Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I got an useful answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..
If that LA Fitness is like the one in Scottsdale. it is a dump and if you go into check it out, they will high pressure the crap out of you. Check out the local YMCA. The money stays local and helps others as well as yourself...
Agree, the YMCA is great for it's range of weight machines, and lack of bs in general..
Still, he doesn't have much weight to lose, and has a perfectly good resistance machine which would accomplish what he is asking about, if he'd just use it...
Thanks for the YMCA idea, I'll have to check them out too. The Gym here is brand new, opened two weeks ago. I took a tour last night. still haven't decided....
I tried using the Bowflex 3 times a week for 20 min. I didn't see any results in a month in weight gain or loss. I was thinking that a gym/trainer, while costly, would teach me proper exercise techniques. As it was pointed out I don't have that much weight to lose but for me this more than weight loss. There are lots of skinny people that are in terrible shape. I want to get healthy for the first time in my life.
Down the road I'd really like to eat something that's on a menu and not in a box, There are lots of folks on these boards that have spent lot's of money on Nutrisystem to reach goal and quit only to have to return later because they gained everything back and then some. I don't want this to happen to me.
Finally, before I get blasted about the menu comment I'm not talking about returning to the fast food, lets go out to eat every nite, order a pizza lifestyle I was on before, I simply want to take my wife out to dinner, maybe enjoy some Bar B Que once in a while, or have a Beer and a couple of Hot Dogs at the ball game..
Personally I did the best when I was using a personal trainer at the gym. I intend to get back to it as soon as I can get back in the gym. That's what worked the best for me. YMMV...
Naw, nobody is going to blast you about the menu..
Still, let me give you some information about the bowflex, because I want you to have the option. Yes, you can go spend about $40/month for a YMCA membership, and it is worth it. And yes, you can spend even more money for a trainer. Which is not always worth it. Usually a gym is significantly more..
First, if you lost your manual for the bowflex, which has all the exercises described in it, you can go to the bowflex website and get a new one..
Secondly, you can't do it in 20 minutes, 3 days a week no matter what bowflex says, unless you are already 99% there and just need to cut a little..
Third, it's like any other good resistance workout, you have to work hard to earn benefits. This means you have to use enough resistance to make it hard to finish the sets, and do at least 3 sets of 12 reps. So the last 4 or 5 reps of the 3rd set should be on the verge of failing..
What can you do with a bowflex? Almost everything you can do in a gym that has all the Nautilus machines available. I'm going to be 57 in a few days, and I work out exclusively on a bowflex and with dumbbells with a dumbbell bench and exercise ball..
I've lost a ton of weight, and gained a whole lot of muscle mass. My triceps muscles are about as thick as my wrist now, and so on. Eventually I'll get rid of the remaining body fat and get to see what it all really looks like..
All with a bowflex and very hard work..
So going to the Y is a good choice, but I hate to see someone let a competent piece of equipment rot in a corner of their house. Because it's more about mindset than it is the equipment...
The body needs variation, do both. I agree with the YMCA idea (what I do)!..
I've tried working out from home but it just doesn't work for me. I need that psychological switch that trips when I step into the gym. The one that says, it's get serious time. There are too many distractions at home, and getting out of the house is the only way to make sure I get this little bit of "me" time. Not to mention the extra motivation that one can get in the gym....