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    Apr 20, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Hi, I'm 5'7", 120 lbs, skinny, and rather weak. I basically want to work out to get some muscle tone and look sexy, but I have several things getting in my way:

    1. Lack of a trainer. I don't have money to spend, so I can't hire a trainer.
    2. Lack of self-esteem. Going to the gym and seeing all those buff, hot guys really makes me feel like I shouldn't be there. There is a relatively secluded spot in the gym, but it only have dumbbells and treadmills. None of the benches and weight machines like in the other, more populated area.
    3. Lack of proper diet. Again, little money. How can I eat correctly on a college diet and the only places nearby are pizza, Subway, and Japanese restaurants? I could go to wal-mart, but again, no job and little money.

    I got an app on my ipod that, when I exclude the benches and such, tells me to do various dumbbell activities, but I always worry that I'm doing it incorrectly or that I'm not balancing my work out efficiently. So...uh, help please? Thanks. >>;
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    Apr 20, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    Also, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 20, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    I was in your shoes a while back. When I was 18, I was a 5'7" 105lb weakling. I currently stand at 5'7" (still) at 160lbs. Recently, I've weighed as much as 165.

    I can't address the self esteem issue, but I can direct you to a book I wish I had when I started working out. It's called Starting Strength, and it's written by Mark Rippetoe (a huge name in the bodybuilding training world). It's concise, simple to understand, goes extensively into the science behind all of the movements and philosophies it imparts, and most importantly -- it's very very effective, particularly for beginners. It covers all the fundamentals (including proper technique and form for all the exercises it suggests) and puts you on the right track for continued development as you progress.

    Here's a link to the book on Amazon... Start out by reading all the effusive reviews.

    http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-2nd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp/0976805421

    Hope this helps!
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    Apr 20, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Gaymerboy saidAlso, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
    There's not a scientific notation high enough to count the number of people who've asked.
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    Apr 20, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Gaymerboy saidNerd to MuscleNerd?
    It can't be done. Nerds cannot have muscle. In order to gain muscle, you must lose fat. Your brain is made up of mostly fat.

    See what I mean? It's proven science...nerds cannot be muscular. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Gaymerboy saidNerd to MuscleNerd?
    It can't be done. Nerds cannot have muscle. In order to gain muscle, you must lose fat. Your brain is made up of mostly fat.

    See what I mean? It's proven science...nerds cannot be muscular. icon_razz.gif


    Oh, gee, thanks. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Most gyms will give you at least one private session taking you around the place showing you exercises etc. when you start up. Just find a nice quiet gym somewhere. Weight Training will build your self esteem too, while you start to see changes in your body, you will start to feel better about yourself. It's a vicious (but not unhealthy!) cycle. Just start slow, don't be afraid to ask for help, and remember.. Just BEING in the gym is the first and most important step! I was in your shoes years ago as well. Start out in college being a pudgy 5'8" little shrimp, and I'm not exactly any muscle fiend now, but I definitely feel confident in my gains and feel confident in a GYM. It takes time, but it's well worth the effort.
  • DiverScience

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    Apr 20, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    I strongly recommend saving up for a training session or two. You don't need someone to watch you, you need someone who'll take you through a circuit or two and show you proper form on everything and help you build a workout specific to your goals. But the most essential is getting training in your from.

    The food stuff is harder, and the best answer is "stop eating out." You'll never really be able to have enough control if you eat out.

    Some basic things to know:

    1) Buy and cook in bulk. Wait until meat prices drop then buy a bunch and freeze batches in ziplocs. Cook in larger batches to save money as well.

    2) Once you've cooked in bulk, divide stuff up into servings in gladware or what have you. Either you can freeze them so you can rotate, or you can just eat the same thing for most of the week.

    3) Look at your goals and cook to them. For example, if you need to cut calories, use things like cabbage for bulkers to increase the amount you can eat to feel "full" without increasing calories.

    4) Remember there are other protein sources. Meat is great, but when you're on a budget you can use tofu, edamame, beans, and such to supplement that protein sometimes for much cheaper.

  • Apr 20, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Gaymerboy saidAlso, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
    There's not a scientific notation high enough to count the number of people who've asked.


    6.023 x 10^23 might do a decent job
  • kietkat

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    Apr 20, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    jackofhearts46 said
    paulflexes said
    Gaymerboy saidAlso, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
    There's not a scientific notation high enough to count the number of people who've asked.


    6.023 x 10^23 might do a decent job


    Oh god...
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    kietkat said
    jackofhearts46 said
    paulflexes said
    Gaymerboy saidAlso, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
    There's not a scientific notation high enough to count the number of people who've asked.


    6.023 x 10^23 might do a decent job


    Oh god...


    oh yeah! didn't you know? Avogadro was a muscled freak! lol
  • metta

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    Apr 20, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    I like to get my favorite youtube clips from personal trainers and put them on my nano.

    Just find ones you like and subscribe to them.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottHermanFitness

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vicsnatural

    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

    http://www.youtube.com/user/leemhayward

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24
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    Apr 20, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI like to get my favorite youtube clips from personal trainers and put them on my nano.

    Just find ones you like and subscribe to them.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottHermanFitness

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vicsnatural

    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

    http://www.youtube.com/user/leemhayward

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24


    I recognize Scott and have actually used some of his exercises. However, I feel like sometimes he has poor form (who doesn't?, especially when making a 15 min crash course workout video).

