Am I on the right track?

  • hMan

    Posts: 15

    May 25, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    Hi everyone! I'm new to the site, but it seems like great place. In January I decided to start working out and really trying to get the body I've always wanted. I've been hitting the gym five or six times a week, about 1-1.5 hours each time. I'm 21, 5' 6'', and I've gone from 115 lb to 125 lb (I'll post pics soon). The problem is I don't really know anyone who's nearly as interested in working out as I am, so I don't have anyone I can ask questions.

    I usually do about 10 min of cardio at the beginning, then the rest is weights (with 1-2 days of just 40 min runs). After the first month I was mostly just doing free weights. I've read that to gain muscle you want to do high weight with low reps (I do about 8-10), and I've generally been trying to lift as much as possible. But two weeks ago a guy at the gym who was pretty cut and unusually friendly told me I'm lifting too much weight, and I need to do 12 reps each set, and that I shouldn't rest in between sets and instead switch off between two kinds of lifts. So I've been looking around lately and the guys who look great aren't the ones lifting a ton of weight, and they often do switch between different lifts... But did they used to lift more and rest, and once they got their target weight they changed tactics?

    My target weight is 140, but I don't know if I'll ever get there. I haven't really gained weight since school got out a few weeks ago. I try to eat a lot and frequently, but my metabolism has always been kind of crazy.

    Any advice would be really appreciated! Thanks!
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    May 25, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    A lot of work in the gym is trial and error. What works really well for one person might not work the best for you.

    I'd agree with the guy from the gym. There was a study that came out not too long ago that shows it's more important to train to fatigue than to move heavy weights. It's harder to properly fatigue the muscle when you're too focused on not dropping it on your head as opposed to focusing on proper contractions.
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    May 25, 2012 2:09 PM GMT

    Lol. Love the question. ; )
  • hockeydude12

    Posts: 169

    May 25, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Hey, welcome to RJ first off! Its a great site and tons of knowledge about working out and diet. Like the other guys have said, what works for some may not work for others. I personally do 8-10 reps, with my last being to failure. If you have had success so far, you must be doing something right! What is your diet like? Are you eating enough to accompany your workout routine?
  • mybud

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    May 25, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Training is different for each person...the only comment I would make is you risk minimal muscle growth and a higher risk of injury lifting 6 days a week...You're muscles tear and through this tearing more muscle develops but for this to happen the muscle needs rest time...It's up to you but you may want to consider slipping in a couple of rest days say lift 4 days a 3...just a thought...All the best
  • hMan

    Posts: 15

    May 25, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the advice! My workout schedule is usually like this:
    Day 1: Triceps, chest, shoulders
    Day 2: Legs
    Day 3: Biceps, back
    Day 4: cardio, abs
    Day 5: rest day if I'm still sore
    Day 6: Triceps, chest, delts
    Day 7: Legs
    Day 8: Biceps, back
    Day 9: rest day

    I'll throw in another rest day somewhere if I'm really sore, or another cardio if I don't feel like going to the gym. I do abs a lot of days, but especially on day 4. Maybe I should do more rest days? If I'm not sore anymore I feel lazy lol.

    My diet is pretty healthy, I never eat junk food and I like to cook healthy meals. I've been trying to up the protein intake lately, but I don't do protein shakes. Maybe I should, but I tried them a few years ago and hated them. I think it was Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein.
  • Carson1

    Posts: 5

    May 30, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    Yups i think you are on right way and you still gone
    some good results too, hope these works for me to
    as well.
  • Carson1

    Posts: 5

    Jun 04, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    Carson1 saidYups i think you are on right way and you still gone
    some good results too, hope these works for me to
    as well.

    Chicago Personal Trainer