I hate gym sessions!

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28/12/2002 at 20:15
Hi all,

Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Could anyone point me in the right direction please? Now the evenings are too dark to run cross country sessions every evening, could anyone suggest what I should be doing in the gym to compensate?

I am a member of Fitness First (I won't say where but it's the only gym nearby so I can't simply change gyms). The facilaties are ok but I haven't the slightest motivation to train there. There is no friendly atmosphere, banter, etc which I had at my previous gym so I need some ideas as to what to do so I have to spend as little time there but get the maximum benefit possible in, say, an hour session 3 times a week. Obviously low weight/high reps are the order of the day but what cardio-work should be done that doesn't over tire the legs? I have a HRM but find training to the levels suggested tedious. I enjoy the cycling, cross-trainer & stepper but how should I use these most effectively?

I realise these may be basic training questions but any advice would be appreciated. Thanx!

28/12/2002 at 21:09
pembo, I sympathise with you, I get soooo bored at the gym, I can do a 2 hour slow run outdoors no problem, but 20 min jog on the treadmill and I'm battling with myself to keep going, the only thing I can offer is
to do high intensity "circuits" of the cardio machines, use the HrM to make sure you work as hard as you would like, I do 10 mins only on each, and try to keep my heartrate up by doing quick changes, also useful at my gym, where, unlike a lot of people, I find it really hard to ignore the 10 min only when busy rule - the other bane of indoor stuff! - I suspect you are much fitter than me, and I'm a beginner, but I find the variety the only way to beat the tedium.
Good luck!
28/12/2002 at 21:14
I find gyms boring as well but I love my treadmill sessions. I only use the treadmill for speed sessions and as I've improved in the past year I find myself looking forward to pushing myself to destruction (well amost).

Have you thought about using a personal trainer. I know it sounds poncey and it it a bit expensive but mine has been brilliant for me.
28/12/2002 at 21:25
I totally understand what your saying. Gyms and gym goers bore the f*** out of me. Is it me or do these gym goers strike you as being the least serious about fitness? As a women I often find myself on the treadmill to do speedwork only to be joined by some total macho jerk who feels the need to try and outrun me? What's that all about? The so called fitness instructors who do the gym induction amuse me you always get someone who is blatantly not as fit as you - how do you take their advice seriously? At "Active" in Brighton the instructor spent most of the time "kissing" himself in the mirror. Is there a gym for runners and cyclists? God I wish there was! I know I am supposed to cross train but where's the incentive? Any advice before this begins to sound like a rant Or maybe it already does!
28/12/2002 at 22:19
There is a huge gym for runners and cyclists - it's called "Outdoors".
Gyms are good for one thing - doing weights sessions.
I personally never use any of the CV kit.
I couldn't agree more about about the "instructors" - most of them probably got their qualifications off the back of a cornflakes packet.
Seriously, though if you can find a gym that does spinning sessions, give them a go - it's the hardest I've ever worked on a bike.
28/12/2002 at 22:35
I am a gym bunny
been in gyms for YEARS
Got put off mine when i was laughed at for attempting a marathon(AT MY WEIGHT)
But good when the weather is crap
i do spped sessions and sometimes long ones on the tready
And i need to up my weights sessions
28/12/2002 at 23:08
To Mr Cornish Ironman outdoors... yes.. funny.. very witty. It did actually take me a few seconds to realise that you were actually taking the p***. I only feel that i should use the gym coz thats what all the training guides tell you. I have heard of spinning classes but being a poor student I can only just stretch to new shoes this month let alone extra classes. The guy at my local running shop who is an ultra runner swears buy his weighted vest that he wears to run shorter distances! Has anyone else tried this? Perhaps you - Mr Ironman?!
28/12/2002 at 23:23
Suzi F
Being a couple of stone heavier than I'd like to be, I reckon I run wearing a "permanent natural weighted vest substitute"! I'm hoping that when I lose the weight I'll still be left with the resulting strong legs!
I find treadmills extremely boring, but working long hours find the gym useful on cold dark winter nights.
28/12/2002 at 23:33
how do I get my name not to appear at the top?
28/12/2002 at 23:36
My details in forum(top left)
then just chang Nickname
29/12/2002 at 12:01
Pembo - don't know if your gym does them but my gym does "Body Pump" classes - low weights, high reps, so good in that sense, plus if you get a decent instructor there's a bit more atmosphere than in a gym without banter. The fact that it's free weights and includes an abs track should help core stability and stuff which is good for running posture.
29/12/2002 at 12:12
RB, I too wear a natural weighted running vest but it is getting lighter. I use the gym mainly the day after a long run. I find the sauna and hydro pool very relaxing, soothing out any aches and pains.
29/12/2002 at 14:25
I hate gyms, but until recently I lived in a big city and it was the most pleasant option (I hated battling with the traffic). I found that SPINNING classes were excellent. It was usually about 1hr on a high resistance bike, led by an instructor who gets you to do reps etc. Where I went did classes for different disciplines so that I could work on stamina, or speed, etc depending on what I wanted.
29/12/2002 at 14:48
I'm glad I'm not the only one with a complete mental block about gyms. I go to Fitness First ... not another word needs to be said about these pushy sales,pushy marketing places ... as for the actual gym .. for spinning class, you had to be in on a bike at least 20 mins before the class ... 1 class every 2 nights or somethng .. I gave up on that ... then the running thing .. am I the only female who's hair gets untidy and sweats at a gym ? they all look so cute and simply just glow in their under sized over stretched lycra !!!
Even with TV and radio these places just bore me to death ... at least on the road.. you can chip stones at cars who nearly knock you down etc ...
29/12/2002 at 14:51
Some gyms are fine, not all instructors admire themselves in the mirror. The gym I go to has some excellent classes. I don't go to the classes because I don't have the time. I do however go to circuit training there and the instructor is very good, often joining in himself, he also runs.

