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  • Beauregard

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    Jan 27, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    So yeah, I’ve never really exercised before. And that’s not hyperbole either – I’ve very literally never exercised before; a lifetime of MUDS, online gaming, and social anxiety has ensured that. Last week, however, I buckled down, admitted to myself that I just don’t feel good, and splurged on a membership to 24 hour fitness.

    Now, before anyone links me to several articles on here about fitness, know that I’ve read them already - I've also taken several courses on nutrition, and I’ve been taught proper form and the whatnot – so yeah, I have the knowledge, that’s not what this thread is about. The actual execution of said knowledge, however…

    Two minutes on a tread mill at a gentle pace and I start breaking a sweat.

    I get winded after jogging for thirty seconds.

    I can’t lift more than ten or fifteen pounds.

    I have a tendency of falling down while remaining perfectly still.

    Hell, someone even walked over specifically to me to call me a, “noob.” And I’m not even overweight, for Christ’s sake! I’m skinny fat at worst. For all he knew I could’ve been sporting a six pack under my friend’s “Red Jump Suit Apparatus” tee.

    I know that I’ve just started and I’ll eventually get better, but honestly, does everyone really get better? As I said, I’ve read the articles, I’ve seen the before and after photos, but is the world just bsing me? Have all you fit guys spent the last century tricking us slobs into thinking it was possible –just so you could laugh at us behind our backs when our thighs chaffed and we got shin splints? Honestly, right now being able to run at a constant pace, and not being born a Greek god, seems like some kind of conspiracy theory. I mean, I’m not about to stop trying (the cost of membership alone was too much for me to just give in), but right now it just doesn't look like it’s possible. I thought being slim meant I was healthy by default!

    Maybe my goals are too farfetched, though. All I want is too feel healthier, be able to run decently, and get back my abs – up until about a year ago those came very naturally to me. I also have a little bit of extra padding on my chest that I want to get rid of; I’m not particularly sure why I have fat there, but it needs to go. Am I asking for too much? Can it really be done? I’ve spent the last 24 hours reading through every relevant post and thread on here - were those that made the big, meaningful gains either a) lucky, or b) born with some innate, unnatural ability to run for more than a minute straight?

    So yeah, can I actually improve? Or am I destined to remain a weird, kind of chubby guy who breaks a sweat opening a jar of sweet pickles?

    I apologize in advance for posting this thread.
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    Jan 27, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    Good for you in joining the gym. Now USE that membership. Gradually work your way into training. Otherwise injuries will cause setbacks and turn you off from training. Also keep a written log of various limb measurements and body weight, updating every couple weeks or so. It will show your advances over time when you may visually not see them.

    Another thing, never, ever denigrate yourself. It's self destructive and counterproductive..
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    Jan 27, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI'm trying to think of all the things I did the first time and was AWESOME....hmmm....riding a bike? --no; baking a cake? --no; doing long division? --hell no; driving a car? --heh heh...nope.

    I really can't think of anything I've ever done for the first time (except maybe sucking on my mama's tit) that I thought "damn, YOU'RE GOOD at this!" icon_biggrin.gif

    Cut yourself some slack, dude. There will be a learning curve, but you'll get there. icon_wink.gif


    icon_smile.gif Such a nice post. I agree with everything. Practice makes perfect icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI'm trying to think of all the things I did the first time and was AWESOME at....hmmm....riding a bike? --no; baking a cake? --no; doing long division? --hell no; driving a car? --heh heh...nope.

    I really can't think of anything I've ever done for the first time (except maybe sucking on my mama's tit) that I thought "damn, YOU'RE GOOD at this!" icon_biggrin.gif

    Cut yourself some slack, dude. There will be a learning curve, but you'll get there. icon_wink.gif


    This times a thousand. You've been at this for a week. Nobody becomes a muscle god or underwear model in a week. (As proof, I offer this: if a week in the gym was all it took to be ubersexy, then we'd all look like that.) Most of the "big, meaningful gains" you see are over several months or years, and involve a lot of dedication and hard work.
  • ATXnative

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    Jan 27, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    do your best
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    Stay focused, and don't let perceived failures get in your way. Be proud of this first step you've already taken and remind yourself of the successes you are realizing daily.

    And, are you serious that someone really just walked up to you and called you a "noob"? He would have gotten the shit knocked out of him if he did that to me.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI'm trying to think of all the things I did the first time and was AWESOME at....hmmm....riding a bike? --no; baking a cake? --no; doing long division? --hell no; driving a car? --heh heh...nope.



