Starting off at Square One

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    Jul 07, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    Hey everyone! I've been lifting weights for a few years under a simple concept:

    "Me lift heavy object, me get bigger and stronger."

    Well... I'm kind of getting beyond that now. I've been reading my brother's Muscle & Fitness mags and reading all the stuff in there about things I don't know. The mag was obviously designed for people who are already into fitness.

    Question is, does anyone know of a source, internet or otherwise, that can get me to square one and tell me how weightlifting works, how long i should work out for, when and what to eat etc? Cause i see so many ads for Nitrous Oxide this and Creatinine that, and I have no idea what they're suppose to do, or if they're safe, and I'd like a source of reliable information NOT sponsored by a company.

    Just like, a beginner's guide to weightlifting?
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    Jul 08, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
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    Jul 08, 2008 12:55 AM GMT

    Anyone know of any sdites that explains supplements?
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    Jul 08, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    FlipChef said...supplements?

    More will be added by others, but keep in mind it is not necessary to take supplements. Supplements are great for people really needing a BIG boost; however, many supplements are redundant, too expensive, and have side-effects.

    Follow the triad of body building:
    1. Good food
    2. Resistance training
    3. Sufficient rest

    Check out's supersite listings for supplements. This will give you a good reading overview of each supplement. But information on which supplements to take and which are most important for you are best answered by a dietitian.
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    Jul 08, 2008 6:00 AM GMT
    Bro in my opinion supplements should come after you have every other part of your program dialed in. Supplements are not magic bullets, they cannot overcome things like improper training, poor form, wrong diet, poor rest habits and the like.

    There are some great guides to lifting available from Men's Fitness, specifically like the "Book of Muscle. The content is solid, the illustrations are excellent. The book covers the muscles, and the whys of what you are doing, how to plan your own diet, things to eat, the basic principles of weight lifting and how they work, it dispels a lot of myths. It's a very solid book well worth the money even for an intermediate lifter. This book will give you a very solid understanding of the basics. I can't say enough good things about this guide. You can buy it from any one of many places at this link:

    In case you want to check if you can get it locally or elsewhere here is the book info for you: BOOK OF MUSCLE By Ian King, Lou Schuler - Rodale Press, Incorporated (2003) - Hardback - 320 pages - ISBN 1579547699

    By the way I am not associated with these guys in any way and I make no money off this product in any way. This is my own personal opinion to help you out. If this book isn't in the budget right now, then I might have some ebooks that would be helpful to you, although none of them are as highly recommended as the book above.

    Last about the supplements. Forget the Nitric Oxide, it's a waste of money, there is absolutely no good science behind it. Creatine works and works well, and there are a ton of good studies that show it works and is safe. The other supplement that I would recommend is a good protein mix. Personally, I think the Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex is not only one of the best formulas on the market, but it also tastes great and dissolves well with a shaker. It has both fast and slow digesting proteins and all the Branch Chain Amino Acids you need included in it. This is a great supplement that can help speed your gains, but it will never take the place of healthy eating. At this point these are the only supplements I would recommend, as you will do excellent with good rest, good diet, good hydration, good training, and good persistence/consistency/patience.

    Best of luck to you bro.