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2003/10/08 18:27:36 (permalink)

Book - Questions

Hi, you may recall a while back I posted about a book I was writing, well I am now well into chapter one and have a fbb to co-write it. Anyway, wondering if any of the MT girls fancied answering a few questions for me. You don't have to be a bb, just attend the gym. If any of yer gym mates fancy answering to, I would be very grateful

What were your initial reasons for going to the gym?

Did you initially enjoy your trips to the gym?

Did your aims change as time went by? If so, what were your new aims and what caused the change?

What is the reaction of men towards the females in the gym?

What do you feel to be important factors in making females continue with their gym membership?

Have you ever felt pressure from men/society to change your body?
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    gymbabeliz
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/09 10:28:28 (permalink)

    What were your initial reasons for going to the gym?
    because i didnt like how my body was looking

    Did you initially enjoy your trips to the gym? yes it was like coming home (aaahhh) as i was used to physical activity in childhood

    Did your aims change as time went by? If so, what were your new aims and what caused the change? i always wanted to look like a fitness model body but i never realised that competeing was a possibility or that i could really change that much. Now all I want to do is compete and win :)

    What is the reaction of men towards the females in the gym? females in general or me?? thats 2 different answers. Also depends on the man. Men are not one entity!

    What do you feel to be important factors in making females continue with their gym membership? i dunno,thats a personality thing i think.

    Have you ever felt pressure from men/society to change your body?
    no!
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/09 10:30:32 (permalink)
    btw i think the society thing is overrated, if the average girl feels pressure to be slim she will diet for a week, then give up. Society doesnt say 'go build biceps' !!!
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/09 14:25:39 (permalink)
    Not sure on reason I started, I went one day with a boyfriend and just got into it and when we split, I found my own place. Never thought about competing and then it just seemed the natural thing to do!

    Loved going to the gym, was a great social life, there used to be about 12 of us competing in same comps so the support was immense and the cheers at the comps was brill!

    I got out of the habit after some years and changed jobs which meant I could not get down as often and put on loads of weight. 3 years ago I joined one of the big gyms and loved it. Lost 2.5 stone and now that I am noticing the change in shape I am back to my old thirst of wanting to compete again.

    I have not seen one other female at our gym that lifts weights like I do so I tend to get strange looks from many, not just men. The guys who are 'big' themselves don't appear to look, they've no doubt seen it before, it just the ones who have probably not seen a woman lift more than a few pounds that tend to stare.

    Society in general seems to put pressure on many but it has not affected me. I want to change for me and me alone. If society doesn't like what I become, then tough, this is what I want not them! Hubbie didn't like it when I was well overweight and even that didn't make me want to slim....I eventually did it because I wanted to for ME.

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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/10 14:05:28 (permalink)
    What were your initial reasons for going to the gym?
    To lose weight
    Did you initially enjoy your trips to the gym?
    Once I got used to where everything was and into a routine yes, felt self conscious at first
    Did your aims change as time went by? If so, what were your new aims and what caused the change?
    Yes, lost weight but got to realise that you can't change your actual shape so should work with whay you've got. Also, was very uneducated at forst and thought that by using weights I'd get really bulky, now know they're the best way to lose the fat with the cardio and really enjoy hetting into the free weights area.
    What is the reaction of men towards the females in the gym?
    I don't have any problems although sometimes I get funny looks when I'm in the free weights area alone. I find they stare more at the girls who go in their velour suits with full make-up on and flowing hair, you know the ones who have a wak and a chat and do a couple of sit-ups!! (Meeeooowwww!!!!)
    What do you feel to be important factors in making females continue with their gym membership?
    Pretty much the same as anyone, seeing results, feeling good and varying the routine to keep interest.
    Have you ever felt pressure from men/society to change your body?
    Yes, I think I used to want to conform to the sereotypical girl in the films or on TV but now I want to be the best I can be, just want to feel and look good in myself, for myself.

    Good luck with the book!!!
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/19 16:18:15 (permalink)
    Hey, thanks to you all for replying, anybody else care to contribute?
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/19 20:17:55 (permalink)
    sorry i dont go to a gym i have to do everything at home...if theres anything else i can answer i wont mind, good luck with everything...
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    RE: Book - Questions 2003/10/20 09:57:17 (permalink)
    Initially my goals were to get fit and lose weight.

    I hated my first trips to the gym because I was so big. I used to sit on the machines and peiple used to stare with that "She isnt going to last long" look on their face.

    Yes initially I wanted to change the way I looked. Things moved along and my goals changed from that to wanted to vastly increase my strength.

    In the gym I go to all the women are either old or young, like a stick and go wearing full make up and avoid the sweating thing. Therefore the guy's who go see anyone doing differently as either wrong or crazy.

    A lot of people who work in gyms need to be educated that not all women want to spend forever on the cross trainer and that weights can be a girls best friend.

    Yes, being so big I did feel pressure which is why I went to the gym, but in doing so and finding forums such as MT I realised there was more to be had when going to the gym. At first I wanted to make my body look good, but then realised that I wanted to be stronger, much more stronger than I was and now concentrate on doing that.
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