    I don't know about you, but I was damn good at doing long division when I first tried it...then again, I'm Asian. icon_cool.gif

    But seriously, to the OP, it sounds like you're just having a bit of self-doubt. That's normal for everyone at all fitness levels. Training really is a mental workout as much as it is a physical workout (if not more). You just have to learn to ignore or turn off that little nagging voice in your head that keeps saying "You can't do it" or "You should just quit while you're ahead".

    I second the suggestion about keeping a workout log, except I'd record your workouts (every exercise, the sets and reps, and the weight) every time you do them, and do bodily measurements (arm, waist, chest, etc.) every month or so.

    Just remember: progress, not perfection.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI'm trying to think of all the things I did the first time and was AWESOME at....hmmm....riding a bike? --no; baking a cake? --no; doing long division? --hell no; driving a car? --heh heh...nope.

    I really can't think of anything I've ever done for the first time (except maybe sucking on my mama's tit) that I thought "damn, YOU'RE GOOD at this!" icon_biggrin.gif

    Cut yourself some slack, dude. There will be a learning curve, but you'll get there. icon_wink.gif


    What Yourname said... definitely.

    Don't worry about the sweat. That will likely decrease as you improve your conditioning; Or not... I sweat like a pig during workouts, but have learned to love it as a sign that I'm giving my body the exercise it deserves.

    Just take it slow, and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts. You're not racing anyone or in competition with anyone but yourself! Persevere and I'm sure that you will be pleased with the results.

    Good luck!
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    you will definitely get better....especially at your young age ....just keep at it. If youre like me, it may seem a little while before you notice any progress...but then it will come pretty fast. Congrats on starting out. If you keep it up, youll probably get hooked like most of us do.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    You will feel better.
    Don't give up, feeling better and feeling the benefits of exercise are cumulative and at first can feel a bit foreign and not identifiable.

    It's easy to attribute feeling better to other things that are more familiar.
    Don't give up, you will feel better, you will feel better about how you look.

    Don't be afraid of failing. All good gains come from pushing past comfort and familiarity... in the gym and in life.

    *There is no failure till you fail to keep trying.*
  • zackmorrisfan...

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    Jan 27, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    I will echo the sentiments of many that have already posted. It will get better. You will feel better! Work hard at it and ENJOY it. Always challenge yourself and you'll see results. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    Rome was not built in a day, hell I've been trying for 6 years now and Rome still isn't built for me! But I'm still trying and I'm a lot older than you icon_smile.gif Hang in there and congrats on making the move! YAY!!!
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    Hopefully the guy who told you you were a noob wasn't a jerk abou tit.

    Starting something you are horrible with is extremely discouraging. Just slowly add more and more weight to the lifts you do. Add a few minutes each time you run. Its not easy, but you'll get somewhere.
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    Beauregard icon_smile.gif ,

    It does get better. So long as you are taking steps towards your goal. No matter how small. I'm telling you, it will.

    I used to be a HUGE gaming nerd. You're talking to a lvl 85 Gnome Mage.(I don't know if that is still impressive anymore), putting together computers, chess club assassin! The difference is that I was also a HUGE guy. I wasn't a skinny guy. I was a chubby one. Rightfully so for all the time i spent slaying Horde!

    Back to the point, it does get better. Believe me, when i started it was hell. I couldn't run for long periods of time. Hell, I had to start walking before I could even run. I thought I really "sucked" then. I started with a 10lb dumb bell and worked to the 15 one and just a few weeks ago i bought a 25lb one. All things come with time and working at it. You don't have to be crazy fitness person to get the Greek god body.

    Anyway, I am probably going on and on just like you wouldn't want to hear. Many of the guys below have said some great things. I believe you should track your progress as you go. Tracking is also a good motivator... numbers don't lie icon_smile.gif I saw my weight drop and cloths fall off and that was proof enough for me. I will have a single pair of shorts i would run in that I wear from my very first day of running. Its a great reminder of what once was... and how far one can go if you set your mind to it.


    A thing to remember is... "Anything worth having, doesn't come easy."

    It gets better sir!!!
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    1.) Talk with a doctor. In particular, you probably want to mention the part about falling down when perfectly still. Not that it's troublesome and you should be worried, but for you exercise is a big lifestyle change, and it's usually wise to consult with a doctor before engaging in one.

    2.) Stay away from all machines and weights that make you look like a noob. Instead of running or jogging, use an elliptical or a stationary bike. Instead of free weights, use the weight lifting machines. Right now, you are fighting the twin demons of giving up and losing faith, and the less you feel watched and judged, the easier it will be to move forward.

