Hi guys! I'm starting a workout program and need some guidance :)

  • OffTLeash

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    Dec 16, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    So I'm pretty darn new here and I know I'm not very built or anything, but I wanna be. I'm starting this really awesome program called P90X and I know it will work, but I was just hoping some of you guys with a little more experience might be able to help me. Thanks so much! icon_biggrin.gif
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  • studflyboy87

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    Dec 16, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Hey bud. Welcome to RJ. Starting to workout for the first time can be intimidating. I know when you go into the gym for the first time, you get shy because of all the other ripped guys who know what they are doing. Just remember, we were all in your position once. The ripped guys who know what they are doing got to where they are because they kept going back to the gym.

    What are your goals? Do you want to be a huge bodybuilder? Do you want to be buff but be defined? Do you want to stay really skinny but tone up a little? Come up with a goal, then we can help give you some advice on how to build your workout.
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    Dec 16, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    studflyboy87 saidHey bud. Welcome to RJ. Starting to workout for the first time can be intimidating. I know when you go into the gym for the first time, you get shy because of all the other ripped guys who know what they are doing. Just remember, we were all in your position once. The ripped guys who know what they are doing got to where they are because they kept going back to the gym.

    What are your goals? Do you want to be a huge bodybuilder? Do you want to be buff but be defined? Do you want to stay really skinny but tone up a little? Come up with a goal, then we can help give you some advice on how to build your workout.



    This is the key piece of advice - what do you want to achieve? Whatever it is overall fitness is the thing to go for first then you go for specific goals such as building up your muscles and getting defined and ripped. But get 'conditioned' first. Go well!
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    Dec 16, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    You are definitely doing the right thing by asking for advice. Keep that up. Learn all that you can. Ask the guys here, ask the guys in the gym, read magazines, etc.

    If I were you, I would rewrite your question and tell the guys here what your goal is: more muscle? slim down? Be a fast runner? Have more endurance? Because how you train depends on your goal, it would be helpful for you to post a picture here of the kind of body that you are training for. That will help the guys here give you advice.

    I agree with the poster above me. The first thing you'll want to do is decide what your goals are. If you are looking to get big muscles, you'll want to focus more on weights (higher amount of weight but with a lower number of repetitions) and raising your quality calories. You may not want to do as much cardio because that will burn a lot of calories and keep you smaller. If you are looking to get tone without getting bigger, then you'll still want to focus on weights, but a little differently (lower amount of weight, but with a higher number of repetitions). You'll want to do cardio also to stay trim. If you are are working on a performance goal (faster, stronger, more endurance, etc.) then you'll want to train for that specifically.

    You said you were going to do p90x. From what I know of the program, that is going to help you get a leaner toned body. If you are already thin and you want to get "big", that probably isn't the best program because there is a high amount of cardio in that program, so it will be hard for your body to get big. Also, a lot of the exercises use lower weights with higher reps. That is great for toning up, not for bulking up. A friend of mine went through the p90x program. He started off with about 15 pounds of extra weight. When he was done, the weight was gone and he definitely looked a lot better because his muscles hot gotten a little bigger and were toned. The program had a very positive effect on his self confidence and overall well being.
  • pangsang

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    Dec 16, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    It's so nice to see you guys come together for someone, and thank you, OffTLeash, for starting this thread.

    I am in a similar situation, only that I'm probably twice your age :-( -- 45, to be exact. And.... a vegetarian.

    Arrived on the scene rather late, I should say, but have been trying to read up and take my abilities from less-than-one pushup (serious, I was such a wimp!) to 10 in one go. Now I can manage more sets with breaks of 45 - 60 seconds in between!

    That's all I've been doing the last couple of months, 3 times a week but quite sporadically.

    What I really want is to build muscle. Not at all to become a beefcake. But to lose the gut around my waist and to look more attractive overall. I don't even know if the "V-shaped" torso is still a possibility given my age and average build. But I'm sure that a middle-aged man with a well-defined physique can still be a huge turn-on.... (especially if you factor in the emotional maturity that comes with age)!

    Any words of wisdom you experienced gym bods can offer? I'd be very grateful.

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    Dec 16, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    For the v-shape pull ups and push ups are a great way to start, I'm a big fan of the belief that one should be able to lift thier own body weight.
    To the orginal poster for the bands youll see in the video i'd recomend iron woodys bands for the pull ups (no pun intended). P90X is a great routine n fairly fun to do. As mentioned before watch what you eat (my greatest downfall), and give a max effort. Take it easy.
  • OffTLeash

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    Dec 18, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the response guys icon_smile.gif I'm trying to both bulk up but be toned as well. Guess that's what most guys want though. Would it be helpful for me to put up body pics so you know where I'm working from?
    Thanks so much again icon_smile.gif