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Getting fit for summer in Canberra?

By jenny123 9 October 2011 39

Whilst bikini shopping today it was brought to my attention that I had gained a sizeable backside since last summer. Sure I could use all the the excuses:  I am a busy working professional with no time to exercise, Canberra is too cold in winter, I have a blister on my toe.. blah blah, but when it comes down to it, I am really just lazy and enjoy eating crap washed down with cheap nasty wine.

However I wish to change this and have decided to find a personal trainer that can assist me in my pursuit of health and well-being, or maybe even a good gym that has supportive staff, pref south side.

Can anyone recommend health professionals in Canberra that can help me reach my nutrition and fitness goals?

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jenny123 3:54 pm 17 Oct 11

Mothy said :

Jenny123 – something to be aware of is that sometimes, a Personal Trainer’s fees will be separate to those of the gym.

I’d never been a member of a gym, always looking at those machines and not knowing what each one was for, or how to structure a program of using each piece of equipment. Had never been to a boot camp, or done any work with a personal trainer.

One year I signed up with TEAM Fitness, when they were doing one of their Body Transformation challenges – basically a 16 week program where once a week you had a PT session, they worked out an exercise program for you, and had an eating plan that went with it. Importantly, you wrote down all exercise you did, and I think I remember writing down all the food I ate too.

The thing that made it work for me was showing up each week to the trainer, and being answerable to them for whether I’d followed the program or not. While its obvious that the person you’re most accountable to is yourself, its a lot easier to lie to yourself about why you “slipped” from one week to the next than it is to lie to someone else.

I think Chris now owns Northside fitness center in Dickson, but a couple of the trainers also work out of Club Lime at CISAC. Can recommend Matt Eikenhout with TEAM in particular – was always fun to work with him.

That looks like something I could really get into I think I might give it a go

laureah21 10:11 am 17 Oct 11

I think PT’s are good, if you have no idea where to begin. Get a few sessions, learn how to use the equipment and form.
PLEASE PLEASE, when deciding on a trainer look at there qualification.. PT’s are a dime a dozen these days and you can become one in a week or so. Very dangerous considering you can injure yourself if correct form is not used.

Look for the following:
they should have a certificate 4 in fitness training, or a degree. Cert 3 means they can do group training but not 1 to 1

Sparkpeople.com. Is good for recipes and support.

Mothy 9:59 am 17 Oct 11

Jenny123 – something to be aware of is that sometimes, a Personal Trainer’s fees will be separate to those of the gym.

I’d never been a member of a gym, always looking at those machines and not knowing what each one was for, or how to structure a program of using each piece of equipment. Had never been to a boot camp, or done any work with a personal trainer.

One year I signed up with TEAM Fitness, when they were doing one of their Body Transformation challenges – basically a 16 week program where once a week you had a PT session, they worked out an exercise program for you, and had an eating plan that went with it. Importantly, you wrote down all exercise you did, and I think I remember writing down all the food I ate too.

The thing that made it work for me was showing up each week to the trainer, and being answerable to them for whether I’d followed the program or not. While its obvious that the person you’re most accountable to is yourself, its a lot easier to lie to yourself about why you “slipped” from one week to the next than it is to lie to someone else.

I think Chris now owns Northside fitness center in Dickson, but a couple of the trainers also work out of Club Lime at CISAC. Can recommend Matt Eikenhout with TEAM in particular – was always fun to work with him.

rbw 11:38 pm 16 Oct 11

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http://www.youtube.com/user/liferegenerator
http://www.youtube.com/user/robertmorsend

Both these guys saved my life

jayskette 10:01 pm 16 Oct 11

Give me all your money. This way you will be too poor to drive your car or buy junk.

poetix 5:55 pm 16 Oct 11

Belles said :

Some things that will help you loose weight and keep it of:

