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August 18, 2011 2:26 AM
Hi peeps,

I've been going to the gym for 3 weeks now and I have to say I'm really enjoying it (I never thought I would say that) !!
What do you think is a reasonable amount of time to go? I've been going every other day and alternating between swimming, cardio and weights. I also want to start some classes as well.
I went last night and I did a fair amount of cardio, I was going to go to a class tonight (Body Combat) but my legs are quite achy so I think I need a night off, the trouble is I feel quite guilty about not going.
Is 4 times a week good do you think? I'm not an obsessive person, just curious as to what you all think.
August 18, 2011 2:32 AM
In case you become an obsessive person, take at least one day off a week. Otherwise, just take it slow and easy, while still pushing yourself, and you'll do better than you could imagine.
August 18, 2011 2:34 AM
I find it is best for me to go daily, but try to take one day off. That way it seems to 'stick' as a good habit, and it functions to reinforce and motivate my other good habits.

You need to go 3-4 times a week, really, to feel health benefits.
August 18, 2011 2:37 AM
When you're starting out, take two days a week off, but you might want to make them active rest - go for a brisk lunchtime walk, for instance.

Also, look at your goals. Your routine will keep you ticking over (and swimming is cardio too), but if you want to improve your strength, cardio endurance etc. make that your focus of three sessions a week, but don't drop the others to maintain all-round improvements.

If you ache today, why not make it your swimming day? There's always a way to keep going.

Good luck!
August 18, 2011 2:38 AM
As you are still new to the gym I would recommend a couple of days off a week.

It does depend on your workouts though, if you're mixing them up between resistance and cardio your body can recuperate between workouts.

Intensity is more important than frequency though so there's no point in going just so you can say you've been if you barely raise a sweat.

Listen to your body, over the next few months you will be able to increase workouts, don't rush as you'll get injured and then it's back to square one.

Good Luck
August 18, 2011 2:38 AM
Hi Shaz, I personally do one day on and one day off. But on my off days I still remain active (walking/cleaning/dancing around my living room). It's important to let your body recover but you shouldn't be completely static (or else you'll stiffen up).

I think your regime sounds pretty good at the moment. Maybe do a yoga class tonight instead of body combat?

Good luck!
August 18, 2011 2:38 AM
Good idea, I think I'll go swimming tonight. I love my swimming ;o)
August 18, 2011 2:41 AM

There's always a way to keep going.

Except when you hurt important stuff like your back. Rest then.
August 18, 2011 2:42 AM
i don't go to a gym,but workout at home i workout 6 days a week hard and on day 7 i have a "active" day off go for a long walk or something...
August 18, 2011 2:42 AM
You're smart. Keep listening to you body! The machines in the gym are designed to exercise just 1 muscle group at a time. It's not bad in the beginning if you're out of shape. As you advance, you need to change it up more & more to get the results you want. Swimming & aerobics classes can provide some variety of movement toward your goals. If you're experiencing soreness every time you're in the gym, you should give it a rest and skip a day. You don't want to develop an injury by overdoing. Once you overcome the soreness episodes, you can attempt to work out daily, but give it a break when soreness happens. There will be a time in which the gym doesn't get you the results that you want for weight loss.. What can I say? It happens!
Edited by MJStory On August 18, 2011 2:50 AM
August 18, 2011 2:55 AM
I tend to go 5 days a week, have one rest day and then one day I will go for a really big walk, just to get out of the Gym Environment and break it up a bit.

This week I have taken my rest day today, rather than Saturday, see if I can trick my body a bit smile
August 18, 2011 3:03 AM
I would love to go to the gym every day if only to keep me from raiding the fridge at home. However, with my advancing years and knackered knees I just can't physically do more than 3 days in a row. I have 2 rest days a week. Trouble is, the rest days are far from active rest days. They tend to be stop dead still and don't even breathe rest days so the next time I go its almost like starting again.
August 18, 2011 3:10 AM
I used to go 2 or 3 times a week, but now I don't go at all.

I get all my cardio from walking and running and resistance work from stuff I have at home and I do a lot of core strength and flexibility stuff via yoga/pilates like exercises. I'm going to start p90x in a couple of weeks - see how that goes.

I was never really much of a gym person, and now I'm nearly £100 (about US$165) a month better off, so happy.
August 18, 2011 3:15 AM
I start a Yoga class on the 8th September which is every Thursday so I think that will help with my strength. My shoulder and back are still weak after the surgery and I'm doing weight training to help with that. I think little and often is the way to go. I think by going every day I'll get bored and I do have an active social life. I just need to find whats good for me and work around that I think. I am varying my workouts so I'm using lots of different muscle groups. smile
August 18, 2011 3:27 AM
I just go whenever I am free. In holiday times (I'm a teacher) that can be every day but in term times it could be only 2-4 times a week. I feel much better when I can go every day

I'd definitely recommend trying that combat class, whether it's today or another day. All the Les Mills classes are great. I'd never keep going if I was doing solo cardio and weights all the time.
August 18, 2011 4:12 AM
There are loads of classes I want to try, but my working hours are a bummer. I work in London and most of the classes start at 6.00pm. I'm going to aim to do a class on a weekend, I fancy Body Balance, Body combat and Body pump. I want to do Zumba but the class timings are awkward at the moment, I shall persevere though !
August 18, 2011 4:13 AM

There are loads of classes I want to try, but my working hours are a bummer. I work in London and most of the classes start at 6.00pm.
Snap! And I have my long run at the weekend, so not much opportunity there!
August 18, 2011 4:18 AM
You seem like you are taking a varied fitness routine. Working in healing time for your surgery is a good idea. I think you are working toward a good balance of resting and working at varying levels. I know you will stick with it and reach any goal you set.
August 18, 2011 4:50 AM
Thanks hun, I've never been this dedicated before, but the surgery has made me appreciate my health and overall fitness. smile
August 18, 2011 4:59 AM
I go six times a week, because if I have a day off in between that day turns in to three or four off......I do make sure I am busy on my day off though, so it's an essential day off!
August 18, 2011 5:02 AM
i have been doing 4 days a week for almost a year. this includes 3 days using regular gym equipment and 1 day zumba. once in a while i also do pilates 1 day a week.

if i had the time, i would go 7 days a week but it is just not practical with my schedule. i did 7 days a week while i was a student and had more time on my hands.
August 18, 2011 1:17 PM


There are loads of classes I want to try, but my working hours are a bummer. I work in London and most of the classes start at 6.00pm.
Snap! And I have my long run at the weekend, so not much opportunity there!

Which gyms are you at? I go to Virgin Active and, I don't know about the London branches, but the one where I am has classes starting at all times of the day right up to 8pm.
July 26, 2014 10:49 PM
I recommend going to the gym everyday. Granted that you don't do the same activity everyday. There should be 3 days really intense and four days less or mild exercises.

I find leaving the gym for 2 days might encourage me to be lazy. Plus, if I go everyday, i won't gain more weight, even if I'm not losing, the gym is my second home.
Edited by faraworld On July 26, 2014 10:58 PM
July 27, 2014 4:13 AM
Bugger, sorry. Zombie thread...
Edited by MeanderingMammal On July 27, 2014 4:15 AM
August 17, 2014 5:49 AM
I am a right fatty lol but I started going to my gym last Monday I have every weekend off and it's my first weekend I haven't gone and I must admit I really miss it never thought I wud say that i quit my job due to mental health reasons but I get up at half 6 and get to my gym for seven I don't worry about how long I go on lots of things and count my calories I burn but after a week of alot of hard work I was gutted I not lost anything but weighed myself today and I have lost three pound so I Carnt wait to go in the morning

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