Welcome to anytime fitness. I'm getting back into the routine of working out myself. Right now I do 30 minutes on the upright bike and 30 minutes on the treadmill then I throw in a couple of sets of weight training. Usually arms, shoulders, and abs. Just need to stay on track this time and work on what I eat as well. I like it too, don't feel like everybody is staring at me.
Working with a trainer gives you great results. My routine is twice weekly with a trainer lifting weights and the rest of the week rotating my cardio on the elliptical, the treadmill and the Jacobs Ladder.
I have found that on days that I dont have that "burst" for the elliptical or the running on the treadmill, I can put the treadmill on a steep incline (15.0) and set the speed to a brisk walk (4.6MPH) and by basically walking fast uphill I can burn a decent amount of calories in 30-40 minutes.
Jeff-- I love my incline trainer-- it goes to 30%, and with intervals of 15-25-20-30% at 1 minute, it really toasts the calories and you truly feel like you did something!
I like the elliptical, but I feel I get a much better workout at 25-30% incline. Once I start breathing again.
Welcome to AF!!! Make sure to get your free consult with a trainer soon... He'll run you through the machines and show you how to combine them to get a great resistance workout. Muscle burns more fat, so the more you combine strength training with cardio, the better results you'll get with your weight loss!