So I've been whining enough about loosing weight. Every time I read a thread on here about it, I sit and nod my head and join in solidarity with all you ladies who have HAD IT. So now I will do something about it. I began researching gyms/programs in the area. I've been a member of three gyms in the last four years and had two personal trainers. None of these have worked. The trainers were super nice, but we ended up chatting and I would do wimpy workouts that I hated. But I did them, because they were suppose to work. Yet they didn't last-it was great at first, but then I always ended up quitting, and I still can't fit into my pants. There are several studios around my new school-one is a cardio place with spinning/abs/etc. The other is a martial arts studio that offers kickboxing. Both of these sounded great to me-I could walk over after school, get a workout in and take off. But... they were also exactly what I was doing at the other gyms-group classes-and eventually quitting. Then Dh found a program called Crossfit-they have a studio in the small town where he works. This is perfect, as I have to pick him up every night anyhow. So I can leave school, workout and pick him up around 7. But... it's a bit scary. Instead of a normal trainer or group class, it combines both of them. You have a coach, and there is a group of people. They give you a super intense workout that you do for about 20 minutes, you feel like you want to throw up and then you're done. In my head, I'm like 'yeah, right'. I've ran for 1.5 hours before and not seen results. How can 20 minutes do ANYTHING. Then I started to do research. Eeeek! The pictures are amazing. Granted, they probably only put the best pictures on the site. But I put dh in charge of the food part (either the Zone or the Paleo way of eating-we don't say 'diet' around here, as it's as lifestyle change, not a 'for the moment' thing). So I think that with the food component, this could be really do-able. I've decided to give it a chance. I went in yesterday afternoon for my consultation, and the guy was GREAT at answering my questions. We all talked for about 1.5 hours on how it worked, why it worked, etc. He's the owner and the coach, so he has a lot invested. Then I had to do my first workout. It consisted of a 500m row, 40 squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups and 10 pull-ups. Timed. Usually you would do this three times in a row, but for the first time, it was just once. I wasn't nervous, but I wasn't expecting to do well, either. After all, there is a good reason I'm signing up for this. So he put on Brittany Spears by request, and I got going. When I finished, he told me my time-the number 2 time ever for women at that gym (6:38)!! I was only 10 seconds off the number 1 time, and it was because my arms totally gave out on the 10th pull-up, and I had to re-group. But that's the awesome thing about this gym-you do little mini-competitions each day at the workout, get your name up on a large board under that workout's name if you're in the top 5, and then you try again at the next workout (I'm all about small goals). So my new goal is to be in the top 3 of any workout I do. Anyhow, there are tons of these places all over the US. I'd recommend looking into them. I'm going to go tomorrow evening for a free session, just to make sure it's going to work, and then I'll probably sign up. Dh has already signed up, so I can look forward to some serious muscles soon... It's also great because you do things with the people you meet outside of the classes. Kayaking, hiking, bbq's-I love the social aspect of it. Less of a gym and more of a bonding between people in pain. This is my goal workout-I want to be able to do this in a few months. Does anyone else do this program? The other great thing about it is that the workouts are consistent from studio to studio, so you can compare your times for the different workouts with other people. I guess there is a whole forum dedicated to people who want to swap times and give tips, and then you can post videos of you doing the routines.