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After you've mustered up the willpower to finally check out the gym for the first time, plenty of questions remain: What should you wear? What workout should you do? How does this machine even work? Here's a primer on how to make your first gym experience awesome.

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When I took a dance class with my husband years ago, the instructor told us that any couples in the class should split up and dance with others. "We have a tendency to say things to our partner that we wouldn't to other people," I remember her saying. "Like, 'Honey, you're doing it wrong.'"

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You made a New Years Resolution to get in shape, you signed up to the gym went a few times and then you stopped. It happens. Now's the time to get back to the gym.

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Everybody at the gym has their own plan, their own path. In a perfect world, these paths all crisscross and interweave without any collisions. One person hops off the treadmill, another hops on. One person sets down a weight, another picks it up. Record scratch, here's the real world: five different people across the gym are killing time on machines they don't care about, glaring at the guy who won't stop doing curls in the squat rack.

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Ever wanted to hang off a big hog with your 24-inch pythons like our mate Hulk Hogan, brother? Of course you have, brother. If you've ever wondered about which exercises you need to do to grow those biceps, triceps and forearms - look no further, brother. Here are the best exercises to master those arm muscles.

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Good health is a truly priceless thing, but maintaining a decent level of fitness - especially in big cities - can cost a pretty penny. Gym memberships in particular can hit your wallet hard. And personal training sessions? Forget about it: Those can run over $100 an hour, easy, and that's often on top of a gym's monthly membership fee. That's fine, though - because you don't have to pay a dime if you play your cards right.

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By now your regular workouts are as second nature as breathing or wearing pants before you leave the house, but now something -- an extended family holiday or an injury perhaps -- has ripped away your routine from you. Not working out for a day already makes you antsy. Not working out for a week or more? Oh, no, panic!

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Some days I just don't want to work out for an hour at the gym. And you know what? Sometimes workouts don't even need to be that long. Whenever I want to be in and out of the gym but still build strength and endurance, my go-to is this challenging, make-you-gasp-for-air workout called a barbell complex.

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When you don't feel like exercising you can come up with all kinds of excuses. We get it: Exercise is the worst. There are so many things you could be doing instead. You don't have time. And so on, and so on. But exercising regularly has too many benefits for us to stand idly by while you pretend these are good reasons for not working out.

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The last time you pried yourself out of bed at 6AM for that morning workout felt great: You heard birds chirping; coffee tasted especially amazing; you had the energy to run laps around your family and coworkers.