Eat smaller portions – It doesn’t matter what you eat, it you eat too much then you will not lose weight.
Cook/Make your own food – IF you are busy and eat out all the time you can’t actually know what goes into the meal, so make your meals yourself.
Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – Make a salad up every couple of days and leave in the fridge take some for lunch add a portion of meat with it for dinner.
(Eggs are also great for you, 2 a day with give you plenty of vitamins and nutrients your body needs)
Work out how your body works with food – (a good way to do this is with a food diary) Some people will only eat 3 times a day, some people need to eat 5 times a day. For example I need to snack in between meals, I simply can’t stick to 3 meals a day. So I always have fresh fruit at work, or boil 2 eggs and have them as snacks. But please remember that if you are eating more frequently then you can’t have lots of food, they all need to be small portions.
Exercise – Find something that you enjoy doing, I hate going to the gym and feel its a waste of time and money, but love going for a walk with my dogs all the time. If you enjoy what you are doing then you will not feel like its a chore. Do things such as using stairs at work, take some walking clothes with you to work and go for a walk at lunch time, don’t stay at your desk. Look into the activities done through your workplace, or organise something like a sports team, (i know we have tennis, netball, soccer and cricket at our work) Also invest in an ipod – this way when you are exercising by yourself then you don’t get bored. You could also look into Dog walking for the pound or the RSPCA.

Lastly – Drink less Alcohol (also watch the soft drink) and Drink plenty of water – if you don’t particularly like water add some lemon to it, and it gives it flavor.

The most important thing is that you need to learn about how your own body reacts to the diet and exercise so that you can maintain the level of well being and fitness that you want.

All very sensible and practical and reading it makes me want to run to the kitchen and pour a triple vodka. Does that count as exercise, I wonder? If I have the lemon-flavoured vodka does that count as fruit? How about if I mix it with cranberry juice? Is camembert one of the five major food groups? Is a flat white the breakfast of champignons?

I agree that Dogs are Exceedingly Excellent though.

Belles 2:24 pm 16 Oct 11

Some things that will help you loose weight and keep it of:

Eat smaller portions – It doesn’t matter what you eat, it you eat too much then you will not lose weight.
Cook/Make your own food – IF you are busy and eat out all the time you can’t actually know what goes into the meal, so make your meals yourself.
Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – Make a salad up every couple of days and leave in the fridge take some for lunch add a portion of meat with it for dinner.
(Eggs are also great for you, 2 a day with give you plenty of vitamins and nutrients your body needs)
Work out how your body works with food – (a good way to do this is with a food diary) Some people will only eat 3 times a day, some people need to eat 5 times a day. For example I need to snack in between meals, I simply can’t stick to 3 meals a day. So I always have fresh fruit at work, or boil 2 eggs and have them as snacks. But please remember that if you are eating more frequently then you can’t have lots of food, they all need to be small portions.
Exercise – Find something that you enjoy doing, I hate going to the gym and feel its a waste of time and money, but love going for a walk with my dogs all the time. If you enjoy what you are doing then you will not feel like its a chore. Do things such as using stairs at work, take some walking clothes with you to work and go for a walk at lunch time, don’t stay at your desk. Look into the activities done through your workplace, or organise something like a sports team, (i know we have tennis, netball, soccer and cricket at our work) Also invest in an ipod – this way when you are exercising by yourself then you don’t get bored. You could also look into Dog walking for the pound or the RSPCA.

Lastly – Drink less Alcohol (also watch the soft drink) and Drink plenty of water – if you don’t particularly like water add some lemon to it, and it gives it flavor.

The most important thing is that you need to learn about how your own body reacts to the diet and exercise so that you can maintain the level of well being and fitness that you want.

gumby34 1:46 pm 11 Oct 11

Can I suggest you look at FIT – Females In Training. Awesome organisation with coaching in swimming riding (road and mountain bike), walking and running programs for women.

They are not a super freak fitness club but a large collection of women that do everything from walking, cycling through to marathons and triathlons.

