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does anyone else hate going to the gym? beginner...

JessicaK0826 member since Apr '12

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Hey everyone!

So yesterday, the Loves Park, IL gym had a little get together of sorts with some trainers about the book "Working Out Sucks and Why it Doesn't Have To" and some just motivational stuff, advice and health information. Some of the questions posed to the participants were "How often are you at the gym?" 5 - 6 times a week was the average answer. "How often are you doing cardio?" 5-6 times a week again was the general answer. "Are you guys really liking going to the gym?" Enthusiastically everyone was nodding their heads like "oh yes!!" My answers were, my goal to get to the gym three times a week as I said I'm a beginninger and I'm not going to workout five days a week sore right now. Cardio? I do do every time I'm at the gym. And of course finally do I like going to the gym? HELL NO. I love my trainer, even though I've wanted to vomit at some time during our workouts, and he makes it fun. But on my own? For example, he pretty much made me want to vomit on Saturday, but I went today and I'm still sore. Did I want to go, not a single bone in my body wanted to go. Am I the ONLY one? Or was it more or less the people in the group weren't being honest with themselves? If I want to change I'm going to have to do things I don't want to do. And especially if I'm sore I DO NOT want to be at the gym. Is this normal for beginners? I'm not proud that I only go to the gym 3 days a week but you know what that's good for me. What do you guys think??



posted : 4/23/2012 at 4:19 PM

Vicki Bowland member since Jun'10

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You should be proud you go 3 days a week. That's a whole lot more than before, right?

And yea, sometimes, when you start, it is dragging yourself in the door and the negotiating "I'll do 15 minutes. I can do 5 more. I can do 5 more. I can do 5 more."

That's okay. You are going. You are bettering your body, mind and spirit.

Were they all lying? Probably not. See, for many, it becomes an addiction. Something you need like air, water and sleep. And some folks sub working out for over-eating. And they crave it, like a brownie or a cigarette. (There are worse things to be addicted to.)

You are starting out. Track your food, eat better, move more. You'll reach your goals.Happy

posted : 4/23/2012 at 4:46 PM

DeaVea member since May'11

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If it makes you feel better, I'd estimate that 90% of the people that go to the gym 5-6 times a week are probably not doing an effective workout. You're doing it right.

posted : 4/23/2012 at 5:53 PM

member since Oct'11


So long as your 3 days are effective workouts and not just hanging around wasting time, then I see no problem with it. There are times I will go 5-6-7 days in a row but then I take a day or 2 off. Typically I am at the gym 19-22 days per month and that's enough for me. I actually do enjoy it, love lifting weights and seeing the progress I have made over the past 2 years. That fuels me even more and makes me want to hit the gym to keep up with the improvements.

posted : 4/23/2012 at 7:30 PM

Juliana Harris member since Dec'11

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I go 6 days a week. I make myself go on 3 out of 6 of those days. I go that many days because I used to be a quitter and I wanted to change that and I want it to become a habit. Some days I go and if I got a grade on my workout most days I would get an A but I would be lying if I said that I never got a low grade. I've walked out the door on a few occasions with a C minus, maybe even once I think I got a high D. So, do I 'like' going? No, not really. Do I like what going has and is doing for me? Damn skippy! But hey! That's just me. Maybe one day I would be able to honestly answer all those question yes. Never say never. You gotta do what's right for you and 3 days a week sounds good. Like they say, the hard part is getting there.

posted : 4/23/2012 at 7:35 PM

ckmcg112 member since Aug'11

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Congratulations on getting there 3 times a week! I only get to the gym twice a week, and that's with a trainer waiting for me. I hope you stop beating yourself up by comparing yourself to others......even though it's human nature. All of us have different stuff on the plate. I am 52, and have a physically demanding job. What's too little, just right, or pushing too hard is different for me than anyone else. I try to be better this week than last, and to keep my eye on the prize......better quality of life and pride in the effort and improved health. I like going to the gym, but much more on the way out than on the way in!

posted : 4/24/2012 at 7:02 AM

member since Apr'12


I know it's hard to make it to the gym. It is for me too, but....I workout out at home, around my neighborhood, using workout DVDs, and even sports. Things like that I do 5-6 times a week and maybe gym 1-2 a week with atleast a day of rest. I don't love the thought of making time to exercise, but I've learned to not think about it and just do it. I made it part of my routine in the morning and after work. I wake up and throw on my exercise clothes and go. When I come home I do the same, change and go. It's like muscle memory, I don't even have to think about it anymore. But basically just because you don't go to the gym all the time, doesn't mean you can't continue doing exercise outside of the gym. Alternate what you do for exercise and maybe you'd feel different.

posted : 4/24/2012 at 8:51 AM

HealthylivingbyLisa member since May'11

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At first I didn't like going either. But now I love going! I go about 23 times a month. It makes me feel energetic. 2 years ago I lost 45 pounds and I don't want to ever get it back!!! So that keeps me motivated to keep going! I started out with going 3 times a week, now it's almost every day after work. I usually take sundays off. Good job on getting there 3 times a week.

posted : 4/24/2012 at 9:08 PM

Vee W member since Sep'11

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Hi Jess--

You're not weird---well, at least as far as how you feel as a beginner. Three times a week is fine, and more than most people. I'd bet that most of the regulars at all of our gyms go 1-3 times a week, but the people who show up for events are the ones who go more often--and love working out.

