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I did it – I got myself out to the door and to the gym for day 1 of my new fitness routine! I got up this morning and got myself ready as my son was eating his breakfast before school. We headed out the door and hung out in the car at the bus stop like we do each morning.

Then he was off and I headed for the gym.

I have to say I am truly proud of myself to not just going to the gym but doing SIXTY minutes of cardio!  Now I will admit that the first 5 to 10 min my legs felt like they were sore and burning. I was thinking to myself  “seriously less than 5 minutes and I feel like I am dying already?!?!?”

Slender Suzie Day 1 at the Gym for my Workout and Sweating Like a Pig

I pushed through that at a slower pace on the elliptical and after a bit I was able to continue.  I ended up finishing a full 30 minutes on the elliptical!!  I took a short 5 min break then got on what is now my new favorite piece of gym equipment the Cybex Arc Trainer – seriously I am in LOVE with that thing!  I did another full 30 minutes on that machine as well.  Yes that’s right – 60 minutes of cardio DONE!

Cybex Arc Trainer is my new favorite piece of gym equipment Slender Suzie

As you know I had every intention of getting with a trainer to set up what I need to do each day to help accelerate my weight loss and build lean muscle. But, my new gym (which is our local YMCA and the only gym anywhere near me) currently has no personal trainers on staff so I spent last night researching the best routine to follow as a gym newbie.  Here is what I came up with (note that since I am starting on a Tuesday I actually started with cardio today):

Monday – Cardio

  • 60 minutes on machines of choice (2 machines at 30 minutes each with 5 min rest period between or 3 machines at 20 minutes each with 5 minute rest period between)

Tuesday – Full Body Beginner Gym Routine

  • Squats on Leg Press Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Leg Curl Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Leg Extension Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Chest Press Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Row Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Tricep Extension Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Preacher Curl Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Abdominal Crunch machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Back Extension on Roman Chair (3 sets of 15 reps)

Wednesday – Cardio

  • 60 minutes on machines of choice (2 machines at 30 minutes each with 5 min rest period between or 3 machines at 20 minutes each with 5 minute rest period between)

Tuesday – Full Body Beginner Gym Routine

  • Squats on Leg Press Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Leg Curl Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Leg Extension Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Chest Press Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Row Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Seated Tricep Extension Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Preacher Curl Machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Abdominal Crunch machine (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Back Extension on Roman Chair (3 sets of 15 reps)

Friday – Cardio

  • 60 minutes on machines of choice (2 machines at 30 minutes each with 5 min rest period between or 3 machines at 20 minutes each with 5 minute rest period between)

 

So there you have it – my beginner level workout routine.  I will be following this for approximately 2 weeks and then I will reevaluate if this has become too easy so I can then move to a higher level workout (so be sure you check back to get that copy too – if you subscribe to the blog in the upper left you will be sure you do not miss the update.)

I am proud that I woke up and help my self personally accountable to get started – and that I have my Facebook community holding me accountable as well (that added social pressure truly helps me to not want to mess up or slack off).

If you have a fitness routine – share with me in the comments – I would love to hear what kinds of workouts you do or how this post may help you in getting started!

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!