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Anyone else joined a gym with NO results? Why??

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shivari Thu 13-Mar-14 22:42:29

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peeveddoesntcoverit Fri 14-Mar-14 07:52:57

Is it your diet maybe? I found when I first started running I would subconsciously eat more during the day as I'd 'earned it'.

Or perhaps you're just toning up?Are you the same weight and measurements but just not as wobbly? grin

shivari Fri 14-Mar-14 09:16:17

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shivari Fri 14-Mar-14 11:00:40

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Trooperslane Fri 14-Mar-14 11:02:39

Um. Not sure. maybe because I didn't go wink

Trooperslane Fri 14-Mar-14 11:03:21

Sorry, not helpful.

Do they have a trainer you can talk to?

RedandChecker Fri 14-Mar-14 11:07:30

Hi Shivari. Cardio is good for fitness and burning far but you don't need to do more than twenty minutes as a warm up - go on to strength and do all excercise with weights. As a woman you do not have the testosterone levels to start bulking and look manly. By lifting weights you will be building muscle and burning fat, just by having more muscle your metabolic rate will go up and you will be burning fat throughout the day. Do not watch the scale when strength training as muscle weighs more than fat but measures smaller. Try and stay away from white carbs and gluten and ear metabolism boosting foods such as plain bio live yoghurt for breakfast. Fruit is OK, but try not to have too much as it is still sugar. Protein will help you to build muscle, tone up and burn fat - it doesn't have to be all in meat form - eggs and nakd bars are my main sources of protein at the moment - I drink warm water with lemon every morning to digest my foods easily throughout the day - also green tea is amazing for weight loss. Hope that helps

Rooble Fri 14-Mar-14 11:09:42

Are you being totally honest with yourself on MFP? I'm quite good at overestimating my portion sizes and therefore eating more than I think. Also at polishing off ends of bread, inhaling the occasional biscuit etc.....
Also, have you had any advice on how hard to push yourself? There are some beautifully made up women at my gym who can spend an hour or 90 minutes on a range of machines and at the end of that session have barely broken a sweat - so the activity is fairly pointless. A personal trainer for a few weeks can really push you and make a massive difference

RedandChecker Fri 14-Mar-14 11:12:52

Also to add to my post my fitness Pal is a great food logging diary so you are aware of exactly how much you are eating. You should be eating your weight times ten so if you are 140lbs you should eat no more than 1400
Calories a day and if you include excercise in your day you will be burning more calories than you are consuming = guaranteed weight loss. You do not want to be losing more than 2lb a week. 2lb a week is healthy anything more you are
Most likely losing muscle

Suzannewithaplan Fri 14-Mar-14 11:26:49

Are you stronger?
Has your cardiovascular efficiency improved?
if so then you have seen some changes.

Just keep at it, early days yet physical activity makes significant changes to metabolic processes but it can take a while for this to manifest as lower body fat.

Suzannewithaplan Fri 14-Mar-14 12:18:16

And how much fat do you have to lose? If already quite lean it can be difficult to get even leaner.

Muscle is almost twice as dense as fat so it's possible to lose fat, gain muscle and weigh the same.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Fri 14-Mar-14 13:23:32

As long as your diet is good then that alone should make you lose weight so if you haven't lost anything it will be down to diet.

I don't think twice a week since January is enough anyway to expect to look much different.

shivari Sat 15-Mar-14 07:05:02

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muser31 Sat 15-Mar-14 07:10:11

perhaps you arent eating enough? if you are eating 1600 and burning for example 400 at the gym you are surviving on 1200 a day which is nearly a starvation diet. your body needs food to ramp its metabolism up.

RedandChecker Sat 15-Mar-14 09:01:22

You need to be lifting the heaviest weights you can in order to burn the fat - start off small and when it becomes easier go up in weights - use weights when doing squats and lundges too. Don't work out on an empty stomach and eat a protein rich snack afterwards

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 15-Mar-14 09:26:10

Firstly, twice a week is not enough. You're barely doing enough to maintain your current fitness level. You should be going 5-7 days a week!

Lots of questions...

How old are you? What's your current height/weight? What's MFP?

Do you feel different/are the workouts getting easier now that it's been a couple of months? What exactly do you do? Did you have a personal trainer work out your routine or have you just made it up? Also, how hard are you working? E.g. when you do cardio, do you push yourself until you feel a bit sick and on the verge of a heart attack? ;)

LordEmsworth Sat 15-Mar-14 09:39:32

Two long-ish sessions per week is not enough. Adding in some shorter but more intense sessions would be better. And target your sessions - for example, one long, steady cardio; one strength (free weights, not machines); one short, intense cardio (intervals, hills, etc); one long steady cardio; one strength.

And, as others have said, weight/measurements are not the only measure of improvement.

What is your goal? Losing weight, or getting fitter (not the same thing...). Could you ask one of the gym staff for help? If you're at one of the big chains then that's something that's usually included (though in my experience they're not all great, there's usually one or two who are brilliant). If you're at a smaller independent gym, they may still be happy to help even if it's not an official part of the service.

TheAwfulDaughter Sat 15-Mar-14 09:45:29

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shivari Sat 15-Mar-14 09:48:04

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maillotjaune Sat 15-Mar-14 10:00:49

I'd love to be able to go 5-7 times a week but work and children make it impossible.

However - the last time I was a gym member (years ago, before children) I also though lots of CV exercise was the thing to do. Got fitter in terms of being able to cycle or swim longer / faster, but with very little change to weight.

This time (been going since start Dec) I was shown round by a PT who gave me a quick bit of advice on how to train (this was just the 15 minute welcome so free) and I do a 20 minute warm up (cross trainer, bike, treadmill or row usually 10 mins on 2 machines or I get bored) then 30-40 mins on weights machines and sit-ups at the end.

I noticed a difference after a month. I usually manage 3 times a week and am in there for about 75 minutes plus the occasional swim after if time. I can move bigger weights than when I started and I feel great.

I've yet to lose weight actually but I'm down a size in jeans and feel much more toned.

shivari Sat 15-Mar-14 10:25:33

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RedandChecker Sat 15-Mar-14 10:29:41

Ideally what you want to do is between 20-30
Mins cardio at low intensity for two minutes then completely push yourself for one minute to the best of yout ability keep doing this - it's the best cardio you can do also it makes it less boring and it means your less likely to ache the next day - Then spend the rest of your session weight training it is a myth that there is no point in weight training if there is fat - it is the best way to burn that fat! The best thing with weight training is you can do it at home for a one off cost of buying some weights and you could do an interval DVD To warm your muscles up. You don't even need the gym but it's whether you enjoy getting out of the house which I do! But you could keep going your 2 days then just do the rest at home.

shivari Sat 15-Mar-14 13:45:02

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shivari Sat 15-Mar-14 15:12:48

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Suzannewithaplan Sat 15-Mar-14 17:55:28

generally speaking it's best to use a weight that allows you to do 8-15 reps of whatever exercise/movement you are doing.

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