starting a new activity, but widespread joint pain and localized disability are red flags.

It sounds like you've found a good gym. Is it a Planet Fitness by chance?

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Old 12-30-18, 09:49 PM
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Rode 3k miles this year but the gym taught me that cycling has given me great cardio fitness, decent muscular and joint fitness for very specific muscles groups, but much less muscular fitness anywhere else.

Doing squats, lunges, dead lifts, abdominal and back workouts, as well as higher-rep upper body workouts is beginning to improve my muscular and general range of motion fitness. My posture improves, my endurance holding my form on the bike improves, and my overall well-being feels better as I combine some complementary exercise to go with my cycling. Even for cardio, nothing can peg my heart rate like the endless stairs.

So for me, the gym has improved my health in areas where cycling leaves a little to be desired. Cycling may still be the majority of my fitness routine but a few days a week working on core strength, and muscle groups that are secondary but still beneficial to cycling makes me a better rider but also more generally fit.

My gym has all sorts, the social patrons, the fat people on treadmills because their doctors told them to walk some weight off the massive pecs/dainty legs guys who skip leg day, women who can squat more than me with ease, guys who can do abs workouts all day long and still make it look easy, guys who can bench press more than I can leg press... a broad range of normal and compulsive people just like here.

I think doing the gym right can make cyclists better.
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Old 12-30-18, 09:58 PM
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Mine tells my I'm fat and lazy.
We must have the same model of bike!
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Old 12-30-18, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
Are you working with a competent trainer? Your description of every JOINT hurting and a decreased ROM of your right hip makes me concerned. Muscle soreness and fatigue are normal when starting a new activity, but widespread joint pain and localized disability are red flags.

It sounds like you've found a good gym. Is it a Planet Fitness by chance?
Thanks for your concern. I am a bit worried too, as I hate pain. (Pain would be an over-statement, but I do feel it in my joints, like my shoulders, knees, etc, and I never have had any such issues before -- primarily by scrupulously avoiding lifting one more milligram of weight than absolutely necessary).

I don't have a trainer, and am probably over-doing it.

https://www.toadalfitness.com

My oldest kid is seriously into working out, so he is now home for Xmas and showing me how to do stuff more sensibly.
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Old 12-30-18, 10:07 PM
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The one I joined doesn't allow people to drop the weights on the ground, grunt loudly while lifting, and it is about the furthest thing from a pick-up scene that I have ever seen. Everyone has to disinfect equipment after they touch it. They don't allow you to wear shorts south of the equator, so the plumbers union is a bit miffed, but it makes for a nicer scene overall.
Hint, that's not a "real" gym. Real gyms are dirty, smelly and they don't have Swiss balls.

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My kid's cycling coach a long time ago - (really). Got junior doing 1,000lb leg press @ age 15. That helped speed a whole bunch.
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I started with calis , rope climbing , rings , push ups pull ups , dips , . i went into the gym for leg press and dead lifts, lil bitta leg curls . light bench press .

the bike has made me lazy and weak , but more active and stronger huh idk dyk ????
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Old 12-31-18, 12:45 AM
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I did at first, but now that the dumbells are older (21, 19 and 15), it gets harder to lift them.
my youngest is 32. He is a good kid and lets me beat him up hills on the bike. He is a better musician however.
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My kid's cycling coach a long time ago - (really). Got junior doing 1,000lb leg press @ age 15. That helped speed a whole bunch.
thats pretty much what i look like. Then i wake up.
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The only thing my bike tells me is I am saving a crap tonne of money not owning a car and have money to buy beer etc.
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Good health and physically fit mean two different things. Being in good health can mean the absence of disease., but if you can't do basic body movement such as 10 pull-ups, you're far from being physically fit.

Cyclist (and runners) aren't physically fit because they have pathetic upper bodies. Pro cyclist and their long distance running counterparts sacrifice the balance to win the race.
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Originally Posted by BikingTech View Post
Last time I was in a gym was in college, 1988 or so. I ran track and cross country, coached the triathlete guys but stopped the gym thing. I've gotten several gym passes from different employers but couldn't find myself in those places. I'm healthy AF cause the bike says so. Anybody else?

What's "healthy AF"?

How did your bike tell you?



Personally, I do a whole variety of different exercises and activities both outside and inside. At home and in a gym. It's all good.

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Old 12-31-18, 05:56 AM
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I have, and always have, a gym in my home. I don't have to go anywhere, talk to anyone or wait for a piece of equipment. I consider high quality fitness equipment as necessary as a refrigerator.

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