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Overwhelmed in Fitness Centers - Here are Some Tips

Ever walk into a weight room and feel completely overwhelmed? Are you intimidated because you think everybody is in great shape and you are not? Many folks who are entertaining the idea of getting back into shape get turned off immediately by those feelings. Many people are also threatened by the number of foreign weight machines, treadmills, stationery bikes, recumbent bikes, stair steppers, elliptical gliders and free weights. How do you work these things? What are all these buttons? If you have asked yourself these questions. . .here are some tips for you that may make your fitness journey a little easier:

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1) Go with a friend. Having a buddy to exercise with really helps motivate you to do more than you would than if by yourself.

2) Hire a personal trainer. Personal trainers, like myself, are your workout buddies. They can help push you properly and keep you from injuring yourself. Most are flexible enough to exercise with you at your time schedule and will help you set a time for fitness. Fitting fitness into your schedule is the hardest part of starting a plan. Most personal trainers range from $30 to $50.00 an hour. So find one that will exercise with you once a week and provide a plan of the week for you to do on your own - if you are counting your pennies.

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3) Take a group class - Group classes are not just aerobics. Now there are bicycling classes called "Spinning," body Sculpting classes, which uses free weights, and, believe it or not, people even pay for Bootcamp style classes. All of which will get you back to your lighter days.

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4) There are even options for those who do not want to go to a gym or fitness center. All I need to workout is a set of monkey bars at a playground, a place to run and swim. Calisthenics - yes, the military favorite of pushups, pullups, situps, squats, lunges, running and swimming - can get you in the best shape of your life. You can also do these exercises inside your home as well, but you may have to go to a local YMCA or swim club in order to add swimming to your list of activities. Check out the training plan at the Fitness eBook Store for some downloadable plans that really work.

5) Out of all the ways there is to exercise, I still feel that getting up and walking is the best. Pick it up a bit and jog or bike if you want something more intense. Walk inside the local mall if you battle weather in your area during the winter. This exercise is free and easy to do. Once again go with a friend to keep it interesting and fun. And always - remember to drink lots of water everyday especially if you add exercise to your world.

Fitness can be fun and does not have to be intimidating as long as you are willing to try and learn new things from fitness professionals, books, videos, and of course fitness related articles such as this one at Thanks for the e-mails. Keep them coming at


Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the
Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at

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Published Books / DVDs
Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness (Book / DVD)
Maximum Fitness

The Special Operations Workout

The SWAT Workout - From Recruit to SWAT Team Member
The Combat Swimmer Stroke DVD

The Pre-Habit Workout DVD
Clinic DVD for Navy SEAL PST
The FBI Special Agent Test Clinic DVD

The Complete List of Stew Smith's eBooks:

Fitness for All Levels of Fitness

The 90 Day Beginner Guide to Fitness
The Advanced Maintenance and Recovery Program

Reclaim Your Life - The Erin O'Neill Program

Veteran's Fitness - Baby Boomer and a Flat Stomach

The Busy Executive Workout Routine
The Advanced Weights / PT Workout (Fall / Winter Weight Gain Cycle)
The Perfect Pushup Workout

The TRX Workout
- Circuit Training 101 ebook

NEW Obstacle Course Race Ebook

The Special Forces Physical Fitness Workouts
 Combat Conditioning Workout

Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1  Beginner Weeks 1-9
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 2 - 3 - Intermediate Weeks 1-12
Navy SEAL Workout Phase 4  Grinder PT -  Four weeks before Hell Week

Navy SWCC Workout

The Army Special Forces / Ranger Workout 

The Army Air Assault School Workout

The Army Airborne Workout

Air Force PJ / CCT Workout

The Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Workout

The OCS, ROTC, Service Academy, & Bootcamp Workouts

New - Army PRT and CRT
Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard OCS Workout

The USMC IST and PFT Workout
USMC OCS / TBS Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout

The Army OCS and PFT Workout
The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Test Workouts

The FBI Academy / PFT Prep Workout

The DEA Prep Workout

The FLETC Prep Workout - Ace the PEB

The State / Local Police Academy Workout

The Fire Fighter Workout

Seal Multi Men's Multi-Vitamin Multi-Mineral

TRX Train Like the Pros


Some Titles Above available in Print Softcover Format