Starter Gym Work-Outs
Are you just starting your New Year’s resolution and have decided to join the gym along with your diet? Have you joined and know you are wondering what on earth you should be doing with all of those machines? Which machines at the gym are best and which ones will give you the best work out to go along with your diet? I have simplified your start to the gym by giving you a suggested plan of action for those of you who are just starting out at the gym. As with any diet and exercise program, I recommend checking with your Doctor before you get started if you are concerned about any health conditions.
Month One at the Gym:
If you are just starting out at the gym, I think the best thing to go with your diet is adding some cardio and just get a feel for what you like. I started out on the elliptical machine and started on level one, random interval program and 30 minute time limit. I went to the gym 6 days a week and about every week, I would work up to the next level. After the first two weeks, I changed from time limit to concentrating on calories burned. After month one, I was burning 500 calories on the elliptical in 45 minutes at level 7.
Of course you do not want to burn out so adding the treadmill to your gym routine is a great idea. In my first month, I walked at a pace of 3.6 miles per hour for at least 20 minutes on a calorie burning plan which made the incline go up and down throughout the routine. Adding incline to any treadmill routine along with adding speed can greatly increase the amount of calories burned during exercise. I added speed slowly and still only walk at a pace of 3.6 miles per hour but I up the incline during my walk and can usually burn about 150 calories in 20 minutes. To further help you lose weight, you may also try some dietary supplements for weight loss and to burn fat. You can check some resurge reviews to see some of the best products that you may want to consider.
After about 2 weeks following a slow starting plan, I decided it was time to add some muscle building to my gym routine. Muscle building will not only help you with your cardio routines, it also burns calories. I started out on each machine with the lowest weight that I could comfortably lift and did 2-3 sets of 15. If I was unsure how to use the machine, I would ask or most of them had the directions on the side. I could also watch other people use the machine so I could know for next time. To this day I do not do any free weights at this point and use most of the machines. The machines that I recommend are at least one for the legs, all stomach ones, and several arm machines. I would do the same number of sets and repetitions for a week or two and move up once I felt it was too easy. My main focus was on any machines that emphasized the stomach. When you are doing the machines your goal is not to bulk up at the gym but to tone up and for someone like me that was way out of shape, I still have a ways to go before I even have to worry about bulking up.
Gym for You
Your gym may have many more machines than mine as I am in a small town of less than 20,000 but any gym can help you with your weight loss and diet goals. For me the key to my gym work outs are making sure that I go 5-6 times per week and I go for 1-1 ¬Ω hour at a time. If you do not feel like you have this much time to go to the gym, I recommend making the time at first because a good gym work out is a great way to get your diet going. If you are a bit overweight like I am, your life is worth taking some extra time out of your day to make sure you have plenty of time at the gym. Stay tuned for month two at the gym!