3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Fitness > Exercise!

Exercise! Love it or hate it, let's motivate each other to just DO IT!

Thread Tools
Old 02-19-2007, 07:52 AM   #1
I will do it
newthinkin's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Maineville, Oh
Posts: 5

S/C/G: 300/300/155

Height: 5'7''

Default Please tell me

I'm just starting to workout at the gym and wanted to know what are the best workout equipment to use. I workout at the YMCA and the people (workers) are so busy to really get them to show me what to do. I use the treadmil there and one of the stair climbers. Anything else for good weightloss? They also have weight equipment.
Short Term Goal: 5-10 lbs a month

Long Term Goal: 155lbs by 4/16/2010
newthinkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2007, 12:00 PM   #2
Senior Member
baffled111's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,986

S/C/G: 209/209/160

Height: 5'9


I'm not a fitness professional, so I can't really give you much particular advice: you do need to work with weights as well as doing cardio. I personally like the elliptical runners more than the treadmills, but I think it's mostly a matter of personal preference. I think ideally you should be doing an hour of cardio 5 days a week (this might be something you work up to) and lifting weights 3 days a week.

What I do want to say is that you need to be more assertive with the staff at your Y and get them to actually help you, and properly. They might be busy, but introducing people to the equipment and to a workout routine is their job. I suggest making an appointment to work with a personal trainer--my Y offers this as a free service when you join up. If yours doesn't, you can still pester them until someone gives you a half hour of their time and shows you how to lift weights and use the machines properly. We don't want you to get discouraged and give up exercising, and if you're wandering aimlessly around the gym, unsure what to do, you're going to get discouraged, or you are going to get hurt. Don't be afraid to be assertive!!!
baffled111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2007, 12:08 PM   #3
3 teens+4yr twins=pudge:(
AliCatx5's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 1

S/C/G: 176/164/132

Height: 5'6"


I had never used the elliptical machine before, and when I went with my friend, she got me to try it, and it really gets the buns!
She told me it is even better workout than treadmill...not sure if she's right or not, but it felt like less work & more payoff to me!
Maybe someone more professional can give you the complete low-down, but I would at least give it a try...I liked it!
I can do this!

Legs, I want Legs!

AliCatx5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2007, 12:17 PM   #4
prepare for the BEST time
marbleflys's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 1,623


For safety reasons alone, one of the trainers at the Y should walk you through the equipment use....

There are 2 Dummies books that are very informative...Weight Lifting for Dummies and Fitness for Dummies. They give extensive information and answer many questions you may have. Also a good reference guide to keep.

Personally, I like both elliptical and treadmill at a 4-5% incline. good luck!
marbleflys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2007, 03:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
Sheila53's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Idaho
Posts: 4,732

S/C/G: 261/158/below 160

Height: 5'8" (Dang, I shrank an inch!)


Have you tried making an appointment for an orientation? If there's a front desk, you might start there by asking if any of the staff does orientations. That's what I did when I joined a Y. I'm betting they'd want to give you a proper orientation to the equipment so that you avoid injury.

The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love and something to hope for - A. K. Chalmers.
Sheila53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
Ilene the Bean
Ilene's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 11,538

S/C/G: 165/149/140

Height: 5'3"


Definitely get an orientation session...
There are several sites that are very helpful:
You can start on this page at this site:

Hope this helps, have fun
I l e n e
Falling down is not failure....Failure is staying down.

Ilene is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:40 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2