Gym newb

So at my day job, we’ve been offered the ability to use the fitness center in our building.  So now I’m trying to figure out how exactly does going to the gym work?  What should I do? What machines are good? How many reps/how long should I use them?

Things I’ve learned:

-I have no idea what the knob on the top of the weight machines is.  Resistance?  How does that relate to weight? What should I do with it?

-The “arc trainer” is not for me because it’s designed for people with a longer stride than I have.

-The treadmill isn’t as bad as I expected, but I have to pause for a minute after it stops because walking on the ground is disorienting after being on something moving.

-The regular “spinning” bikes are awful to sit on, but there are recumbent type bikes that aren’t bad.

-The elliptical is boring.  But doable, so I try to mix that in there.

-As much as I understand why it’s necessary, it’s annoying to wipe off everything every time when you’re only doing a few reps on each machine because you’re a newb.

In general, I’m liking the fitness center, and it’s a good way for me to start getting some variety in my movement.  Now I just need to really settle on a pattern and figure out what I’m doing so I can be more strategic about it all.

As for my last post, I am still feeling generally discouraged.  I’m just pushing through anyway, because why not.

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