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At What Point Did You Start Working Out?


I can remember the first time I ever hit the gym as clear as day. I was a freshman in college looking to beat the freshman fifteen at my university's fitness center. I had no idea how to use any of the machines and was absolutely terrified of the weight area. Since everyone else seemed look like they knew what they were doing, I've always wondered when they all first started working out. I never got around to polling the entire fitness center, so I am curious about you guys: When did you first start working out?

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
since 5 years old!
idawson idawson 8 years
I started young I wanted to be like my brothers and play in junior minor league baseball but the folks were not hearing it. So I started playing tennis at around the age of 7 and then continued to do that - sprinkled a little track and field by the time I got to high school and when I was in college played very little tennis and running but mostly went to the gym. I have tried to start up the tennis thing again in fits and starts but mostly I try to make it to the gym a minimum of 2x per week and as many as 4-5x per week.
MEXICANBUTTAFLY MEXICANBUTTAFLY 8 years
Honestly, I did Ballet 3 times a week for 13 years. When I started college, I became lazy! After I started my allergy meds, I blew up. :( I was tired of people asking me If i was expecting! :( Now I take this class 4 times a week, and all my friends see a big difference, plus i'm happier. :)
maggie99 maggie99 8 years
I've always been sporty but I never considered it working out. It was just good fun. I've never enjoyed the gym much.. I need to chase a ball or run for a purpose. I'm so glad I had sports in school as it really gave me a sense of purpose and belonging. I feels so good to be active. I love how my body feels when I'm fit. I'm 30 now and still play soccer twice a week. I hope I stay injury free so don't have to give it up.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 8 years
I started when I was 12 with dancing and aerobic classes. And I haven't stopped except for short periods of time due to extra workload or a health problem. But the more I work out, the healthier I am :-)
rlveronica rlveronica 8 years
I've always been small... I still am, but after gaining my freshman 15 times 2, it was time to shape up. My stomach has never looked the same. :( I should have started before high school!
poetess poetess 8 years
Around 17-a late bloomer.
cereal_please cereal_please 8 years
i played basketball during middle school, but don't consider that "working out". i was pretty out of shape for an "athlete" until my sophomore year. then i took things seriously and started lifting and running. now the goal is to beat the freshman 15.
kikidior kikidior 8 years
i think most people they start in high school because theres the oh i want to do as many extracurriculars as i can blah blah but also theres always popularity in the sport teams equaling and easier high school year. i started when i was even younger though with kick boxing and such then in high school i kicked it up a notch to be more toned.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
During college, but I was on-and-off with it. But two years after I graduated in '04 did I start consistently working out, and now a year later I can't go a day without exercising.
sarabel sarabel 8 years
i wish my early gym years had been a bit healthier. young girls should definitely be initiated with a personal trainer. especially someone who can ask them about their goals, and the origin of the goals.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
The first time i worked out was in 7th grade. My friend told me that she did crunches and leg lifts every night so I started. I still kind of follow this routine, but now I just incoprate more exercise into my life as well.
leigha926 leigha926 8 years
i've been using cardio and weight equipment since i was probably seven or eight, which was when i started to get heavily into gymnastics...gave me good habits for life :)
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 8 years
sports in High school... actually working out at the gym college.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 8 years
I remember skipping gym class and hiding on mile day... I didn't consider myself an athlete, so I avoided exercise. But during college, exercise seemed to have less to do with who you hung out with, and more to do with health. So I started lifting and running, and now I'm more active than my high school self could have ever imagined.
SU3 SU3 8 years
Played soccer since I can remember & started swimming competitively when I was in fourth grade. Although not competitively - I still swim and coach/teach swimming. Started working out in the gym during highschool.
mlen mlen 8 years
i danced several hours a week from age 3-17 so that plus good genes (thanks mom) i was very thin through highschool. then i discovered college, college food, and college parties! and put on some weight. luckily i discovered the colelge gym too but i wasn't really into it all that much, just the occasional work out. after college when i wanted to get back in shape i hit up the gym more regularly!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
It took me a couple years after high school to start working out. I wish I started earlier.
nycgirl nycgirl 8 years
I did gymnastics when I was young, then tennis in middle school, and nothing in high school. I hit the gym in college, where I did weights for the first time. I'm such a gym snob though, because I like only the cleanest and well lit gyms. :/
Julie2812 Julie2812 8 years
During high school..when I was 13..best decision of my life :)
blackjade blackjade 8 years
My parents are both really active and loved to have little fitness challenges with us (my sister and I). The living room was challenge central: who could do the most push-ups, sit-ups... touch their toes, do a back bend, at the park my dad would be pull ups and I always wanted to try; we had many impromptu foot races..."hey guess what...onetwothree GO!). I was in dance from 7th grade until I graduated high school. I first worked out in an actual gym in college and since then I've always had a gym membership.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 8 years
I was a total couch potato up until my sr. year of high school. I was the girl that wouldn't run in P.E. or anything like that. But a couple things happened that year... I had gained some weight the previous year and I didn't want to start college so overweight (nevermind that I ended up putting on the freshman 15 and then some), plus I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma. Thanks to the asthma meds, suddenly working out was NOT PAINFUL for the first time in my life! Before that I had really thought that everyone's lungs hurt when they exercised.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 8 years
i played volleyball starting in junior high, and when i entered high school, they started us doing weight training and intense cardio during the summers before the season. my parents got me a membership to the ymca so i could train on my own, as well...and i've been working out ever since (but now at a much better gym than the good ol' y).
paperandcloth paperandcloth 8 years
I was on a highly competitive swim team from the time I was 12, so daily cross-training workouts were part of the game. It really taught me what hard work it is to be truly in shape, and not just sort of!
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 8 years
At home I had little access to necessary equipment or a good environment for exercising. Once I entered college, however, the college gym was not only well-equipped and easily accessible, but the college itself was very conducive to walking/running outside.
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