Another gym I used to go to was rubbish, no music, wasn't even allowed to wear head phones and the instructor used to just stand at the side and not mix with anyone, unless approached.

Circuits are excellent for all over body fitness and for strength training. It's also easier to do these kind of exercises in a group with someone shouting encouragement at you to work harder. I find them harder than running!

29/12/2002 at 14:58
sorry pembo didn't answer any of your questions. You could try using the cv equipment for short bursts. Go on each one for 10/15 mins total, but in that time do a variety of paces like 1min fast, 1 min recovery, 2 mins fast, 1 min recovery, 3 mins fast, 1 min recovery etc. Really there is quite a lot you could do, just use variety and you won't get bored.
29/12/2002 at 15:52
THANK YOU EVERYONE!! For you helpful, witty and very intelligent comments on gyms. All comments have been noted down and I am now eagerly awaiting returning to the gym this week. My motivation level has been well and truely lifted. I would like to point out that I too wear one of God's "weighted jackets" whilst running and, with some hard work, it WILL disappear again.

I used to train at the Molineux (yes, the Wolves ground) and we had a fantastic gym. Friendly, helpful instructors. Good people to train with. My first instructor, Chris, was ex-Royal Marine PT Instructor, so I was above average fit in those days with his classes. Motivation wasn't a problem. Fear works wonders! In 1998, after four years the Wolves, in their wisdom, shut the gym down. Since then finding a gym with same atmosphere has been impossible. Hence with the lack of real incentive and training partners my fitness has declined. I still ran. Did some 10k races and a 1/2 marathon. But it didn't seem as much fun. However having you lot passing on your kind comments and advice I feel a part of a team again. So thank you all!

Good luck with your running. Have a successful and injury free 2003. Chhers everyone.
31/12/2002 at 13:04
You don't need to go near a fitness instructor when you go to the gym, or go on the treadmill. The best think to do in the gym is to go on the rowing machine. It improves both your arm and leg strength greatly, while at the same time working your lungs. Everything that a runner needs. You can also measure your speed which I find keeps you motivated as you try and get pb's on the rowing machine!
Enjoy it and prepare to suffer, as it is not easy!
31/12/2002 at 13:18
I have to say that I Hate Gyms: boring, hot and full of poseurs. Am I the only one who actually sweats in a gym? Whenever I blag a freeby most of the regulars look offended by my tatty kit and sweaty pits.
I cross train by mountain biking - but if anyone has any ideas for working the upper body outdoors I'd be interested. (Suppose I could row or canoe, but that needs gear and water)
31/12/2002 at 17:20
well actually, although i hate gyms, the one i go to is so old no-one else uses it apart from me and a couple other people. the centre containing the gym has no instructors and no organised classes, but it dies have two treadnills and two rowers, a couple of those cross trainers and a circuit of weights machines. this is alli need at the most extreme of times. and there are no self admirers. but it has no t.v's or radio etc. makes it more than extremely boring. i share your hatred of gyms.
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