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5 Common Gym Questions and Answers

Whether you’ve had your gym membership for ages, or you’re new  to the fitness community, everyone has questions about going to the gym. What do you bring with you? Where can you find the equipment you need? As always, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve answered five of the most common gym questions we’ve come across. Anything else you’re curious about? Leave questions in the comments below!

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1. What should I bring with me to the gym?

Depends how you like to work out but some common items include:

  • Gym bag
  • Phone or iPod for music
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Sweat towel
  • Lock

If you plan on showering, you will likely want to include toiletries, a shower towel, flip flops, and a change of clothes.

2. Where do I leave my stuff?

Most gyms will have lockers where you can leave your gym bag or personal items. You may want to call ahead to see if the lockers are located in the general workout area or if they have gender-specific locker rooms. Typically you’ll want to bring a personal lock to keep your items secure while you work out.

 

3. How can I sign up for classes?

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All gyms are different. Some will allow you to sign up online while others will require you to sign up in person. Additionally, busier classes may not open up for registration until the week or day of. Be sure to check with your gym to see what they recommend for the classes you’re interested in.

 

4. How long should I spend on the machines when the gym is busy?

If you’re using a cardio machine, it’s courteous to try and limit your usage to 20-30 minutes. With weight machines, try to stick to 2-3 efficient sets. If you want to take longer rests between sets, encourage someone else to use the equipment while you’re taking your break. This allows you to maximize your time on the machine while being considerate of other people’s time.

5. What’s the difference between free weights and machine weights?

A free weight can be classified as any object or device that can be moved freely in three-dimensional space. Some of the more common free-weights in a gym would be:

  • Dumbells
  • Barbells
  • Medicine ball
  • Ankle weights
  • The human body (the ultimate free-weight of all!)

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On the other hand, any exercise machine in a gym such as a pec-dec or a smith machine is a perfect example of what can be considered high-tech training apparatus or machine weights.

Not sure which one to use? Find more information on the differences between the two at BodyBuilding.com.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Photo cred: Shrinking Guy, Words on WellnessPopSugar

 

Fitness Reimbursement Program: UnitedHealthcare

Recently, we showed you how you can take advantage of the fitness perks available to you if your health insurance provider is Aetna. Today, we’d like to talk to our United Healthcare members and show you how you can get paid for getting fit!

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If you’re not too sure about how fitness reimbursement programs work and what the benefits are, you can read more here.

Ready to take the leap and get paid while you get healthy? Click here to see if you’re eligible.

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Fitness Reimbursement Program: Aetna

Aetna is now one of many insurance companies that offer fitness reimbursement programs. In other words, they help employers give discounts (and in some cases straight cash) to employees for getting their fitness on. If this sounds too good to be true, you can read more about how fitness reimbursement programs work here. Otherwise, continue on for how you can take advantage of Aetna’s program!

Aetna-alcohol-rehabAetna fitness reimbursement plans are open to a number of employer-sponsored programs. In addition to gym memberships, plan members can receive reimbursements for purchasing at-home equipment, group classes and wellness counseling. Employers are able to customize the program and decide how much money their employees are eligible to be reimbursed for their fitness-related expenses. [Insurance Quotes]

An example of a plan you might see with your employer:

  • Employees who complete a minimum of 50 visits per six-month period at a qualified health club can receive up to $200 cash, or $100 per spouse.
  • A qualified health club will be specific to your employer, but it is typically one that offers a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training exercise equipment. (These can include traditional health clubs, YMCAs, etc.)

Want to see if you’re eligible? Take 2 minutes to fill out this form and we’ll take care of all the paperwork for you, no strings attached. Note that responses can take 1-2 weeks.

While you wait, get stoked for your cash rewards by checking out these 13 benefits of gym reimbursements.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to see if you’re eligible for a free gym reimbursement check!

 

 

How to Hit your 2015 Fitness Goals

2015 is just around the corner and with a new year comes new opportunities for a healthier life! That said, it’s not always easy knowing where to start or how to set realistic expectations for yourself. We’ve put together a quick guide to ensure you have the tools you need to kickstart this new chapter!

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1. Assess where you’re at. Be honest.

Let’s be honest – we may not all be where we hoped to be by the end of the year (especially after the holidays). This is a great time for us to check-in with our bodies and re-evaluate where we’re at.

Ex. Spott3r member, Lindsay Anderson, thinks she’s done a great job at hitting her cardio goals this year, but has been slacking a bit on strength training. She also occasionally puts off her workouts due to a hectic work schedule and cold weather. In order to get past these and hit her 2015 fitness goals, Lindsay needs to figure out how to get past these roadblocks.

Which brings us to our next point!

2. Find out what motivates you vs. what sets you back, and fix that. 

Everyone has an excuse not to work out. Whether its time, money, or simply not knowing where to start, there are a million reasons people put off fitness.

