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Worried about going back to gym, will be people know???

  • lizinohio
  • Loveland, OH
  • 2 years ago

I all I am almost 6 weeks post op and getting to the point where I can get back to the gym. Before My surgery I went to the gym every day and saw the same people every day. Now being away for almost a month and a half I am scared to go back because I am afraid people will notice my tummy tuck. I have also lost 10 pounds since surgery. I won't be able to do things right away like I did before and I was the over achiever before. Does anyone have any suggestions for me on how to handle returning to the gym and possible questions because people are so nosy. I was sick last winter for a couple of weeks and got question after questions when I returned back. Ugh!

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Thanks guys! When you guys went back to the gym for the first time how did it go??

It went really well.  I went very slow and was extremely cautious.  It was hard for me to ease back in because I wanted to be out the gates like a bull.  

I was not allowed to do any ab work for 6 months so I really had to adjust the way I worked out.  I did have some extra swelling after each work out for the first 3-4 weeks.  My scar also turned bright red after each work out.  

The rule to follow when returning to the gym is small baby steps.  And if something hurts you need to modify the move and make adjustments.  You do not want to destroy all of the new work the doctor did so go slow.  

This is such a short time in your life and you only get this one chance to heal properly so do it well.


I would not say anything at all.  But if someone asks just tell them your lower back is hurting you and leave it at that.  Go and do your thing and don't worry.  

Thanks you too! That is awesome you are out and walking already. Because of the business of the holidays my doctor wanted me to lay low and wait till 4 weeks start exercise walking. Today I ran a little on my treadmill in the basement and it felt so wierd. I couldn't do it long but I did so I feel like I am slowling getting better. Ugh, this is taking longer than I expected! Good luck to you it sounds like you are doing great!
I'm 15 days PO at this point. I'm cleared to walk on a treadmill at 2.5 for 15-20 minutes max. Today in Wisconsin it's over 50 degrees so I'm taking my exercise outside and meeting a girlfriend at a nearby coffee shop. Back to work next Tuesday and hopefully back to the gym for a real sweat in the next 2-3 weeks. Best to you!
LOL that is so true men are very oblivious :-) Thank you that made me feel better. I am going to head back next week. I am going to practice on the spinning bikes for a week before I actually take a class and go at wierd times that I don't typically go so I feel better about going later and seeing people I know. If someone asks depending on who it is I might tell, otherwise I will make something up. How far along are you? When do you plan on going back?
Why to you go to gym? To feel fit and healthy, right? Every person who goes to the gym (and I'm there 6 days a week and can't wait to get back) want to feel better and look better. Every woman there will appreciate the fact that there are some things no amount of exercise can change. Before my TT I had a long discussion about it with my personal trainer. He understood my frustration and was supportive; he's commited to helping me get back on track safely when I'm cleared to return.

I wouldn't worry about what other people think or notice - you did it for you, you'll feel better in the long run. I did it because I wanted to look as good as I feel -- celebrate your choice and get back on the exercise.

If you don't want to tell folks what you had done, don't, just say you had to take a break for medical reasons and you're happy to be back. My guess, if you did say something you'd be surprised at how supportive (and a bit envious) many women will be. And men -- don't worry the men -- they are oblivious.