Website is http://www.fitact.org.au/

Great way to get fit, meet lots of other women in canberra and see a bit of the beautiful countryside (and coffee shops)

Innovation 11:59 am 11 Oct 11

jenny123 – I presume that your RA name and your desire to wear a bikini means that you’re female but other than that, there isn’t much info to go on. Personally, I don’t like using PT’s but to each their own.

In case you are interested, I have found the most sustainable form of exercise for me is to combine walking and cycling with other trips whenever possible. For example, if I need to use the car, such as to carry passengers, pick up a heavy load, to cover a large distance or to get somewhere quickly I will often pull over and park the car at the first available opportunity and walk or ride the balance of the trip (or for other ad hoc errands).

alaninoz 11:40 am 11 Oct 11

I-filed said :

jenny123 said :

…….. yes

In that case you are wasting everyone’s time and you might as well just eat another tub of ice-cream!

Apparently not as dumb as I-filed though. Asking questions is a good way to start the learning process, so keep at it.

Shanski_0 11:39 am 11 Oct 11

I’m very much over weight, and have been going to Battle Camp in Tuggeranong for 4 months now…

I have noticed the weight loss, the instructor is awesome, Everyone there is lovely, and it’s about $14 a session, I go 3 times a week, and to the gym 3 times a week I was a laziest person I knew before I started, now I cant get enough!

Ex Warrior 11:38 am 11 Oct 11

Jenny, good on you for wanting to lose the trunk!
Get the process started with walking and increase to a jog when your ready. Upping the heart rate as often as possible is the way to go. Cut out the crap in your diet and stay off the schooners until the weekend if you can!!
No charge either for that love.

vet111 11:20 am 11 Oct 11

Don’t let them get to you, Jenny123, I think it’s great that you’re actually interested in doing something to help yourself.

Most important thing to remember is any exercise, no matter how small, is better than nothing. This could mean taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking a block further away, anything!

My suggestion would be Fernwood gym, with a pt session once a week. That’s what I do, and I find the pt session useful as it helps me work out what is the best exercise for me while making sure I’m doing it properly. Fernwood have gyms everywhere, and you don’t always have to use ‘your’ club. It’s pretty pricey, but I think it’s worth it.

jenny123 10:23 am 11 Oct 11

In that case you are wasting everyone’s time and you might as well just eat another tub of ice-cream!

I dont think I am wasting everyones time, I simply requested pt recommendations because I am clueless when it comes to this kind of stuff.

I dont find comments like this helpful, move along now.

I-filed 10:04 am 11 Oct 11

jenny123 said :

…….. yes

In that case you are wasting everyone’s time and you might as well just eat another tub of ice-cream!

carnardly 10:02 am 11 Oct 11

well jog then…..or do an aerobics class, or go swimming and do 50 laps…. *rolls eyes…*

none of us know how fit or unfit you are. If you just happen to be skinny but haven’t exercised in years, then maybe that’s why I suggested walking. If you took up jogging 4 times a week, you’d be broken down with injury within 3 months.

think about it…… maybe something is often better than nothing.

jenny123 10:00 am 11 Oct 11

I-filed said :

jenny123 said :

I have never really had to loose weight before so I really have no idea where to even start, is walking really going to do anything??

You can’t in all seriousness possibly be this dumb can you?

…….. yes

I-filed 9:44 am 11 Oct 11

jenny123 said :

I have never really had to loose weight before so I really have no idea where to even start, is walking really going to do anything??

You can’t in all seriousness possibly be this dumb can you?

jenny123 9:32 am 11 Oct 11

carnardly said :

why do you need a personal trainer? Why don’t you find a friend to waddle around the lake with you?

Go for a ride, make up your own bootcamp by running up and down stairs and doing lunges, using hand weights.

I personally think they are pretty expensive if you’re just starting out – i mean a lot of it isn’t rocket science.

google can be your friend and a PT might be better used if you have a specific goal.

Any of us can do the basics to move our arse.

I have never really had to loose weight before so I really have no idea where to even start, is walking really going to do anything??

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