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Last Easter weekend, my wife took me to the gym with her on one of those "bring a friend for free" things. It was the first time I'd done any exercise more than a gentle bike ride (on a hired bike when on holiday, don't own one) or going for a walk probably since I stopped playing rugby when I left university (I'm now 36).

Didn't dare go on the treadmill that day. Built up the courage a couple of weeks later, and managed a shade over 5 minutes running at snail's pace.

This morning, came within 10 seconds of breaking a 30 minute 5k. Doing 10k tomorrow morning, which has been a weekly Sunday occurrence since mid-February. It may not be that amazing in the grand scheme of things, but I'm pretty chuffed with myself.

Edit: felt I should clarify that a) my runs now are pounding the pavements rather than on the treadmill, and b) best I can tell, I've not lost a pound of weight so I'm still a fat bastard, just a quicker one.

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Pavement.

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I'm getting bored of the gym. It's fine, I just get no positive feeling from it like others seem to. Plus no net benefit. I turned 40 last week so I need to find something. I'm in a "try anything" mood so I did a BodyCombat class last night. 

https://www.lesmills.com/uk/workouts/group-fitness/bodycombat/

Fuck me, it's intense. An hour of pretty much non stop punching and kicking. I held up OK due to a love of rhythm-action games but I am feeling it today.  I think I enjoyed it? But I'll try another couple of times to see how it goes. 

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I did my first ever class at the gym this morning. "Bootcamp" at 6:15am. Not a bit of me that doesn't currently hurt.

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@Onyx2 I'm a bodycombat instructor. I also teach bodypump and bodyattack. Les Mills work in quarters, so you're starting at the very start of a quarter with a new release - new music and choreography etc, so should mean for the next few weeks you'll be doing the same thing so you can get used to it, and then start to push yourself etc. The new bodycombat release is absolutely brutal. If you don't walk out of there trying to breathe out of your backside you're not doing it right!! If you've got any questions, just drop me a message

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Right, I’ve always been slim, and weighed around 10ish stone, but I’m getting a bit wobbly.

Ive been off work for a bit (quite physical job) and eating shit due to depression so have basically gone a bit CM Punk-skinny fat.

I don’t want to lose weight, I don’t want to add muscle, I just want to be toned, especially with my pecs.

Cant afford the gym at the moment so any exercises/reps you can recommend would be very welcome. 

Cheers

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David Lloyd clubs are doing a 16 quid for 2 weeks trial at the moment. Think the deal expires on the 14th (You can use the 2 weeks for a little longer). Would be a good intro to the gym for anyone looking to try it out. Comes in handy for me as there is one a few miles drive from my parents house an we're visiting for 3 weeks, all the other gyms are either 8-10 miles away of 40-50 quid a month, being home 3 weeks it means I can skip only 1 week and save a shit load of cash. 

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I used the mini bands before, they're good for toning up and losing a bit of weight. Plenty of videos on YouTube showing you 10-15 minute workouts. They're probably better as an accompanying workout than a sole fitness routine though. 

 

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Been a while coming but hit 8 stone lost last night. Funny looking back, the first stone I lost took 3 weeks. This last one has been 3 months!

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17 minutes ago, tiger_rick said:

Been a while coming but hit 8 stone lost last night. Funny looking back, the first stone I lost took 3 weeks. This last one has been 3 months!

Well done Rick, that's no mean feat. 

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Incredible Rick. Well done.

 

 

Do not go in the Chippy Tea thread. 

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On 9 April 2019 at 1:16 PM, Onyx2 said:

I'm getting bored of the gym. It's fine, I just get no positive feeling from it like others seem to. Plus no net benefit. I turned 40 last week so I need to find something. I'm in a "try anything" mood so I did a BodyCombat class last night. 

https://www.lesmills.com/uk/workouts/group-fitness/bodycombat/

Fuck me, it's intense. An hour of pretty much non stop punching and kicking. I held up OK due to a love of rhythm-action games but I am feeling it today.  I think I enjoyed it? But I'll try another couple of times to see how it goes. 

If your gym does it, I would really recommend Les Mills BodyAttack. I prefered it to BodyCombat and seen better results, which I put down to enjoying the class more.  

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7 minutes ago, Abe_Knuckleball_Schwartz said:

If your gym does it, I would really recommend Les Mills BodyAttack. I prefered it to BodyCombat and seen better results, which I put down to enjoying the class more.  

I've been doing BodyCombat for 3 weeks and I do quite like it. I would do BodyAttack but they only do classes in the middle of the day which doesn't help me. What's the difference?

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4 hours ago, Onyx2 said:

I've been doing BodyCombat for 3 weeks and I do quite like it. I would do BodyAttack but they only do classes in the middle of the day which doesn't help me. What's the difference?

That is similar to my gym except the BodyCombat classes are in the middle of the day and the BodyAttack class is at a more convenient time for myself. 

There isnt a great deal of difference, not as far as I can tell (haven't done a BodyCombat class for about 12 months so they may have changed) you do a lot of smilar moves in BodyAttack but in my opinon there seems to be a bigger emphasis on dance like moves - but do not let that put you off as I have as much rhythm/movement as an arthritic Crab and I have no issues doing them. As a pervious poster said the tracks used in the classes are rotated every quarter or so and chances are after a while you will notice moves that were used in BodyCombat coming into BodyAttack and vice versa.

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