I have cycled for a while for mental health. It improves my mental well being and it keeps me going. For fitness, I only do aerobics but I recently have had the urge to do more with my fitness. Should I just hit the gym or look for a fitness coach?
Thank you for the reply and now that you said it, I agree. I would have corrected it, only that you might never come back.A good gym which is not just doped bodybuilders but for all kinds of people will always have a good coach to help you with your training (schedule).
But the real reason I came to this thread is that the title bothers me, every time I see it my brain tells me it needs to be "to gym or not to gym".
I think the other reason as to why I was thinking of a coach is because I did not feel like I have a lot of time to do trial and error. I felt the need to have someone understand me and then guide me for my general fitness and the kind of body I am aiming at. However, I shall head to the gym and work with the instructors there. Thank you!It's difficult to say without knowing your goal. In my opinion you don't need a coach unless you are competing at a high level, there is enough self study options to work out your own programme. Why are you considering the gym? Is it to improve your cycling or for a general body strength for example?
If you just want to be generally fitter then keep cycling and yes go to the gym, most gym's will have staff who can give you some general guidance without having to pay for a personal coach. Research what kind of workouts will help you achieve what you want, maybe circuit training for the winter combined with weights for strength and keep riding the bike.
If you want to be better on the bike then buy a couple of good books on training for the bike, get an indoor turbo trainer to use if the weather is bad and do some gym work as well if you like.
Yes, I do enjoy the bike Mark but I don't have much time now. Thanksenjoy your cycling.....if you think you will enjoy going to the gym give that a go......
as to a coach i guess that comes down to what you hope to achieve/your personal motivation
if your motivated there is no need until you reach any plateau in improvement...
Fair play, this sounds like hell to me!I started going to a gym 6 weeks ago. It's not an expensive one and a bit of heavy weight training in the off season will be good. I do heavy trap bar deadlifts with the low handles and unilateral leg work (bulgarian split squats and single leg leg press). I just hit 140kg for 5 reps on my trap bar deadlift at a bodyweight of 68/69kg.
I train twice a week and I only deadlift heavy once a week, the 2nd day I drop the weight but focus on improving my form, while keeping the volume similar (low).
For me riding on an indoor trainer is hell, I prefer hiking or xc skiing (when we have snow).Fair play, this sounds like hell to me!