No clue what I'm doing at the gym!!

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    May 25, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    Joined 3 days ago but Ive got no clue what I'm doing I've gotta loss weight but I also wanna gain muscle (mainly my arms)

    Here's what I've been doing:

    30 mins bike
    30 mins cross trainer

    And 10 reps of 12 bicep curls (I think that's what they're called lol) 13kg

    I feel like that not enough? I'm off from college now until September so I'm free everyday so I was planning on doing this every day?

    If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif
  • BranSim

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    Jul 12, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    While this is a quick overview, your best friends are going to be push-ups, squats, and bicycle crunches. Start with those and let me know what you think!
  • tautomer

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    Jul 12, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    Get a personal trainer, and or take classes at the gym you go to if they offer it.
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    Jul 12, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    just look online for a work out program
  • iErik

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    Jul 12, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    Do tricep exercises. A lot of beginners think if they do a million bicep curls, they'll get huge arms, but the biceps are a small portion of the arm.

    You could do dips, tricep pull-downs, skull crushers to name a few.
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    Jul 12, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    tautomer4314 saidGet a personal trainer, and or take classes at the gym you go to if they offer it.
    ^this - especially the trainer.

    If you're unsure about how to workout, you'll be setting yourself up for injury if you don't use a GOOD trainer to show you proper form.
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    Jul 12, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    tautomer4314 saidGet a personal trainer, and or take classes at the gym you go to if they offer it.
    ^this - especially the trainer.

    If you're unsure about how to workout, you'll be setting yourself up for injury if you don't use a GOOD trainer to show you proper form.


    This again. Its expensive but you can take the tools they give you and work with them later. I would caution you about watching what other people do. I see guys, even in great shape, do stuff wrong all the time.

    Also, if you use a machine, adjust the seat properly. I see so many guys that think it needs to be on the lowest setting for some reason.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 12, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    If you can afford it, a trainer is the way to max out this free time over the summer.

    Another approach is to simply focus on building stamina and toning, with cardio and the machine circuit. You can safely do that on your own. Eight weeks of that would be a good primer.

    If you progress quickly this summer, you should really get some advice before moving on to heavy lifting. When you get back to school there may be cheaper alternatives to one on one sessions at the gym.

    You'll get more value from your trainer if you do some homework about nutrition and theory. It's available free on this site.
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
    I concur, if you can afford it... Personal Trainers are great. Most gyms offer 5 or 10 "packs".

    The thing with PTs is that they want you as clients. I would suggest being 100% honest with your trainer up front. Tell him/her that you want them to help you learn how to work out, and that you can't afford (or if you can!) training with them all the time and you want to use your sessions with them to set up a framework for your future. I'd suggest meeting with them once or twice a week to set up a SUSTAINABLE routine and work from there. Its your money, your sessions.

    I've also shared this link with a number of folks and its a good 'starter' or basic routine complete with video. http://www.freedomfly.net/workouts/workout1.htm

    There are LOTS of routines online, but the trick is always FORM. If you have a friend who you can work out with to watch your form, and point out where you are bending wrong do that. (9 times out of 10 its your back that is fucking up the motion)



  • Latenight30

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    Jul 20, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    www.youtube.com
    has a great number of work outs or go buy a book that is what I did when I started.
    One thing not to neglect is DIET! you have to eat right or all the work will go for not.
    Congrats and welcome to the club. Good Luck and we are all here to help and support you in this new venture.
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    I agree with the advice about he trainer... especially if you don't know what you're doing. A trainer can not nly show you what to do, but give you structure and (more importantly) feedback. This is the exact reason I work with one.
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Just browse the internet for workout plans. There are workout plans on this website that you can use.

    You don't really need a personal trainer. It'll help to have one if you have the extra money but it isn't necessary. You can probably find the information on your own.... unless you're the type that likes to be spoon fed the information.
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    Personal trainers are good to have, if you can afford one. It also depends on your fitness level. At the beginning (if you dunno WTH you're doing) I think it's important to hire one to prevent injury especially if you have back problems or previous shoulder injuries and stuff. If you get a workout buddy who really know what he's doing and who is dedicated to his fitness, you'll save a lot of $$$. He'll just pass down a lot of useful info to you. Unfortunately guys at that level usually prefer to workout by themselves because they can concentrate better when they workout alone. icon_neutral.gif not all of them, of course.

    Some prefers to have other guys to spot them. Hehe when you're doing bench press and you have a hot guys' crotch staring at you in yo face, it provides that extra testosterone to get the job done! icon_wink.gif
  • honestsweat

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    Jul 20, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Take ownership of the issue and do the research yourself.

    Buy a magazine -- Muscle & Fitness, etc. -- and look at the workout plans they offer in each issue. Look online and you'll find even more.

    Go to a gym and ask the biggest guy around -- as long as he is not in the middle of a set -- if has any resource suggestions. (And thank him for his time, don't be a dick and just walk away.)

    Start to take a multivitamin for men. Unless you live on a farm and pick & eat your vegetables the same day or raise & slaughter your own animals you are not getting the nutrients you need from the food you consume. Remember how a tomato tastes so fresh when it is picked from the vine? Or an apple eaten right from a tree tastes so different than one from the grocery store? That change in flavor corresponds with the decline in nutrients.

    Too many people doom themselves to failure by saying "I'll let someone else think about that for me" or "The trainer will tell me what to do."

    Those are the same people who think that if they pay the monthly dues they should automatically receive the gym body.

    Man up and own it.