Going it Alone - Tips?

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    Jul 12, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I've been working out since the start of the year and I've been fortunate enough to have a trainer for that whole time. In a months time, however, I'll be moved house, I'll have to find a new gym and lose my trainer.

    It'll be the first time since I started that I've had to work out alone. I'm really not looking forward to it and am pretty nervous. Just wondering if you've got any tips? Replacement exercises for when you don't have someone there with you? Motivation or safety advice? How do you reach muscle fatigue without someone to help you?

    Thanks a bunch,
    cold
  • Ironman4U

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    Jul 13, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    It will be ok...I've worked out with a trainer, with a workout buddy and by myself. More by myself actually. Finding a workout bud is a great option. May not happen right away but look for opportunities to make it happen. Always great to meet new folks that share a similar interest.

    Otherwise, going it alone can be fine too. Learn to challenge and push yourself. The way I look at it, you can spend an hour or two at the gym and go through the motions...or you can spend the same time and push yourself. You'll always feel better afterwards and get better results by pushing yourself.

    You can always get a spotter when you need it too. Just ask.
  • prime02

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    Jul 13, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    For motivation... Don't be nervous that everyone is watching you. Trust me, they're not. When I see a skinny guy or someone I can tell that they're new I think it's awesone.

    Everyone starts somewhere so always keep your head up
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    They only stare if you are making a tool of yourself on the workout equipment. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    lots and lots of compound lifts and remember to do cardio.

    Unwritten rule #1, ask for a spot if you need it, 99% of the guys wont have any problem with it.
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    Working out alone is the best... your own pace, nobody rushing you, your own exercises.

    bodybuilding.com has a huge database of workouts and articles to help you
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    I find making a great play list helps me stay concentrated on my workouts and helps me push. I have specific songs for different workouts as well. It sounds crazy / geeky but it totally works. For example, I indulge privately in 'It's Raining Men' - and everytime the weather sisters say 'raining men' during my ab supersets, I do a crunch. Well I can tell you that they say it a lot in addition to my normal rhythm and man do those abs burn! Just come up with your own way of pushing yourself.
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    Know what I'd do - - - if I was in your shoes and new to working out - without a trainer....all the factors you described? I'd get Mario Lopez' book and follow the advice in it. I don't own it, but I've looked through it while visiting a buddy. This book makes more sense to me, than other books I've seen. Check it out and see if it makes sense for your work out plans. Good luck!
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    This book is pretty phenomenal too:

    The-Men-s-Health-Big-Book-of-Exercises-9

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  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jul 13, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    Like you, I was new to the gym and had a trainer for an extended period. Before our time ended, I made sure I had all the routines written down and my personal bests listed as well.

    I continued our same routines for about 6 weeks and then switched some out for ones I found on RJ and bodybuilding.com. Once I started having the confidence to put together my own routine, it felt great.

    I now have a workout buddy and this helps for those times when I'm tempted to skip the gym to take care of businees or feel "too tired" to go. I'm always glad to have my gym buddy there. Your new gym will likely have a place for you to post looking for a workout bud if you want one.

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    Jul 13, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    cold asking for advice?

    i've seen it all now.
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    Jul 13, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. How are you guys reaching muscle failure without someone there to spot you? Do you avoid doing certain exercises?

    AvadaKedavra saidcold asking for advice?

    i've seen it all now.

    Are you saying I'm a know-it-all?
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    Jul 13, 2011 9:36 AM GMT
    cold saidThanks for the advice guys. How are you guys reaching muscle failure without someone there to spot you? Do you avoid doing certain exercises?

    most guys don't go to complete OMG i'm going to be crushed under the bar failure, it's more I'll stop when I'm a the last rep before the failure rep.

    So your last rep is the rep before the last rep you wouldn't be able to finish.
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    Jul 13, 2011 10:32 AM GMT
    cold said
    Are you saying I'm a know-it-all?

    If you were a know-it-all wouldn't you know he was calling you a know-it-all and not feel the need to ask?
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    Jul 13, 2011 10:40 AM GMT
    RJ has several workout programs you take a look into. Each day has a list of workout tasks to complete. Sometimes when there isn't a trainer pushing you have a the workout program to follow. icon_biggrin.gif

    Muscle Building 12week is a fun program.