Need some training advice

  • Will123

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    May 29, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I am a musician who practices around 5-6 hours a day on a normal day and have always been afraid of strength training. I have been going steady with my 5 day/40-50 minute interval cardio training each week.

    I am wondering how I should get started lifting weights so that I don't put myself out of commission after each work out so that I can't practice. Will I be able to see any results if I take it slow or do I have to really pump iron every time I'm in the gym to see any results? Does the level of soreness decrease the more time I spend weight lifting?

    The main muscle groups I use playing are my arms, back, neck, and shoulders. My pecs, abs, glutes, and legs are good to go. I'm just nervous about my upper body being too sore.

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Thanks guys!
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    May 29, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    Start out slow and build up from there, you have to get your body used to training...the longer you have been training the less you will be sore after your workouts, proper diet also plays a role in this as well. Don't try to jump into a advanced bodybuilding split routine right away you will just run yourself into the ground...I would start with a 3 day/week split only doing a few sets per muscle group to start and then build from there, start light! by light I mean a weight you can easily complete 10 reps with then add a bit of weight at your next session... You don't want to be straining to get all your reps the first day you hit the gym...that will result in you being VERY sore! and you may even cause a injury/muscle strain...when you become more advanced then its time to pick up the intensity to push for more muscle growth/development but your body will then be used to the added stress your placing on it!
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    May 29, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    bmman123 saidHey guys,

    I am a musician who practices around 5-6 hours a day on a normal day and have always been afraid of strength training.
    I don't blame you. I actually broke a key off one of my synths one time cause I'd gotten stronger and didn't realize it till it was too late. icon_lol.gif
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    May 29, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI don't blame you. I actually broke a key off one of my synths one time cause I'd gotten stronger and didn't realize it till it was too late. icon_lol.gif


    Sure, Paul. You broke it because you were doing some guy on it.

    To the OP: Agree with SteelCity. Start off slow and make sure you are eating and resting appropriate to aid in your body's recovery. Massages help, too icon_wink.gif
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    May 29, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    bmman123 saidHey guys,

    I am a musician who practices around 5-6 hours a day on a normal day and have always been afraid of strength training. I have been going steady with my 5 day/40-50 minute interval cardio training each week.

    I am wondering how I should get started lifting weights so that I don't put myself out of commission after each work out so that I can't practice. Will I be able to see any results if I take it slow or do I have to really pump iron every time I'm in the gym to see any results? Does the level of soreness decrease the more time I spend weight lifting?

    The main muscle groups I use playing are my arms, back, neck, and shoulders. My pecs, abs, glutes, and legs are good to go. I'm just nervous about my upper body being too sore.

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Thanks guys!

    I say do full body workouts and hit each body part about 3x a week to avoid soreness. The more frequently you hit a body part, the less sore it will be. If you do a typical body part split the way a lot of guys do chances are you will be sore. Chances are you will be sore for the first week regardless of what you do, but the soreness will go away.
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    May 30, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    paulflexes saidI don't blame you. I actually broke a key off one of my synths one time cause I'd gotten stronger and didn't realize it till it was too late. icon_lol.gif


    Sure, Paul. You broke it because you were doing some guy on it.
    I have never broken anything while doing a guy on it! icon_mad.gif

    Well come to think of it, there was this one time at band camp when the flute player ...

    ... nevermind.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 30, 2012 2:19 PM GMT
    Soreness can be a good thing. It's called the DOMS/ Delayed onset muscle syndrome. You can almost completely eliminate it by talking calcium magnesium and malic acid after a work-out. Don't let that stop you.icon_idea.gif