Do you remember?

Do you remember when you got the exercise bug?  If you haven’t had that moment, hopefully you will soon and you will never forget it. 

For me it was in March 1999 (I am going to date myself here) when I was a senior in college (Clemson University, Go Tigers!). I was in Myrtle Beach, SC and took Body Pump at Gold’s Gym. I had never really lifted weights before. After that class I hurt in places I never thought I would hurt, I seriously considered going to the doctor. That is how much I hurt!  I moved to Myrtle Beach after graduation and went to Gold’s regularly and got my desire to exercise.

Gold's Gym, Myrtle Beach, SC

Gold’s Gym, Myrtle Beach, SC

Let me give you some back ground on this gym. It is owned by Ted and Nancy Capp. Ted was Mr. South Carolina (Body Building) in 1978, what an inspiration! Nancy is a mother of 4 that works at the gym and works as a nurse and has an amazing body!  I admire their work ethic and how they run their gym. Everyone that walks into that gym no matter their size or shape are treated the same. They get to know all if their members and make you feel special.  Ted and Nancy are both trainers as well as group fitness instructors.

Ted & Nancy Capp

Ted & Nancy Capp

Fast forward to now, many years later. I am still in love with exercise and have taken it up several levels since then. I still think about those days and the impact Ted and Nancy had on me.  Hopefully you have been inspired by someone like I have.  If your time hasn’t come yet, it will and you will never forget the ones that gave you your first push!  Thanks Ted and Nancy for your inspiration!

I’m inside the gym… now what?

If you are new to exercising and working out, going into a gym can be really intimidating and scary.  There are machines everywhere and people doing their own thing.  How do you even attempt to get started on a program?  I’ll tell you what worked for me and hopefully some of the things I did can help you.

When I first started exercising I did group fitness classes.  This is probably the easiest thing for beginners to do to get their feet wet.  There are so many different choices, you can do a different class every day of the week and never repeat yourself!  My favorite class was Body Pump.  There are several spin offs but this is the class where you lift weights to music.  Each song is a different body part and you work your way through all the major muscle groups in an hour.  It was a great intro to weights because you learn exercises you can do in the weight room and you can practice good form since you use a lighter weight.  If you haven’t tried this type of class I highly recommend it!  I was also a big step class fan, I don’t think this is offered much anymore 😦

When I decided to start lifting weights and using the machines I decided to get some personal training sessions.  I definitely recommend this if you are new to the weight room.  I only got a handful of sessions (because of my budget but if you can afford a trainer on a regular basis that is a great way to go) and I asked the trainer to put me through 5 different workouts that would hit all my muscle groups.  I took notes on everything we did and when my sessions were over this is the workout I did for a couple of years (don’t stick with the same routine that long, change it up every month).  Another great resource I used was Oxygen Magazine.  This is by far my favorite magazine!  They have really good workouts every month (they also show home workouts and ones you can do when traveling).  They have great pictures and explanations on how to do the moves.  They also show different levels for beginners, intermediate and advanced people.  I have folders full of workouts I have pulled from this magazine.  Every month when it was time for a new workout I would pull out my folders and put a new plan together for the month.

No matter which route you decide to go, if you don’t know how to do a move ask for help!  Class instructors are there to help you.  If you are in the weight room and are not sure about an exercise you are doing, ask a personal trainer in your gym.  The last thing you want to do is injure yourself!