How did you get started in wieght training?

  • Gsea

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    Apr 15, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    How many of you started lifting weights after reading about exercises in a book or magazine without much help from a trainer? I want to start weight training but can't always afford to have a trainer guide me with my workouts- so I think doing it myself is probably my best option right now....
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    Apr 15, 2012 11:49 AM GMT
    ...you go to a gym that doesn't have a trainer?

    That must be a first icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    Yeah, doing it myself is how I started, but I wouldn't recommend it..

    I have spent so much time "Relearning" and getting my form right that I wish I had saved a few dollars for a couple of basic sessions with a Trainer...

    At some Gym's I've been to, the only way you can pick the trainers is to watch the guy hitting on the chicks and sneering at the guys who aren't beefcakes..

    Unless they're also selling memberships, they'll often seem disinterested.
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    i had been a swimmer in middle and high school (100 fly and 400 IM) but in college I kind of lost my fitness direction for awhile. I had always been natuarlly skinny and had a hard time gaining any kind of weight. Then one day (and I wll try to find the pics when I get back from vacation and post them) I saw pictures of a guy names Ian somethng in "Freshman" magazine. He was beautiful, thick muscled and clearly a bodybuilder based on some of his poses. I wanted that build and I went out and bought some home weights the next day and, after a few months of getting the basics down with a home course, got a gym membership and a trainer to help guide my growth. The end result was everything I ever wanted physically: I feel great (clean diet helps there, too) and I apparently look great base don the number of guys who hit on and/or cruise me. It's continues to be a rewarding journey...only 8 weeks til bodybuilding comp!!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 15, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    Well I was "recommended" to it....... suffering from lower back problems during law school and when I was in my mid 20's. It was from years of riding horses w/out a saddle when I was about 10-12 years old... remedy, loosen my lower back through exercise. I still have a problem once in a while, but nothing major.. and it unlocked a real love for physical fitness.
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    The exerciser programs and vids are pretty good on
    Here ... Better than some trainers.
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    I didn't hire a trainer until after I lost 100 pounds.

    I did, however, ask the PE teacher at my school if he would set me up with a weight training plan and he demonstrated the exercises for me once. Then I was on my own.

    I prefer working out with a trainer now, though.

  • gunpumper

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    Apr 15, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    When I was 25 I decided that I wanted to learn how to lift weights and signed up with POWERHOUSE gym to take a couple training sessions with one of their staff.

    I wasa skinny 140 lbs and pretty intimidated when I stepped into this hardcore bodybuilding forum --and the trainer I was assigned scared the shit out of me-he was HUGE!!And he wound up[ becoming MR EAST COAST and competed in Mr USA 4 times- he trained/taught me so thoroughly that I've never forgotten his tutoring and I credit him with starting me on the path that got me to 225 lbs and 9% BF.. He was awesome
    and spent a lot of time explaining muscle growth theories and methods.Supplements were discussed- steroids were explained but as something only the most experienced and disciplined bodybuilders should explore.

    I"d advise any guy who really wants to get big (or bigger) through weight lifting to find a trainer who looks similar to the way you want to look. Its proof hes capable of putting into practice the information he already has in his head.
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Older brothers. They can be a pain in the ass but occasionally they're good for something.
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 15, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    Started as a freshman in the high school weight room wanting to get bigger to impress a girl. Pretty quickly my attentions turned to the guys, and wanting to double my size.
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    12 years ago in high school. I caught up with my childhood best bud who had gone from skating to body building. He and my oldest brother were going to the same gym and taught me everything I know about form, reps, starting low on weights, and my pre-cardio workout. I gained a lot strength in that time, but not a lot of mass. My arms have shrunk, as well as my pecs and shoulder muscles. I should've stayed with it continuously. Maybe I'd be as big as some of the guys I'm attracted to right now.... either way, I'm back on track now! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Never had a Trainer in my life. Never belonged to a gym in my life.

    Started everything with a Home-Workout diagram torn out of Men's Health.

    Thus far I have no complaints.

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    Apr 15, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    started back in high school, it was mandatory for sports, and progressed into college and now i just do it to keep fit and stay healthy icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    chi_rock saidStarted as a freshman in the high school weight room wanting to get bigger to impress a girl. Pretty quickly my attentions turned to the guys, and wanting to double my size.


    Hahaha, Love it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    Started out at seventeen, wanting to gain a few pounds. So I picked up a Muscle&Fitness magazine and researched and read everything about it.
    Then enrolled in the local gym. Weighing only ninety eight pounds at that time, I tried not to be intimidated by all the mountainous muscle guys around me, using my body weight as their warm up weight, lol!
    Who knew it was gonna take so much work!
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    Cash saidNever had a Trainer in my life. Never belonged to a gym in my life.

    Started everything with a Home-Workout diagram torn out of Men's Health.

    Thus far I have no complaints.

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    Thus proving you won the genetic lottery. Damn you.
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat said
    Cash saidNever had a Trainer in my life. Never belonged to a gym in my life.

    Started everything with a Home-Workout diagram torn out of Men's Health.

    Thus far I have no complaints.

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    Thus proving you won the genetic lottery. Damn you.


    Only in that I come from a long line of individuals who are able to stay focused on a goal and remain dedicated to the process of achieving it.

    I have not done any thing that ANY guy could no do - BUT I was able to stay dedicated and not give into discouragement.

    Most of the e-mails I get asking for advice start out with something like "I have been going to the gym 2 or 3 imes a week for nearly 3 months and STIIL don't have the results I want!!!!!" as if 15 years of poor diet and inactivity could be turned into cover-model material in 10-12 weeks.

    It takes time and dedication and an ability not to be attached to outcomes. Or give into bullshit cliches - I didn't have visible abs until I was OVER 40.

    I was rail thin as a kid (and often teased for it). I have fused vertabrae and bulging disks that I was repeatedly told would prevent me from doing much of anything including walking very far. I have very successfully proved THAT to be completely incorrect - whatever I have is a result of my own focused efforts and NOT a result of being in the Lucky Sperm Club.

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    Apr 15, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    I started at age 37. I was 155 at 20, 173 at 30 and it kept going.....Plus, a friend always said to me that if you like those muscle guys, to get one you gotta be one...lol. I liked it--especially when I began to see results.

    I DID use a trainer at my gym to set up a workout plan, and just maintained-- not obsessing, just getting my butt to the gym 4-5 times a week. That plan worked for me--and continues to do so.
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    Started with p90x, then once I completed that I just did research online. Bodybuilding.com has a great tool where you can look for exercises by muscle group. The best way to start is to just give them a shot focusing on form first and not hurting yourself.
  • MarcBodybuild...

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    i got started cause of my buddies n my bro ripped like a effin model. i used fitness book n the help of my buds