    3.) If you can afford it, get yourself a starter package with a personal trainer. 24h has them for cheap. At the very least, they offer free advice for the first time. Ask the trainer if he/she could casually introduce you to members of their acquaintance..

    4.) Take up classes that don't require a ton of experience and muscle. Yoga is great. This is not for the exercise alone, but to meet people. You are much more likely to go back for more workout if you know people.

    5.) Be realistic. It takes a lot of time to build muscle, but it stays with you for a lot of time. Don't look in the mirror and become disappointed when you can't see improvement in one week. After all, you wouldn't want those muscles to be gone if you can't work out for a week, right?

    6.) It's not all about the pretty. Building strength and endurance are important for a lot more than just looks. Statistically, you will be healthier and happier if you work out regularly.

    7.) Be very careful. Right now, your muscles, bones, and tendons don't really know what they are good for and will tend to break or tear more easily. Aside from the obvious downside of being injured, while so you won't be able to work out.
  • A_1991

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    Jan 28, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    Dont worry if you make a fool of yourself at the gym. I just joined 2 weeks ago for my new years resolution and so far its been great! Dude I'm skinny as a fuck when I started 2 weeks ago and couldnt pick up anything more than 20 pounds, 30 at max, on my arms without looking like a fool. But you know what? No one cares at the gym if your making an ass out of yourself trying to figure stuff out and getting in shape from what I learned at the gym. Just keep focused and things would improve and be consistent. Try to stay at the gym at least an hour max and dedicate one day to weight training and another to cardio. Also let your muscles rest in between and dont over work them. Work on your abs when you are weight training, thats what the trainers at 24 hour fitness told me since they said its better like that and I dont know why. AND EAT! ALOT!

    Thats all the advice I can give you from another noob still learning icon_neutral.gif
  • tazzari

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    Jan 28, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Yes, you do get better - but it takes time and patience with yourself.

    When I was in high-school I was much the same as you, and so embarrassed at the shape I was in that I did my first 6 months of running at night under the cover of the dark! I didn't starts skiing till college, and I didn't get serious about it till after college, but in the end, I made three Olympics.

    You probably don't want to take it that far! icon_smile.gif But if an out-of-shape klutz like me can do it... And I still think I'm about the clumsiest person on the planet!

    But it's been fun, and I've been in damned goo shape. Hang in there. Set some goals. Be realistic and patient.

    I wish you all the good luck in the world!
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    Keep going! Don't let anyone discourage you, everyone had to start at some point. Do it for yourself, the physical and mental benefits of exercise will carry over into all aspects of life.

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  • Beauregard

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    Jan 28, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Awh, thanks everyone for the motivating replies.

    I'll definitely keep at it, even if it looks a bit bleak from my current stand point. I mean, I'm already pretty much happy with my body - muscles would look silly on me; I just really want to get to that point where I feel healthy and proper. Hopefully the random bouts of dizziness, getting tired from walking for a minute, and feeling so horrifically weak will go away too.

    Anyways, thanks!
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
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    Beauregard said... The actual execution of said knowledge, however…

    Two minutes on a tread mill at a gentle pace and I start breaking a sweat.
    Good. Now work on getting up to three minutes.

    I get winded after jogging for thirty seconds.
    Great! Keep going until you hit 60 seconds.

    I can’t lift more than ten or fifteen pounds.
    Excellent! Keep lifting 15 pounds until you can do it for 3 sets of 12 repetitions...then move to 20 pounds.

    I have a tendency of falling down while remaining perfectly still.
    Keep trying. You'll eventually be able to maintain balance.

    Hell, someone even walked over specifically to me to call me a, “noob.” And I’m not even overweight, for Christ’s sake! I’m skinny fat at worst. For all he knew I could’ve been sporting a six pack under my friend’s “Red Jump Suit Apparatus” tee.

    Next time this happens, smile, look them in the eye tell them, "Mind your own fucking business, ASSHAT! And, if you feel extra sporty, drop a weight on their foot. You won't see them in the gym for a while.

    I know that I’ve just started and I’ll eventually get better, but honestly, does everyone really get better? ...

    It gets better. Keep working on you.

    Maybe my goals are too farfetched, though. All I want is too feel healthier, be able to run decently, and get back my abs – up until about a year ago those came very naturally to me. I also have a little bit of extra padding on my chest that I want to get rid of; I’m not particularly sure why I have fat there, but it needs to go. Am I asking for too much? Can it really be done? I’ve spent the last 24 hours reading through every relevant post and thread on here - were those that made the big, meaningful gains either a) lucky, or b) born with some innate, unnatural ability to run for more than a minute straight?

