Advice on starting out at a gym and starting an exercise program

  • goodguy_914

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    Jul 06, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    Hi guys,
    I hope that I can get some good answers here. I seriously want to get myself back in shape and I was hoping that some of you might be able to help me out with that.

    I have worked with a trainer before and it was great --but that was about 6 years ago when I was first out of college and I had more free time and a younger body. Now I find myself out of shape and really, really wanting to get back on track with my health and fitness goals and routines.

    I just moved to a new state and I don't know anyone or anything about the gyms around here and I'll be honest that gyms and working out can be somewhat intimidating to me.

    If any of you might be able to help me out with advice or encouragement I would really really appreciate it.
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    Jul 06, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    What is your fitness goal? Weight loss? Weight gain? Body transformation? Body building? Ability to have intense sex for more than 5 minutes without taking a break?
  • goodguy_914

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    Jul 06, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    Goals:
    Probably weight loss which would lead to body transformation--not body building...just some great lean muscle that gets me ripped but not too bulky.
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    Jul 06, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    Check out RJ's plans: http://www.realjock.com/article/1164
  • goodguy_914

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    Jul 07, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    thanks. I will check that out. I am sure that I could probably do most of this stuff..just want to make sure that i have good form. I'm a bit shy about the gym but I figure that I just need to get over that
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    Jul 07, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    Check the free workouts here at http://www.realjock.com/article/1164 or also at BodyBuilding.com http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/workout.htm, especially http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/12_week_daily_video_trainer_main.htm

    BodyBuilding.com is not just for body builders but for anyone who wants to get started in the gym and doesn't know a barbell from a dumbbell... like me when I first started!
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jul 07, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    Wow! The daily video trainer is awesome!! Wish I would have known about it ages ago.
  • Halcyonz

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    Jul 07, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    goodguy_914 saidthanks. I will check that out. I am sure that I could probably do most of this stuff..just want to make sure that i have good form. I'm a bit shy about the gym but I figure that I just need to get over that


    When I first started working out all I did was pick up a Muscle and Fitness magazine haha. They have a ton of workout plans in every magazine, granted they are all mostly the same thing. Once you have a workout in mind. . . google the exercises if you don't know them. There are tons of videos showing proper form. For example, I had no f'ing idea what a hammer curl was when I first started and found a video showing me exactly what to do. I know it sounds lame, but the internet is a great tool for learning.

    Don't worry about being shy either. . . most of the guys/gals at the gym are really focused on their own workouts and wont pay you a bit of attention anyway unless you are overly grunting, huffing and puffing or dropping weights lol.

    I don't like to recommend people watching in the gym. . . because if you are just starting out, you don't know exactly what is good form. Swinging elbows, arched backs on presses, locked knees, and a boat load of other bad forms can all be common sights. Don't be fooled and get into any of those habits :0)
  • goodguy_914

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    Jul 07, 2010 6:46 PM GMT
    All great advice! Thanks guys. I feel like I am in a bit of an information overload right now but I am motivated to start. I'm trying to take things a bit slow at first...baby steps so that I don't get discouraged. Changing up the diet right now, and starting at the gym soon..I'm thinking cardio for about 4 days and strength training for 3 days...