Designing a fitness plan

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    Jul 18, 2007 7:10 PM GMT
    Howdy,

    I have been slugging away at the gym for three years now with varying degrees of fidelity. Over the last two months, however, I have realized that if I structure my workout, stop hiding behind machines and use free weights, and seek the advice of those more knowledgeable than myself, I just might see some results. It has been working marvelously. To give a textual representation of the results:
    I have gone from this ( ) to this []

    it is very pleasing.

    But I need a book or two to help me design my workouts, plan my nutrition, and start to see some real gains.

    What books and resources do you hunky, ripped gents use or have found helpful? I know a trainer would really help me out, but being a poor grad student I don't have the cash at this point.

    any suggestions for resources is greatly appreciated.
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    Jul 18, 2007 10:09 PM GMT
    there are several:

    one of the best is, surprisingly, Weight training for Dummies; it gives you all the basics and discusses correct form. A terrific resource.
    another well-plotted (and well photographed wink wink) is 'Basic Training' by Jon Giswold. This book is a really good resource; plenty of background info, method, diet, etc. The author did a follow-up, 'Beyond Basic Training', that focusses more on Yoga, Pilates, Swiss Ball, that sort of thing...
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    Jul 19, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    how bout Body For Life, by Bill
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    Jul 19, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    Two book recommendations:

    Strength Training Anatomy by Frédéric Delavier - http://www.exrx.net/Store/HK/StrengthTrainingAnatomy.html

    Men's Health: The Book of Muscle - http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Health-Muscle-Authoritative-Building/dp/1579547699

    Some online recommendations:
    Scooby's Home Bodybuilding Workouts - http://fitness.scoobysworkshop.com/index.htm
    Contains detailed descriptions of exercises, discussion on bodybuilding / weight training approaches, and more.
    He also has a YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=scooby1961

    Exercise Prescription on the Net - http://www.exrx.net/
    "a free resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast", which includes video demonstration of the listed exercises

    ExpertVillage: Health and Fitness - http://www.expertvillage.com/category/health-fitness.htm
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    Jul 19, 2007 8:44 PM GMT
    Thank you all for your suggestions.

    I was recommended Body for Life and Amazon is taking its sweet time in sending it to me. When I have mined that one for all its information I will take a looksie at your other recommendations.

    I am sure this question has been asked before, so I apologize for reasking an oft asked question. I promise to not ask other simple beginner questions like "What is the difference between a barbell and a dumbbell".

    thanks,

    -MZ
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    Jul 19, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    A barbell is a single bar, either a straight bar or a crooked and shorter version (called an EZ curl bar). They initially weigh in at about 45 pounds, but the shorter is about 25 pounds. The barbell is about six feet in length. You can add plates onto them for various amounts of weight and hold them in place with collars. It is meant to be held with both hands.

    The bar is also textured and smooth in certain areas to help with gripping.

    Dumbbells are of a fixed weight, anywhere between 2 1/2 pounds to upwards and exceeding 100 pounds. These are meant to be held in one hand.

    That's the basic difference, the physical difference anyway, between the two.
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    Jul 19, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    ChicGymGeek: I was just kidding around, but thank you for being kind enough to help anyway. ^_^