Where to begin for fitness.

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    Jul 08, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
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    Okay ALL you truly beautiful guys. I have been on this site for only a short time and almost every single one of you guys is drop dead gorgeous to look at. So my question is this.

    I haven't lifted a weight consistently EVER in my life, so i feel a wee bit intimidated going into the gym and not really having any real idea of what i am doing, I don't want to kill myself doing 150lb bench presses, or curls with 50 lb dumbbells.

    So most of the work outs I see on here are geared to you folks who are already beautiful.

    For me the slug, its a bit different, I need a good starting place.

    I have a membership at Golds in Redondo beach and their are a lot of killer looking dudes there, so my envy level goes up and confidence goes down.

    Would it be worth getting a trainer, or is that just a financial drain?

    Please give me legit suggestions not just b.s.

    Thanks, to all of you, you are all an inspiration.

    Gregg
  • qd2009

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    Jul 08, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    I had the same problem too; I had no idea what to do in a gym.

    I think the best thing to do is to get a trainer--
    You'll learn good form and technique, and the trainer will build you a workout program to help you fulfill your goals.
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    Jul 08, 2011 7:07 AM GMT
    Go with a friend if you don't want to blow money on a trainer, but are incredibly intimidated in the gym. Otherwise be one of those cardio bunnies and start at cardio until you work your nerve to move on to the weight room.
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:46 AM GMT
    I just started going REGULARLY and doing all the machines in a circut so I knew I was hitting all the muscle groups and doing controled actions to build some strength.
    Slowly started reading and gatherig info and have transitioned about 60% into free weights.
    Still Learning and changing it up here and there and I thin thats what keeps it interesting.

    Good luck
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    Jul 08, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Since you're military, you're probably more prepared for weightlifting than most newbs like me. First things first: write down your goals. Make sure they are specific, measurable, and attainable. Your training regimen will be designed with your goals in mind.

    The "Big Three" lifts (and their numerous variations) should be staples of your workout regimen - bench press, squat, deadlift. Find a knowledgeable person to show you the proper form for these lifts before attempting them!
  • jim_sf

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    Jul 08, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    wildtype87 saidFind a knowledgeable person to show you the proper form for these lifts before attempting them!


    +a gajillion! Good form will not only yield better results, but it will also prevent injuries - and on that holy trinity, you can hurt yourself very, very badly if you aren't doing things properly.
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    Jul 08, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    gamh7 saidCOLORED TEXT GOES HEREBOLD TEXT GOES HERE

    Okay ALL you truly beautiful guys. I have been on this site for only a short time and almost every single one of you guys is drop dead gorgeous to look at. So my question is this.

    I haven't lifted a weight consistently EVER in my life, so i feel a wee bit intimidated going into the gym and not really having any real idea of what i am doing, I don't want to kill myself doing 150lb bench presses, or curls with 50 lb dumbbells.

    So most of the work outs I see on here are geared to you folks who are already beautiful.

    For me the slug, its a bit different, I need a good starting place.

    I have a membership at Golds in Redondo beach and their are a lot of killer looking dudes there, so my envy level goes up and confidence goes down.

    Would it be worth getting a trainer, or is that just a financial drain?

    Please give me legit suggestions not just b.s.

    Thanks, to all of you, you are all an inspiration.

    Gregg




    ooooh io use to go to gold's in redondo. i lived a stones throw from the gym (: i miss that gym.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 08, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I think starting with a trainer who can target your workout to your needs is a great start. Keep in mind that your workouts are only part of the program. Diet is key, so don't waste your hard work in the gym with a diet that can cancel it out. The right combination of diet and exercise is the key to fitness.
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    Jul 08, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    Gold's in Redondo can be intimidating, especially with some guys there into pharmaceuticals. I think getting a trainer is an excellent idea, not only for their knowledge, but to give you confidence in having a program.

    If finances are a consideration, a reasonable thing to do is to get a trainer with the going in intent to get you started on a program which you will then proceed on your own, maybe with occasional sessions with a trainer. That way you won't lead them on thinking they have a full-time client. The more time you do spend with a trainer would be better, but it does not have to be an all or nothing thing.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 08, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    Lots of good advice above.Your military background will have prepared you to some degree for this.My advice would be to go gently at first,even under do it,then begin to step up.I`d also recommend some light cardio to strengthen you aerobically,burn that fat off,and tone up.