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    I joined a planet fitness gym a little over a month ago, and between work and home life, I've been finding it difficult to get there more than 2 times a week sometimes 3. Should I ditch the gym and just do home workouts?

  • #2
    It depends on what you enjoy tbh 2-3 gym sessions a week is not bad. If you enjoy the gym stick with it and add some home workouts. The important thing is not to resent your gym time.
    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
    PS
    Don't forget to play!

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    • #3
      No.

      When you go to the gym, do heavy barbell training. (there is really no substitute for heavy barbell squats and deadlifts).
      2x a week is plenty.

      Augment your barbell training with some bodyweight stuff for conditioning and hill sprints.

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      • #4
        Twice a week is fine actually, but Planet Fitness is known as the worst of all possible gyms. They discourage hard working out and have a 'no grunting' policy.
        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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        • #5
          lol a no grunting policy?
          well then

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          • #6
            Must be for women using plastic 2lbs yoga handweights then
            well then

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            • #7
              It's true, they have what they call a "no lunk policy". And honestly yes it sucks. I only signed up there because it was the closest gym i could find, and for right now I'm mainly just doing cardio and abs to try and lose weight. I figured once I drop some weight and can focus back on really lifting I'd switch to another gym or just workout at home. But the more I think about it, I can just as easily do cardio (without the machines) and abs at home anyway, so why pay monthly? I have an old barbell set in my basement buried under a bunch of boxes, so I gotta get that out and clean it up.

              Im male, 5'10", 245lbs, and most of my fat resides directly in my gut. My fiancee is the pregnant one, and I'm the one who looks it. I miss how I use to lift back in high school, when I use to be able to bench 250 and didnt pretty much weigh it. Back then I also always had someone to kick my ass and make me keep pushing myself, something I dont have now.

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              • #8
                Ditch the idea of doing abs and "cardio" to loose weight.

                For workouts, start a real strength training program (linear gains), do hill sprints, and walk.
                Eat a strict primal diet.

                The end.

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                • #9
                  other people have said it already, but... ab work - crunches and sit ups and twisties - are basically useless. cardio is okay but not even close to what it's cracked up to be. the gym should be about building muscle, and there are myriad ways to go about it, and twice a week is quite sufficient. you need to let your diet take care of the rest. diet makes you look good in clothes, gym makes you look good naked.
                  Last edited by jakey; 10-02-2012, 01:40 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                    Twice a week is fine actually, but Planet Fitness is known as the worst of all possible gyms. They discourage hard working out and have a 'no grunting' policy.
                    Lol... is this a common policy because my old gym had the same rule. I just started cracking up when I read it on the disclosure page. The guy said something like it made other gym members uncomfortable. I told him that I doubt I would care either way.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jakey View Post
                      diet makes you look good in clothes, gym makes you look good naked.
                      Nicely said.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jena View Post
                        Lol... is this a common policy because my old gym had the same rule. I just started cracking up when I read it on the disclosure page. The guy said something like it made other gym members uncomfortable. I told him that I doubt I would care either way.
                        I think it sort of is - although some franchises, like Powerhouse, don't seem to have these policies.

                        My old gym sort of had one, but we typically ignored it. I did get some rubberized plates for my dead lifts (I use the Pavel no-negative method). But I also used to do sprints with a sled, and the plates used to clang like the subway!

                        Mostly just staff would gripe about the noise - but not as if they were going to prohibit me. As my wife used to say to people who would complain about noise at the gym: "you know, it's not a library!"

                        One more thing about Planet F - I find it really funny/ironic that they now sponsor the Biggest Loser. If people did those kinds of workouts at a PF, they would get tossed!

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                        • #13
                          It depend on body. If your body want to relax then you should relax. after that it will make normal.

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                          • #14
                            Hated planet fitness. I go through cycles. In the spring and summer I love working out on trails and a good park. All you need are some heavy rocks, monkey bars, and platforms! Right now I'm in the gym a lot. Switched over to Globo- Gym (la fitness). I love it bc they have everything... I even sneak around and use some of their aerobic rooms for wall balls and drills.

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                            • #15
                              I have the same debate with myself, and am sticking with home workouts for now, to save $ and time. I'm not that strong so the body weight exercises are plenty for me for now. I do the "sprints" on a home rowing machine because I have knee issues and need low impact. But the comments here about diet alone ring true for my house. My 6'3" husband hasn't added any exercise to his schedule, which includes about 40 min of walking a day, but has gone from 275lb to 240lb in 4 months by ditching starches, grains, and sugar.

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