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Updated on Wednesday, March 19

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QUESTION: Any tips for a first time gym goer? I want get off my ass and start losing weight. I'm thinking I would do mostly cardio at the start. Which gym on campus is better? What should I bring? etc.

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  1. Go to CIF and bring gym clothes?

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    1. No don't go to CIF... its the good one and I want it all to myself dangit

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  2. CIF is better for beginners. Bring gym clothes and non gym clothes so you can change. I also bring shampoo and flipflops and stuff so I can shower after.

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    1. ^ Where do you keep your stuff while working out? Is there lockers and how can I use them?

      Thanks.

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    2. There are lockers, although providing padlocks is up to you

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    3. There are only a very few amount of day-use lockers available at CIF.

      Most of the lockers are reserved and I'm pretty sure they are all already booked this late into the term, but ask front desk.
      I think it was $25 a term for a locker and you get free towel service included

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  3. I don't workout on campus but as for training, cardio is a good start. I'd suggest the treadmill since I find the elliptical has no real world application, and after months on it I still found it hard to run on a track. It's okay to alternate between higher intensity and lower intensity (i.e. jog for 5 minutes, speed walk for 2.5 minutes) since you're first starting out and need to build stamina. I'd suggest a bit of strength/resistance training after your cardio; you'll be burning fat with the cardio and building muscle afterwards.

    Please don't be discouraged that you're too out of shape and people will stare at you (as is common for first-timers) because people are focused on their own routines.

    Bring a change of workout clothes (a sports bra if you're a girl) and some good running shoes, soap, shampoo, any makeup you'll want, deodorant, lotion, a towel. If you want to shower then flip flops, like 2 mentioned, are good. I bring a shower cap because I don't like washing my hair multiple times a day. Also, at my gym they provide lockers and you bring your own lock, not sure how it works on campus.

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    1. I don't mean to sound like a super bitch but if you're female please note that 3 mentioned bringing makeup, please do this. If you wear makeup to the gym I will judge you. I promise.

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    2. @3.a, I'm sure 3 meant make up to put on *after* gymming.

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    3. 3 OBVIOUSLY meant after the gym

      And who are you to judge when people wear makeup to the gym? I usually go after I spend all day on campus and don't take off my make up before I work out
      Focus on yourself

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    4. 3a here, I acknowledge that's what 3 said. I was agreeing with their post to say to bring your make up not wear it.

      I dont need permission to judge people. I'll do it whenever I want. I'm sure people judge me too and I don't care.

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    5. OP here, I'm just starting on the treadmill and I find I alternate a lot (I'm pretty out of shape). Also, I'm a guy, so I'm not too worried about makeup lol. Thanks for the tips though!

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    6. @3d then I'm sure you're a great person and someone who the general population would want to hang out with all the time with that attitude

      Grow up and get out of that "haters gonna hate" high school mentality and learn to accept people the way they are.

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  4. I second 2, CIF is better for beginners. Lots of windows and light, which is a lot more encouraging than the windowless-PAC. It's a good place to start and get used to equipment. Find a friend who's been to CIF and can show you the ropes, or talk to one of the trainers there.

    One of my best pointers is do NOT work out until you're tired. When I say tired, I mean a deep, muscular tired that doesn't go away a few minutes after taking a break. Being tired while you're running, say, is fine, but I would recommend that you step off the treadmill, and see how long it takes before the tiredness goes away. For myself, I know that if I get the "deep" sort of tired at the gym, my muscles will be incredibly sore the day after. Right after your first time at the gym, it can be very discouraging! Take it easy your first time out. If you don't feel tired/sore the day after, go a bit harder the next time. Don't overshoot your limits on the first day and make working out a bad experience.

    Bring clothes that you can move comfortably in, and shoes that fit well. Shoes must be indoor-only shoes to keep the gym floors and mats clean. Also, bring a change of socks with your street clothes. It feels great to have fresh socks - trust me! Don't forget your water bottle to stay hydrated. I find that everything feels easier when I drink a good amount of water before, during, and after.

    To see results, don't give up. It takes a while for your body to show the products of your hard work. Make time for the gym, and the hardest part is often just getting there. There are days when I just want to skip, but for me, if I get myself to the gym, it seems really pointless to turn around and leave, so I change and start working out. Then the feel-good hormones kick in and suddenly it's not as bad as I thought it would be. Remember that losing weight isn't just due to exercise, diet is a huge portion of it as well! I know we're all broke students, but try to be mindful of what you're eating. I don't mean eat less than what your body needs, I mean eat healthier, and there's a huge difference.

    Lastly, props to you for deciding that going to the gym is something you want to do. I wish you best of luck and hope that you will come to enjoy it! :)

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    1. OP here. Thanks for your detailed answer.. I just started at CIF and I like all the windows there. It's also not so busy because it's so far into the term :) - I kinda hate crowds so this is great.

      I'm also starting to eat healthier and cut back on snacks (my biggest problem). Just 3 meals a day and only healthy snacks like fruit.

      I'm off to a slow start, but going to the gym in the morning definitely helps me start my day off earlier and I can get more done. Thanks for the tips and encouragement.

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  5. Fuck cardio, lift weights.

    http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5x5-beginner-strength-training-program/

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  6. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0WxyKGD7sU Broscience should be required training before going to a gym

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  7. Strength training is far superior to cardio for overall health.

    That being said, there is nothing wrong with cardio, but at some point you should switch over.

    Also results take some time so be patient. It will come.

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    1. But if you're looking to lose weight, then of course cardio.

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    2. 7a if you're looking to lose weight all you have to do is eat less and move more. doesn't matter what you do. strength training actually burns more calories than cardio but whatever gets you motivated is what will work.

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  8. If you're male, fuck what everyone else said and read this: http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-3rd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp/0982522738

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    1. Seriously. Read this and you won't be just another gym faggot.

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    2. Agreed. SS is great.

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    3. For females too :)

      -A woman who is learning to lift

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  9. Dunno if you're male or female but as a CIF-goer, there's literally 3 or so lockers in the women's changeroom that AREN'T booked for the whole term. So get there early if you expect to get a locker. I just bring gym clothes and gym shoes, nothing else (except other random crap that I might be lugging around for class).

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