It sounds like you're working harder at the beginning than most of us did. I think alot of people start out slowly, get used to it, then decide how much time they want to spend in the gym. Sounds like you're not messing around straight out of the gate--rock on!!

I've always been active, then had a few pretty sedentary years. It was just a few, but I packed on some weight. Went back to the gym and see a trainer twice a week. I was so sore at first I considered quitting--and I'm no newbie. Stuck with it, and drastically increased my water intake/decreased my sugar intake, and after a few weeks I was rarely more than a little sore after workouts.

I'm still increasing my weights every week, and get tight if I don't stretch, but that terrible feeling is gone. The few workouts I've felt kinda pukey in the middle of have been ones after a day of not eating right. My trainer has me eat/drink some protein right after each workout. That may help, too.

So stick with it while your body adjusts, let your trainer know how you're feeling, and things will fall into place.

posted : 4/25/2012 at 9:44 AM

dug99 member since Apr'12

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The more you work out the easier it will be. Its not fun to go when your still sore from a hard workout, but as your condition improves you will be less sore after workouts and it will be easier to go. I was like you in the beginning and I actually do look forward to going now. I am going 6 days a week. Sometimes 7 and I enjoy going. Not in the beginning. I also found it was easier for me when I changed my workout time. I was going after work and it was much harder than now when I go before work. Dont give up. You will be seeing progress soon. I am about 3 months into my membership and I am thinking I need to get 1 size smaller pants. Now I am even more modivated.

posted : 4/25/2012 at 9:51 AM

JessicaK0826 member since Apr'12

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Thank you everyone SO MUCH!!! You guys really are helping, and the advice is great. I actually talked to a couple of the trainers who were there and I asked flat out, and even they said, probably only 50% of the people who raised their hands actually do go the 5 or 6 times a week. That also helps. I'm working on it. I figure, anything worth getting is worth working for. It also helps me to concentrate on the small stuff, with an ultimate goal, but small victories on the way keep my head in the game... does that make sense? And thank you again EVERYONE!!! Everyone is so supportive and it really really helps!! Thank you!!!


posted : 4/25/2012 at 8:07 PM

BeachinIt member since Jan'12

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Don't worry about how often others go to the gym, just worry about you! Keep going like you are now; in time, you may feel like adding a day or two.

I actually love going to the gym and look forward to it every day. I go Mon to Fri during my lunch hour from work. I recommend using a trainer, even if only for once a week.

posted : 4/26/2012 at 4:33 PM

Mick Magnuson member since Nov'11

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Hey Jess! If 3 days works for you, then 3 days it is! I go to the Beloit AF and I am one of the 5-6 day guys. But believe me after working all day there are many days I feel like driving right by the gym and going home. But after losing 25 lbs and getting into a routine it's sort of become a habit now. I left my key at the gym last Friday and was actually peeved I couldn't hit the gym over the weekend. 6 months ago I would have been thrilled to have a reason not to go! Stick with what you are comfortable with now - and what works for you.

posted : 4/26/2012 at 10:01 PM

member since Apr'12


I am a beginner too, but I am horrible at going! I love being there once I am there, its getting there. I have the hardest time making myself go, but once I am there, I could stay for hours. I wish I were going three days a week. I think for a beginner whose favorite pastime may not be working out... that is an accomplishment!Happy

posted : 4/28/2012 at 9:35 PM

Cristy Jackson member since Mar'12

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I've been going now for a little over a month. I go 4 days a week. I guess you would call me one of the addicted ones. Once I started going, I was hooked. I love working out. I take the weekends off and I look forward to going back to the gym. I can't wait to go. I also just added JM 30 Day Shred to the mix. So I go to the gym then come home and do her workout. I've lost 10 lbs and 12" my first month. So I'm excited about going. Even thinking about bumping it up to 5 days a week now. I think the one thing that drives me to the gym everyday is the fact that before, I use to be depressed all the time. I was even on meds for it. When I started working out. The gym became my medication. I'm no longer depressed, I feel energized to do things now. And I'm no longer on meds(VIA my Doctor). I also just signed up with a pt for one day a week. I think you will get used to it and who knows maybe even get addicted like me. Wink Keep up the hard work you are putting in now. You can do it.

posted : 4/30/2012 at 12:29 PM

LaReine member since Apr'12

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I was so glad to read your post.

I am new, too. I actually really like going to the gym and go 5-6 times a week. I am being gentle with myself because I knew if I got really sore in the beginning, I would not go back.

Make it a habit and reward yourself for going.

Hang in there!

posted : 4/30/2012 at 10:05 PM

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