What was the routine you used when you first started working out?

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    Jul 24, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    I would be much appreciative to know what your first work out schedule consisted of and how long it was before you changed it. I really want to get some idea's upon where to start. I have a gym membership at 24 Hour Super Sport that I feel bad about not going. I think part of it is I don't know where to start on the basic body parts. Thanks in advance.
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    Jul 24, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    Walking 30-60 minutes a day.

    I was too fat to do anything else.
  • GWriter

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    Jul 25, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    Look up Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength. His diet advice is a bit off-base butt the workout plan is ideal for beginner.
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    Joe Weider's bodybuilding workout.
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWalking 30-60 minutes a day.

    I was too fat to do anything else.


    ^This for me too.

    Quickly followed by walking up the stairs to my apartment once per day (27 floors).

    Then Elliptical trainer.



    If you're looking for a comprehensive routine, try the RealJock™ Strength Foundation program.
  • d694485

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    Jul 25, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    I can't really say because I kind of just did push ups at home because I didn't go to a gym. Then my first time at a gym, I messed around with the machines and recently started StrongLifts 5x5.
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    run 30 minutes or 3 miles
    push ups
    crunches
    bicycles (abs)

    Eventually, I found my fitness and exercise inspiration, Cathe Friedrich's Muscle Mass.
    I like her style and she keeps you pumped up (you can do at home with a set of barbells). Personally, I like her approach and she explains things to you. Good luck and you can do it.

    Just remember walking in is the hardest part. If you feel intimidated by certain areas, then just move on. I would just walk around for your first visit and maybe step on the treadmill or elliptical, then leave. If you don't feel comfortable showering with others, then go home. Make it "your" space by changing your perception on the gym and working out. If all else fails, put this song on in the car and just walk in and believe it.
    Ganbatte! Good luck!




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    Jul 25, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    I started off with the Body for Life workout routine by Bill Phillips, and I still use it; it has never let me down.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    I started working out in high school and continued on in college. I ran (track) in h.s. and started playing H20-polo - all the way through my undergrad years in college. My work out routine was set by our coaching staff in both h.s. and college. The routine included a good combination of working out in the pools, and outside the pool we ran and lifted (free weights and machines). We worked out twice a day during the season, and I know we were in the best shape of our lives. The routines the coaching staff taught us really kicked our asses into top condition.

    Now - 30 years later, I've been doing pretty much the same kind of routine I was taught originally, with some modifications. I'm in great shape - thanks to good routines and habits I was taught back in the late 70's.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    Workout hard 1 day. Go to the gym the next day, after 20 mins be like I'll work harder tomorrow and leave haha. Took a lot of discipline and time to get into the gym for over an hour each time and actually work each muscle.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    I think Stronglifts or Starting Strength are good beginner programs. I used Stronglifts for awhile. It's your basic barbell movements but you get more familiar with what to do in the gym and it's very simple so you don't have know a lot of different exercises like you might when you do split day workouts.
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    3x per week full body weightlifting workout
  • Montague

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    Jul 25, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    followed my ripped buddy around and tried to do as he did and failed to do so hah.. this was just after new years before he deployed off to that land far away.
  • insomniaxed

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    Jul 25, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    When I first started it was 3 times a week with no real direction, just using whatever machines were available.
    After a couple of weeks though I switched to a lower body then upper body workouts on alternate days.
    Don't be afraid to ask people for advice especially when you get to know who the regulars are. I find most people are happy to help out with a question or two between sets.
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    Jul 26, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone! I really do appreciate your advice.icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 26, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    intensity69 said
    paulflexes saidWalking 30-60 minutes a day.

    I was too fat to do anything else.


    ^This for me too.

    Quickly followed by walking up the stairs to my apartment once per day (27 floors).

    Then Elliptical trainer.



    If you're looking for a comprehensive routine, try the RealJock™ Strength Foundation program.
    I couldn't imaging living on the 27th floor. icon_eek.gif

    The view would be great, but the time spent enroute to/from the car every time I want to go somewhere would be prohibitive since I'm always in and out all day.
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    Jul 26, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    intensity69 said
    paulflexes saidWalking 30-60 minutes a day.

    I was too fat to do anything else.


    ^This for me too.

    Quickly followed by walking up the stairs to my apartment once per day (27 floors).

    Then Elliptical trainer.



    If you're looking for a comprehensive routine, try the RealJock™ Strength Foundation program.
    I couldn't imaging living on the 27th floor. icon_eek.gif

    The view would be great, but the time spent enroute to/from the car every time I want to go somewhere would be prohibitive since I'm always in and out all day.


    Was fine, because that was in the downtown core of Toronto, and everything was literally on my doorstep. Work was just a 15-minute walk.
  • GWriter

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    Jul 26, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    Sustenance saidThanks everyone! I really do appreciate your advice.icon_cool.gif

    The main thing is don't wait, dithering about what precise plan you should adopt... just start. Do something! Push yourself! Sweat! Getting hung up on details at this point is just an excuse for not doing anything. lol

    Just start...
  • jwelbo00

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    Jul 29, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    I joined Gold's Gym last night. Like you I am trying to get a routine together, but like others have said "just do something." I did the rowing machine, and ran about 4 miles on the treadmill.
    My problem is actually workin out in the main area with the free weights;

    How do you deal with the initimidation factor that comes from being a newbie at the gym?

    Josh
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    Jul 29, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    When I first joined the gym I was doing a three day a week workout.

    Day one: back/biceps (four exercises, four sets, eight reps each)
    Day two: chest/triceps
    Day three: shoulders/legs

    And then I did a few set of abs on one or two of those days.

    Over time I ended up doing five days a week just focusing on each body part separately with 6-8 exercises. Lately I've started a six day a week following my three workouts a week schedule but then starting back on day one the day after day three.

    As far as which exercises to do, Scott Herman was once suggested on here by someone and I checked out his videos and he's pretty educated (and not bad to look at) and gives pretty good advice about how to properly do specific exercises and which ones to do for a workout. http://youtube.com/scotthermanfitness is his site I think.
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 03, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    I kicked it off with cardio kickboxing, 2mile run out into the woods, a yoga routine, then jogging 2 miles back. I joined the gym 3 months later. Thats when I changed my whole routine.
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    I agree with GWriter...get Starting Strength by Rippetoe and read it. It's a great workout program with tons and tons of good information.

    The problem with asking folks what their first workout program was is that (a) it won't necessarily work for you and (2) what a lot of us did when we first started out was stupid or less efficient than what we're doing now.

    Get a plan and get into a routine. That's the best thing you can do if you're just starting out. Also, check a routine physical and talk to your doctor. If you totally feel lost and can afford it, get a trainer at a gym or join a crossfit gym. Crossit is totally scalable to all fitness and skill levels. There's probably a gym in your local area that has a free class on the weekends. Go to it, check it out.
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    Basic sit ups and sometimes push ups.
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    Daily

    Walking (2 hours)

    Crunchs

    Push ups

    Sit ups

    Jogging