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    New Gym

    I'm nervous about starting a Gym and what kind of reaction I'll get from staff and patrons. This gym has as room that's only for women and I think that's where I'll spend most of my time. I think I'll get a free session with a trainer which will be great because. I'm just concerned that I won't be able to do much in the gym. Wish me luck.

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    Good luck,
    The first step is getting out there and giving it a try. I go to 24 Hour Fitness and I do get some looks but they are good looks people are glad to see those of us with disabilities determined to continue to live life as we should. Take your time and ask as many questions as necessary from your trainer.

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    You should get a great reception from everyone at the gym. Staff should be more than willing to help you as much as you need it and want it. Good luck!

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    Thanks Sarah's mom and exqusit1.

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    Just go for it and try to enjoy working out! Good Luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camille View Post
    I'm nervous about starting a Gym and what kind of reaction I'll get from staff and patrons. This gym has as room that's only for women and I think that's where I'll spend most of my time. I think I'll get a free session with a trainer which will be great because. I'm just concerned that I won't be able to do much in the gym. Wish me luck.
    Don't be nervous. Before I joined a gym I called ahead and asked
    if they had a couple specific pieces of equipment, like a sci-fit
    stationary handcycle and a smith machine. They had both. I met
    a couple wheelers at the gym, too.

    If it's a good gym, they'll have plenty of machines. Those are easier
    for solo workouts because you can adjust weight/resistance with a
    pen, rather than lugging a pair of dumbells around and transfering
    on/off a bench.

    The only thing is that some small gyms put their equipment so close
    together that it's hard to wheel between everything, especially when
    there are a lot of people in the gym.

    Good luck.

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    Good luck, Camille

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    Congratulations on taking your first step toward recovery.
    Just relax, focus on the trainer and his instructions and have fun.
    Everyone in the gym will be very receptive and happy you're there.

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    Camille, go for it! You may be able to do much more than you think.

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    I've been lifting at a gym for two years, and it's great! I was apprehensive at first, but got over it after the first couple of weeks. I mostly use free weights, but if I want to use a machine that's not very accessible, the staff will happily move it. During the cleaning/refurbishment/rearrangement they do every year, they keep wheelchair users in mind and make sure there are multiple wide access routes to all the gear.

    Congratulations on taking this step!

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