    Not far fetched goals. Attainable.

    So yeah, can I actually improve? Yes you can. Or am I destined to remain a weird, kind of chubby guy who breaks a sweat opening a jar of sweet pickles? You make the choice...daily.

    I apologize in advance for posting this thread.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    Beauregard saidSo yeah, I’ve never really exercised before. And that’s not hyperbole either – I’ve very literally never exercised before; a lifetime of MUDS, online gaming, and social anxiety has ensured that. Last week, however, I buckled down, admitted to myself that I just don’t feel good, and splurged on a membership to 24 hour fitness.

    Now, before anyone links me to several articles on here about fitness, know that I’ve read them already - I've also taken several courses on nutrition, and I’ve been taught proper form and the whatnot – so yeah, I have the knowledge, that’s not what this thread is about. The actual execution of said knowledge, however…

    Two minutes on a tread mill at a gentle pace and I start breaking a sweat.

    I get winded after jogging for thirty seconds.

    I can’t lift more than ten or fifteen pounds.

    I have a tendency of falling down while remaining perfectly still.

    Hell, someone even walked over specifically to me to call me a, “noob.” And I’m not even overweight, for Christ’s sake! I’m skinny fat at worst. For all he knew I could’ve been sporting a six pack under my friend’s “Red Jump Suit Apparatus” tee.

    I know that I’ve just started and I’ll eventually get better, but honestly, does everyone really get better? As I said, I’ve read the articles, I’ve seen the before and after photos, but is the world just bsing me? Have all you fit guys spent the last century tricking us slobs into thinking it was possible –just so you could laugh at us behind our backs when our thighs chaffed and we got shin splints? Honestly, right now being able to run at a constant pace, and not being born a Greek god, seems like some kind of conspiracy theory. I mean, I’m not about to stop trying (the cost of membership alone was too much for me to just give in), but right now it just doesn't look like it’s possible. I thought being slim meant I was healthy by default!

    Maybe my goals are too farfetched, though. All I want is too feel healthier, be able to run decently, and get back my abs – up until about a year ago those came very naturally to me. I also have a little bit of extra padding on my chest that I want to get rid of; I’m not particularly sure why I have fat there, but it needs to go. Am I asking for too much? Can it really be done? I’ve spent the last 24 hours reading through every relevant post and thread on here - were those that made the big, meaningful gains either a) lucky, or b) born with some innate, unnatural ability to run for more than a minute straight?

    So yeah, can I actually improve? Or am I destined to remain a weird, kind of chubby guy who breaks a sweat opening a jar of sweet pickles?

    I apologize in advance for posting this thread.


    Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm so very sorry about all of that. You know what? That guy who called you a "noob" was at one time, a "noob" himself, so ignore him. He's what we call, in the real world, an asshole.

    Now, I'm a noob myself at exercising, and to be honest, I dunno if I'm even doing the right things. I lost 13 lbs., so I would think I'm doing good, but, there are days where I wonder if I'm even doing this thing right.

    I guess, the real question should be, are you happy? Are you content? You know, that may be a problem. My Mom has a huge bout with depression, God love her, and she has a hard time trying to loose weight, but my Mom also runs away from a lot of issues. She expects this unrealistic life. She expects to have tons of money, she expects to have a perfect job, she expects all of these things that, really, in the long run, will not make her happy. But, God do I love her. She's an amazing woman, beautiful, amazing, and she's always thinking about us.

    Ummm...when you workout, do you ever tell yourself "I can do this, I can get through this, psh, this is nothing?" Are you well hydrated? (If you plan on loosing weight, I highly recommend drinking tons and tons of water...be careful though, drinking too much water can poison you, I'd know, I was in the hospital because the medicine I had to take at the hospital made my mouth very dry and I would constantly drink water. Come to find out, I poisoned myself because I drank too much of it. I would recommend drinking about 8 glasses of water a day.)

    Could it be possible that you are vitamin deficient? Maybe taking a multivitamin or 2 might help.

    The main thing is to just be happy. When you're happy, you'll notice tremendous benefits, not just physically, but mentally as well.

    Another option to think about is maybe consulting a doctor. Maybe something funky is going on in your body that you may not know of. M.D.'s are preferable.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Oh, and one more thing, you don't suck. You're handsome and you deserve the best.

    Loosers say they suck...you're not a looser, you're a winner. Otherwise, you wouldn'tve consulted advice.