    Idk, just be aware of your form! Get an iPod, and tune in and drop out to the world around you.
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:00 PM GMT

    Watching Scott makes it waaay to hard to concentrate on the routine he is trying to demonstrate. Good luck OP, and yes you can.
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    I started going 2 years ago because I had to get back in shape to get through the physical testing for Police. It was very intimidating at the start.

    But I sucked it up, got one of the employees to show me a routine, and committed to going 3 days a week to start. The days I really didn't feel like going i pushed myself out the door.

    Just go if you really want it. It's going to be intimidating, you're not going to know what you're doing right away, but that doesn't matter. As long as you push yourself to get there you'll get used to it, and watch other people to see what they're doing. When you get more comfortable, ask people. I found they were more willing to share than I thought they would be.
  • spades

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    Apr 20, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    When I started working out (6 months ago) I started with a machine circuit. Sure I was in between all the housewives, but it allowed me to build up my strength and endurance to such a level that I can now gym in the free weight section without feeling insecure (although I'm far from my goal!). It also helped me with my form as there was basically only the right way to do it.

    The nutrition I cant help you with, I spend more than my rent on food and supplements icon_razz.gif

    Good luck man, can't wait to see your progress!
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    jackofhearts46 said
    paulflexes said
    Gaymerboy saidAlso, sorry I'm probably like the 342781st person to ask for things like this. icon_redface.gif
    There's not a scientific notation high enough to count the number of people who've asked.


    6.023 x 10^23 might do a decent job


    Yeah, if you're a chemist...
  • BlueKoolAid

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    Apr 20, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    1.) well you don't have to have a trainer. i to was little (135lbs) when i started. i didnt have any money either so i turned to fitness mags to finding workout routines. and I used Youtube to show me how do certain exercises i didnt know how to do. so that might work for you as well

    2.) one way to help with the self-esteem would be to go to the gym at the lesser popular times of the day when there are fewer people there. I started in the summer time when there where fewer students on campus and in the gym. i could do all the exercises and there wasn't the intimidating muscle heads there to make me feel weak haha. so try going earlier in the morning or later in the day when most people are either to lazy to get up and go, or to tired to leave the house and go icon_wink.gif

    3.)well i was a student as too and didnt have any money either, so i got a bridge card lol. so the government paid for me to GET BIG lol

    so hope that helps icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Oh wow, lots of encouragement! icon_eek.gif Thanks to everyone who posted!

    I'm going to try my hardest to push myself to go to the gym regularly. Sometimes the day-after soreness makes me go, "Uuuuuuuugh," and it'll persist into the next day when I originally scheduled another round. I'll try to find some way to drag me out the door. icon_razz.gif

    As far as food goes, I should've been more specific. I can only prepare microwavable foods. I won't get a stove top or anything until next semester when I move into an apartment with an actual mini-kitchen. The only meats that I've been able to prepare are microwavable ham and chicken-noodle soup. Otherwise it's usually rice or peanut-butter sandwiches. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    you dont even need a microwave, i mananged to pull it off for the last month without ne electricity at all, i jus got it turned back on today, but thats another story, look to the meal plans on the home page on here, i started at bout ur size, went all the time, hid n the corner and watched, sat on machines an watched, n went when it wasnt busy. it gets easier, as for the soreness, thats normal when ur starting out, and after a couple weeks u wont b sore ne more, as for a routine, how many days a week do u wanna go?
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    The soreness can be a deterrent so make sure you're working alternate muscle groups each day and take a rest day every two or so days. I found push days/pull days/legs to be a good workout plan when I started so I wouldn't overwork the same groups.

    Eating healthy can be pretty cheap too. For what you spend at a fast food place you could probably buy, milk, eggs and bread. There are cheap ways to eat healthy and high protein.

    Don't get discouraged and don't be intimidated by the big, buff guys—they were smaller once too!
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 21, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    And remember, it is a process...It doesn't happen over night!!!
  • metta

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    Apr 21, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI like to get my favorite youtube clips from personal trainers and put them on my nano.

    Just find ones you like and subscribe to them.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottHermanFitness

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vicsnatural

    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

    http://www.youtube.com/user/leemhayward

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24



    To get the form down, I would highly recommend checking out vics natural and his personal web site:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/vicsnatural

    He really focuses on form and proper breathing techniques more than any of the other ones that I have found.
    http://vicsnatural.com/
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    Apr 22, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    justinlee86 saidAnd remember, it is a process...It doesn't happen over night!!!


    very true!!
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    Apr 22, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI like to get my favorite youtube clips from personal trainers and put them on my nano.

    Just find ones you like and subscribe to them.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottHermanFitness

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vicsnatural

    http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

    http://www.youtube.com/user/leemhayward

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24



    Yes, watch the videos. I'm always learning something new.


    When I was 30 I was 5'10" 130 ( I ran marathons)
    I decided to stop the marathons and hit the gym.
    Yes, I was thin and knew it and had to face going to the gym with buff people there...but I remember something that happened to me years earlier.

    I was running with a friend of mine and I saw this very heavy(fat) woman jogging...and I said, " Look at how fat that woman is" My friend said, " But at least she's out here trying to do something"
    I never forgot what he said....and when I went to the gym all 130pounds of me at 5'10"...I remembered what he said.

    As you can see....I stuck with the gym and within a sort time....