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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    You can even do excercises from home if you cant handle the commitment of a gym. This is what i do and with the internet is way easier to commit to aerobics bc they have classes on youtube.

    ive lost a lot of weight with a lot of excercise vlogs so try it out! youre getting the same results for basically nothing and theyre pretty fun.

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    If you're not after weights then you don't really need a gym.

    I live in the country too, and footpaths and bridleways are always good for running and cycling. Doing stuff in the morning rather than the evening would solve the dark issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorLowe View Post
    I find it bizarre how much some gym's charge these days! I pay £16 per month on a 12 month contract (unable to cancel).
    Damn, that's half the price of mine and mines pretty cheap compared to most places.

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    I pay£10.99 and can cancel anytime. Enjoy the gym I train at as well except for the trash music they play. So that's replaced by my iPod with loads of ac/dc
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles2k View Post
    If you're not after weights then you don't really need a gym.

    I live in the country too, and footpaths and bridleways are always good for running and cycling. Doing stuff in the morning rather than the evening would solve the dark issue.



    Damn, that's half the price of mine and mines pretty cheap compared to most places.
    i pay £45!

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    Take a pillow and punch it like there's no tomorrow.

    No, seriously!

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    For me the gym works much better as once I'm through the doors my motivation is there.

    Gym & swim anytime (well within opening hours) yearly £256.50 so £21.38 which I can live with.

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    have a look for gyms by organisations like GLL (now "Better") and similar "co-op" organisations that run gyms for local authorities and for the benefits of the local area. They usually have far more attractive and flexible rates available. Eg £5 a pop (no contract) gym visits to the one near me. www.better.org.uk

    (I was looking up just last w/e as I am getting out of shape and need to sort it out. The streets round here are just about lit, but frequented by da yoof and der dealers, not to mention crazy lady with her fighting dog on a string. It's kinda dampened my late-night running regime.)

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    This particular gym's monthly cost is 12.99 with 15.00 sign up fee. Remember these prices are for the gym located in my area, it maybe different in your area.

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    I'm thinking about buying a treadmill soon. Any recommendations for a good cheap one which has an auto incline built in?

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    The best strategy is finding a sport or activity you enjoy that will get your heart rate up and you can do a few times a week. I like powerlifting and walking, but you may enjoy walking, 5 a side football, swimming, anything really. If you are not interested in the gym then it will be a waste of money as you'll never stick at it. The key is to adjust your lifestyle and for that to work you need to find activities you enjoy.

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    I used to go to the gym when I got it as part of my health insurance. Wouldn't pay for it these days. Too expensive and mostly run by people who are in it for the profit and not to make people fit. Even worse that people sign up for contracts then stop going after a few weeks/month. Better to do something without a commitment such as swimming, cycling, walking/running. Or build a home gym to remove the friction of having to travel somewhere to exercise (assuming you have some space).

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    I used to be part of a gym, but found I didn't go enough as I couldn't be arsed.
    I have a mat in my room, I do sit ups, push ups and leg ups there. Keeps the kids entertained until I'm breathless.
    I had dumbells but eventually couldn't be arsed with them either so they're in the loft.
    I do like to go for for long walks at times, but now is not the season for it, else a couple of miles walk on an evening is quite relaxing.

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    I would have a look around first at other gyms, maybe just see if you could pay for a single session to see what that gyms like?

    Also think about what you might want from a gym, just a simple basic weights/treadmill gym, one with lots of classes or one with a spa/pool etc

    Once you've seen a few gyms then you might get an idea of what will suit you and which one you like the most?

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    Well it's over a year since I started this post and have become hooked. I go five times a week, generally running on the treadmills. I warm up, 15mins on a bike 7.5km, and then run 5km (or 10Km if I have the time). I am gradually increasing the speed. Occasionally do a fast (for me) 2K row which usually sees me crawling off teh machine. I always wear a heart rate monitor and keep it within 80 -85 % of my limit. I may do some weights and core exercises if I have a need, such as the month before going skiing. I am currently recovering from a shoulder dislocation so am doing physio excersices. otherwise I dont touch weights. Only downside at the meoment is that it is stupidly busy with all the New Year Resolution bunch.....but it should quieten down over the next month. I have not signed up for any of the classes or groups, as I have found that I am very "driven". I constantly set myself acheivable goals and do my damndest to meet them (only failed twice in a year). As an example on Saturday set my PB for "10K whilst hungover"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clingy View Post
    Only downside at the meoment is that it is stupidly busy with all the New Year Resolution bunch.....but it should quieten down over the next month.
    I've been member at my gym for nearly two years now and at times last month it was impossible to work out as there was no free equipment!!

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    Re: To Gym or not to Gym

    try using http://searchgym.co.uk as they sell passes to gyms... saves you money rather than signing contracts

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