Lindsay, for example, plans to get past her fitness roadblocks by ensuring she gets to bed early enough to fit in early morning workouts (tips on how to get up for these here) and invests in warm weather workout gear!

(Is money holding you back from getting a gym membership? See if you’re eligible for a fitness reimbursement here.)

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3. Set realistic goals

Sure, if we hop on the scale and see a number we’re not happy with, our first instinct is to swear off all sweets and hit the gym twice a day. While that might get you through the first week of the new year, chances are you’ll be burnt out and cranky by week two, and much more likely to give up on your goals.

Start by setting some realistic and feasible goals – and remember to focus on creating a healthy lifestyle, rather than numbers on a scale or pant size.

Some ideas for weekly goals here. We’ll also be launching our 15 goals for 2015 series on Instagram tomorrow – be sure to follow us for all the fitness inspiration you can handle!

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4. Measure them

The last part in our quick guide to hit your 2015 fitness goals is measurement. What good is setting goals if you aren’t completing them?

If you’re tracking something quantifiable, such as mileage or cardio minutes, fitness apps such as RunKeeper and Nike Training Club are great.

If you’re tracking something unquantifiable, such as getting more sleep or eating clean, it may help to start a fitness journal and implement a once-weekly reflection.

You should now have all the tools you need to kick off your healthiest 2015! Think we missed anything? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to see if you’re eligible for a free gym reimbursement check!

Photo cred: Gumbo Fitness, Women’s Health Magazine

The Ultimate Fitness Inspiration: Julianne Lago

A warm welcome to Julianne Lago, the most recent addition to our spott3r fitfam! Aspiring to be a woman fitness model and need some inspiration? Take one look at this gal’s abs and you’ll be headed straight to the gym.

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Julianne’s best fitness achievement to date  is competing at the Bev Francis Atlantic State Championships and placing 6th! (She missed Nationals by 1 place.) She also considers placing a University of FLorida record in the 200 Medley Relay and competing at the Olympic Trials one of her biggest successes.

Her current fitness goal? To make Nationals at an NPC competition.

 

unnamed (1)When getting her sweat on, Julianne likes to put on Pandora and get to whatever is playing on the workout mix.

Her favorite fitness activity? “Glutes, glutes, glutes!” Her go-to workout is below:

  • Bulgarian lunge (each leg) 6 reps slow (6 sets)
  • Hip thrusts 10 reps (upper back on edge of bench and bar on pelvis) (6 sets)
  • Ankle cuff kick backs 8 reps each leg (slow up & down) (4 sets)
  • Ankle cuff side kicks 8 reps each leg (slow up & down) (4 sets)
  • Glute machine (8 reps – heavy) (4 sets)
  • Hip abduction 12 reps superset
  • Hip abduction 12 reps (4 sets)

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What motivates this fitness queen to get to the gym? Knowing that she will be one step closer to her dream goals each day!

Despite her perseverance, Julianne is only human, and occasionally finds herself tired or wanting to sleep in. To remedy this, she thinks about losing her physique and reminding herself that:

“The reward is well worth the sacrifice”

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Julianne leaves us with her best fitness advice:

“Results come with hard work and dedication. Most people use the ‘not enough time’ excuse, but the reality is that everyone can find the time to reach their fitness goals. What pulls those of us who find the time away from those of us who cannot find the time is the mind frame. The mind takes control of everything. Just get your mind to know that it is all worth it in the end.”

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Julianne was excited to learn about spott3r and supports the concept of earning cash for one’s workouts:

“Spott3r is a great help and motivation for people wanting to get in shape and make a lifestyle change!”

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Fitness Tips: Community Roundup

Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr are known for providing an avalanche of fitness tips, advice, and motivation. (Don’t worry, we can spend ours browsing the fitness glory on these sites too!)

We decided to take it back to the basics and pull some advice directly from our fitness community. After all, it’s you guys who are getting up and making things happen every day! Is it always easy? No. Glamorous? Definitely not. But it’s health and it’s important. Here is our community roundup of awesome fitness advice:

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1. “Find something you like, that you are likely going to continue to enjoy. At the very least, find a physical activity you like, and do it with a friend. Start slow, and help each other.” – Ryan Serhant

2. “Always believe. Everyone thinks that they can change for the worse, so why can’t you change for the better?” – Lindsy May

3. “Take it slow and don’t try to keep up with others who have been going to the gym for years. Newbies are welcomed with open arms at the gym, and people want to help them reach their goals and improve their techniques. Don’t be afraid to try new things or cut foods out of your diet to reach your goals – you can do it!” – Wilhelmina Giese

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4. “Incorporate fitness into your lifestyle. Look at it like brushing your teeth, your every day normal!” – @gritfit_kj

5. “Lunges and protein.” – @rob_karaguez

6. “Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s!” – @ashcash813

7. “Dedication” – @vsvpmarkus

8. “Never give up – never surrender.” – @drmom21

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Think we missed something? Leave your #FitnessTips in the comments below!