“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Find a gym type that suits YOU

One of the most frequently heard complaints when it comes to starting an exercise programme is that people say they don’t like going to the gym. And here’s the thing, I totally get that. I don’t like going to ‘the gym’ either. But I feel like when a lot of people say that, they haven’t really tried many gyms yet – certainly not enough to make those sorts of claims.

So let’s talk about exercise venues, so you can see how many options you really have. Then I’ll tell you my final solution to my dislike for ‘the gym’.

First on the list of possibilities is the typical giant corporate gym franchise

These places sell gym memberships to thousands, and hundreds show up to train. This means they have lots of nice equipment, and lots of space. What they don’t really have is personalised attention (unless you look for it and pay extra).

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Next we have Crossfit (and the other class-type training facilities)

These gyms offer more limited equipment – still everything you need – but they make up for that with the sense of community you’ll feel once you’ve been there a few times. You also train in smaller groups, so you get some personal attention for you larger monthly fee.

Then there are the ‘fighting sports’ gyms

Great for people who want to do exercise and learn a practical skill. These include kick-boxing, jiujitsu, karate, and various other types of self-defence training.

There are also gender-specific gyms, black iron gyms (weight lifting), aerobics clubs, and sports clubs.

The issue here is that if you haven’t tried more than one of these options, you can’t say you don’t like ‘the gym’.

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My personal solution?

I’ve tried ALL of these options with varying levels of satisfaction. In the end, I decided that what I really like is training alone. So my solution was the final gym on this list – the garage gym. I have invested in everything I need, and can train happily in my home garage. I realise this is not an option for all, but there are loads of YouTube videos with fantastic exercises you can do at home.

The bottom line is, that there is no excuse to not exercise. There’s a venue, and training type to suit everyone. Find the one that suits you best and put your heart into it. You’ll see results in no time!

 

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