Should I start muscle building?

  • sfboy987

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    Jul 09, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    So I am thinking of commencing a muscle building program, but I am not sure if I should start now. Ever since I started going to the gym, my goal has always been trying to lose weight and maintain a lean body. I have definitely made progress, and I am satisfied with how I look now, but I feel like my body fat percentage might still be too high. A trainer once told me that it is better to cut down the fat by losing weight first, rather than gaining weight and muscle. What do you guys think about this? I am 5'8, about 152 pounds, I haven't measured my body fat percentage in a while but my guess is that it is over 12%. Thanks for any advice!
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    Jul 09, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    train muscle all the time. Start now. It burns fat to keep it there, so the more you have the more calories you consume just by being alive. The trainer was wrong.

    train muscle.
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    Jul 09, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    the trainer wasn't necessarily wrong, if he's like most trainers he's thinking about health and well being first and trying to remove the excess fat (if you have any) plus losing weight and having more definition as you build muscle can be a very strong motivator for a person to keep going.

    Building muscle burns more calories to a point, having more muscle wont make it easier to burn off the fat if your eating isn't right.

    Continue doing resistance training, it can be within the 8 to 12 rep range if you want, but continue to maintain a healthy diet, do cardio training, just aim to burn a few more calories then you eat and by few I mean a hundred or so.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 09, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    Agree with Lostboy.To build muscle,exercise it regularly.Eat enough protein,1.5g/kg. body weight.Keep the cardio at your present level(or maybe a bit less.) to prevent muscle wastage.
    But going from your profile picture you have built plenty of muscle already.You look defined now.
    On the fat issue,my suggestion would be to cut out some fat,like saturated animal types,from your diet to help with your general health and aid definition;a leaner physique looks more muscled.You could add plant based oils to help with joints,etc.
    All the best with your training!
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    Jul 10, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    If you want good muscle definition you have to have some muscle.
    But most importantly, you have to eat right...except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    DO IT. Don't worry about your weight or BMI until way later, when you are on a cut cycle. You're fine as you are right now and already have a solid base to start with- not over weight, not underweight, and apparently somewhat active. You WILL gain weight as you gain mass, but don't worry about that at all, It takes time.

    Check out bodybuilding.com There are a ton of resources out there, you just have to search it out, and tweak it to suit your own body type, goals and fitness levels. Eating is very important. If you lift 4-5x a week, but eat like garbage, then you're just spinning your wheels. It's a lifestyle bud.


    Good luck to ya.

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    Jul 10, 2011 9:58 AM GMT
    1 Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”


    A deplorable sin all bodybuilders are guilty of. So serious, it is worthy of righteous smiting by God himself.

    Not satisfied with the well-proportioned and functional body that God provided to serve Him, they defile themselves in hatred and disrespect for their Creator.

    In order to “bulk up” and make freak spectacles of them selves, the bodybuilder ingests synthesized elements of bull semen and mainlines anabolic steroids intended for cattle. This is no different than being willfully and enthusiastically sodomized by an Angus bull every time the wicked defilement takes place.



    Just to show you the nutcases out there... do what feels and looks good to you.
    Just remember, The Mirror Has Two Faces....good luck!!
  • sfboy987

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    Jul 11, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    Wow great responses, thanks a lot guys!