Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Dear duders.

The gym has been packed this past month, as I expected of course but shit its like 3 times the amount of people here now. Before Christmas it was pretty much dead, classes I took had just a few of us there and the gym itself was very quiet. I went to my classes though but didn't go to the gym as much as I would have liked. My new years revolution was to go to the gym more often and be a healthier person, so thats exactly what I have been doing, here is my current routine.

  • Monday - 45 Minutes in the gym.
  • Tuesday - 45 Minutes in a Cardio/Boxing class.
  • Wednesday - 45 Minutes in a Spinning class.
  • Thursday - 45 Minutes in the gym.
  • Friday - Day off.
  • Saturday - 45 Minute Boxercise class.
  • Sunday - 45 Minute Spinning class.

I only started this routine last week, so I am still quite tired. Before I would go on a Tuesday, Wednesday and a Saturday, so I have doubled my efforts and am feeling happier for it. I've been going through personal issues lately, I am much better now and I think it's because of the gym. My doctor told me to go someplace that makes me happy, so I did just that.

I have been going to the gym since the summer, I have changed a lot since then and I think at last I am starting to notice a difference. I'm not like some body builder with huge guns and a six pac, but they are still things I have noticed. For example I no longer get out of breath so easily, before I started going to the gym a long flight of stairs would make me worn out, no longer. I can run for longer periods of time, a year ago I started to take up jogging, I couldn't make it to the bottom of my street without keeling over and dying. Now I am able to jog top the bottom of the high street and back again without even stopping. Without sounding like a braggart I think the muscles in my arms are slightly bigger too, sadly no six pac of any kind but hey, soon!

To help me stay fit and healthy I have started to be more careful about what I eat, I try and have an apple a day and make myself a sandwhich for lunch instead of a burger or a pizza. May not sound like much, but small steps. I also went and bought myself a whole new set of gym attire to make myself feel better, I don't want to sound like a sell out but i bought everything from Slazenger, everything was dirt cheap but looks really cool and is comfortable. I bought shorts, vest tops, socks, trainers and other equipment. I also got myself an iPod Shuffle for use in the gym, running in the gym with an iPhone is not that great and honestly phones are not allowed in the gym.

The iPod Shuffle by the way is great, I had the old iPod Shuffle when I was at school, it was a affordable MP3 player that was both fashionable and hard as nails. I managed to get myself the red one which is limited edition, I wanted red because my gym trainers are red...(Am I a bad person?). Yes so the gym is still going strong, nothing really new to report otherwise, I will do another one of these later on to let you know my progress.

Seya Real Soon!

#1 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Dear duders.

The gym has been packed this past month, as I expected of course but shit its like 3 times the amount of people here now. Before Christmas it was pretty much dead, classes I took had just a few of us there and the gym itself was very quiet. I went to my classes though but didn't go to the gym as much as I would have liked. My new years revolution was to go to the gym more often and be a healthier person, so thats exactly what I have been doing, here is my current routine.

  • Monday - 45 Minutes in the gym.
  • Tuesday - 45 Minutes in a Cardio/Boxing class.
  • Wednesday - 45 Minutes in a Spinning class.
  • Thursday - 45 Minutes in the gym.
  • Friday - Day off.
  • Saturday - 45 Minute Boxercise class.
  • Sunday - 45 Minute Spinning class.

I only started this routine last week, so I am still quite tired. Before I would go on a Tuesday, Wednesday and a Saturday, so I have doubled my efforts and am feeling happier for it. I've been going through personal issues lately, I am much better now and I think it's because of the gym. My doctor told me to go someplace that makes me happy, so I did just that.

I have been going to the gym since the summer, I have changed a lot since then and I think at last I am starting to notice a difference. I'm not like some body builder with huge guns and a six pac, but they are still things I have noticed. For example I no longer get out of breath so easily, before I started going to the gym a long flight of stairs would make me worn out, no longer. I can run for longer periods of time, a year ago I started to take up jogging, I couldn't make it to the bottom of my street without keeling over and dying. Now I am able to jog top the bottom of the high street and back again without even stopping. Without sounding like a braggart I think the muscles in my arms are slightly bigger too, sadly no six pac of any kind but hey, soon!

To help me stay fit and healthy I have started to be more careful about what I eat, I try and have an apple a day and make myself a sandwhich for lunch instead of a burger or a pizza. May not sound like much, but small steps. I also went and bought myself a whole new set of gym attire to make myself feel better, I don't want to sound like a sell out but i bought everything from Slazenger, everything was dirt cheap but looks really cool and is comfortable. I bought shorts, vest tops, socks, trainers and other equipment. I also got myself an iPod Shuffle for use in the gym, running in the gym with an iPhone is not that great and honestly phones are not allowed in the gym.

