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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    My wife is wanting to go to the gym now, and her choice was planet fitness. As we all know, they have no equipment other than dumbbells, machines and cardio equipment. Any recommendations on DB/BW only workout programs that I can guide her to? I've looked through most of the NROL stuff, and in the beginning the DBs and Cable machines would work well, but any advancement requiring a barbell would be impossible at PF. Also have looked at a few Turbulence Training programs, but they would need modification as well. Any ideas? I want her to follow a routine instead of just going in and doing random exercises and go home. I train at work, where we have a fully stocked gym, mainly with barbell exercises, so my knowledge of "the machines" and DB only work is rather limited. Any help would be appreciated!!

    Thanks!

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    ugh. Any way you could talk her out of Planet Fitness??? Do you have a Y near you? They are usually way better equipped. I'm sure you could figure out stuff for her to do, but I fear she will quickly outgrow PF and/or get sick of their stupid limitations.

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    You might want to pick up NROL Supercharged, she can probably do most of the Level 1-3 exercises without a barbell. Or check out the kettlebell threads and get some of those workouts.

    Total bummer though, don't know if I could sign up for a gym without the option for DLs, lol.

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    Supercharged would prolly be a good option, or NR for Abs. Also, I suspect getting a book like that and having her read it would help her along in understanding on her own that she may have chosen a too-limiting gym. And, once she outgrows it, and/or gains more confidence and feels ok moving on to a better-equipped gym, there'll be no worry.

    Seriously, it's not the end of the world. Dumbbells are a great option and unilateral work will keep her balanced and starting from a good base. There's worse options out there.

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    Quote Originally Posted by "KevinNU7":f8c26zm3
    You might want to pick up NROL Supercharged, she can probably do most of the Level 1-3 exercises without a barbell. Or check out the kettlebell threads and get some of those workouts.

    Total bummer though, don't know if I could sign up for a gym without the option for DLs, lol.
    I think deadlifting is specifically prohibited at PF. That said, I think PF has a certain clientele in mind and are marketing themselves to that specific clientele. I could see it as a great starter gym both in terms of equipment and cost. (I am thinking of myself when I started my journey - a PF would be more than adequate for me.) A dedicated gym rat might be beyond it, but I think there are those that benefit from its services.

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    I don't know which pf you belong to but here in Ga there are no limits. I do all my workouts dead lifts and all with no problems. I usually go after midnight so go figure most of the time that is when of us lifters do our best. We have barbells and all kinds of weights. I say go on YouTube there are lots of alternate way to do dead lifts with dumbbells like sumo and Romanian dead lifts. If you look on the counter at you club you should see the disclaimer that says in so many words they are only there to give you the tools to get fit but it is up to you to find a workout that will get you there. Best of luck

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    I just left LA Fitness for Gold's for similar reasons; LA Fitness didn't have a lot of the equipment I wanted to use (dumbbells didn't go over #100, no kettlebells, etc.). That being said, you can still get a really good workout with just bodyweight and dumbbells, I would suggest NROL Supercharged as well.

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    Planet Weakness, I mean Fitness workout...

    Thanks for sharing own good ideas.

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    Edit: I tried to delete this, as I did not see how old the thread was when I posted, but for some reason can't seem to do it properly.

    I would never try to talk a woman out of going to any gym she wanted to go to. Get her in there, and if she thinks it is inadequate, she can decide to move on.

    And I have a hard time seeing why someone just starting out can't get a great workout with body weight exercises and dbs. There are tons of books out there with db exercises. To cite the one I bought when just starting out, Lou's "The Men's Health Home Workout Bible has a chapter in it on exercises for each kind of equipment, including body weight and dumbells.

    And I remember reading an article on deadlifting with dbs on T Nation or one of the other lifting sites.
    Last edited by rwmct; 09-12-2015 at 10:15 PM. Reason: did not see how old the thread was

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