The iPod Shuffle by the way is great, I had the old iPod Shuffle when I was at school, it was a affordable MP3 player that was both fashionable and hard as nails. I managed to get myself the red one which is limited edition, I wanted red because my gym trainers are red...(Am I a bad person?). Yes so the gym is still going strong, nothing really new to report otherwise, I will do another one of these later on to let you know my progress.

Seya Real Soon!

#2 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1632 posts) -

Man, Boxercise?! That sounds silly, yet at the same time intriguing. I can't help but think of a jazzercise boxing mixture where you punch each other to the sounds of Miles Davis. Is that what it's like?

#3 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

Good stuff mate, keep up the hard work and it'll pay off!

#4 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

@EarlessShrimp: A mixture of boxing and cardio, it's my favourite class.

#5 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

45 minutes might not sound like a lot, but man, spinning class is rough!

Keep it up duder, glad you're back on your feet.

#6 Edited by Hizang (8533 posts) -

@Canteu: 45 Minutes is the recommended amount of time, do much more and you risk overworking. And yes Spinning is rough!

#7 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

@Hizang: Yeah I know, I just think if I tried 45 minutes of any of those right now, I would fall over and die.

#8 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Yes, more people in the gym at the beginning of the year. Gets to be a pain in the ass real quick, it's so crowded. But the thinning out has already started with February coming in.

#9 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

#10 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

@Tireyo643 said:

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

I'm pretty sure you could eat a lot and go to the gym.

#11 Posted by mellotronrules (1172 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tireyo643 said:

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

I'm pretty sure you could eat a lot and go to the gym.

totes- from a health and energy perspective, the more you go to the gym, the more you can justify eating.

#12 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

@mellotronrules said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tireyo643 said:

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

I'm pretty sure you could eat a lot and go to the gym.

totes- from a health and energy perspective, the more you go to the gym, the more you can justify eating.

I don't like going out in public, so how do I deal with that?

#13 Posted by Phr4nk0 (349 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Canteu: 45 Minutes is the recommended amount of time, do much more and you risk overworking. And yes Spinning is rough!

This is not true, the whole "45 minutes anymore and you risk over training/going catabolic" is over-hyped nonsense pushed by people who got most of their info from workout magazines and bad personal trainers. Strength Athletes, bodybuilders, marathon runners, football players, fighters, anyone doing any exercise for a reason other than fun do sessions of 2 hours or more sometimes twice a day. Everyone's level for over training is different and if you're in any kind of shape (which it seems you are) you can go for much longer than 45 mins. I don't want to see you limiting yourself and slowing down your progress just because you heard some misinformation.

Also if you are serious about the gym for putting on some muscle (I dunno about your goals, maybe you're going mostly for the cardio) I would try to slot another gym session in there somewhere. Your worked muscles protein synthesis levels elevate for up to 48 hours post workout, which means for 2 days after you're finished your muscles are sucking in protein to repair and grow at an elevated rate. You've got your gym sessions spaced 3 and 4 days apart which means there's a couple days going unused and you are not getting absolute maximum results. Again I don't know your goals, so if you're not into putting on any muscle then this may not be such a worry for you.

#14 Edited by Coombs (3449 posts) -

@Tireyo643 said:

@mellotronrules said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tireyo643 said:

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

I'm pretty sure you could eat a lot and go to the gym.

totes- from a health and energy perspective, the more you go to the gym, the more you can justify eating.

I don't like going out in public, so how do I deal with that?

Alcohol and lots of it, You'll be the sexiest guy there

#15 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -
@Phr4nk0 Well it's not just that I think 45 minutes is good enough, it's also a time factor. Plus 45 times 6 is a lot in a week, so I'm happy with that.
#16 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

@Coombs said:

@Tireyo643 said:

@mellotronrules said:

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Tireyo643 said:

I like eating too much, so the gym isn't an option for me.

I'm pretty sure you could eat a lot and go to the gym.

totes- from a health and energy perspective, the more you go to the gym, the more you can justify eating.

I don't like going out in public, so how do I deal with that?

Alcohol and lots of it, You'll be the sexiest guy there

You're not helping Space Moose. =-P

#17 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

@Tireyo643: Holy crap

You're the first person to recognize that lol

#18 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4585 posts) -

Pics.

Update pics every fortnight.

We need them. For... research.

#19 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

@Coombs said:

@Tireyo643: Holy crap

You're the first person to recognize that lol

Well, Space Moose was a pretty funny and very crude comic, and it was hard to forget. =-P

#20 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

good job. i've been working out for like 4 years now. it feels great. don't know what your body type is, but once you start getting muscle, then it's time to start bulking eating, drinking a lot. 45 minutes is a good amount of time.

#21 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1526 posts) -

Keep up the good work. Change comes only with sacrifice.

#22 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

@Tireyo643:

#23 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

@Coombs said:

@Tireyo643:

You just had to do that, didn't you? =-P