Tips for a newbie please...

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    Sep 05, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I know there is a lot of knowledge on here. I'm seeking opinions on some practical tactics for just starting a weight building program. I afraid of starting off wrong and f'ing up my experience.

    I currently am a member of a gym, yet I have no set schedule for workouts. I don't wanna do too much or too little.

    Here's a little breakdown:
    Age:27
    Weight: 165
    Height: 5'6

    Now I used to be a dancer and I have retained some flexibility and some muscle. My desire weight is 150lbs. Is it out of touch to want to lose 15lbs while still working towards gaining muscle?

    I feel a little directionless as you can probably tell. Any advice would be great.

    -Sheldon
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    Sep 05, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    *deep inhale....*

    I see anorexia in your future... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 05, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    Click on the tabs at the top of the page: TOPICS and WORKOUT PLANS

    Have fun exploring!
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    Sep 07, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    Flex,

    Really? So I'm guessing I'm off base in my weight goals...

    All I really want is to gain muscle, lose some fat and be the stocky guy I was meant to be icon_biggrin.gif

    I see Rugby in my future...
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    Sep 07, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    you gain weight by putting on muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. I'm in better shape then I was at 155 pounds.. I'm now 175 lbs because of what i've tonned up.

    You don't want to be a skinny bitch thats gross.icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 07, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    the more I thought about it, the more I agree with you Sean. I have no intention of being a "skinny bitch". Perhaps I was too focused on what I weighed when I was 18...

    My focus really is on gain muscle and losing the extra fat I have...

    I appreciate the insights so far. Thanks guys.

    -Sheldon
  • adventuresam

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    Sep 15, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    Hey Sheldon, I'm about the same height as you, quite lean and have gained a significant amount of muscle since mid summer when I was the leanest at 151 lbs. Now I'm up to about 158, which I'm quite happy with.

    But in all honesty, my biggest suggestion is get a good personal trainer you feel really comfortable with. Ask around and see if you can find someone your friends are using that they recommend. It's worth the money to get their advice and putting you on the right path with no injuries.

    After you have gone for a dozen or so sessions you can totally supplement your knowledge with all the reading material out there and on this site and make the most out of it.

    Cheers,

    Sam
    PT and Weight Loss Coach
  • D972

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    Sep 16, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    I have to agree with adventureSam. A trainer will help you out significantly. Depending on your body type, losing that weight might not happen easily. For me, and I'm not rubbing it in, its actually a problem. Regardless, a trainer will recognize what type of body you have and help you come up with a schedule. Id choose a trainer who has a similar body type as mine. It's very motivational.

    Lastly my trainer says this all the time, its the form not the weights. So concentrate and ask your trainer consistently is your form correct. You want to hit the muscles that need to grow. I've had many humbling experiences where I had to use light weights in order to do the exercise right.

    Stay encouraged, sleep well, eat well and good luck!!!

    P.S i love your body type. The gymnast build is totally hot! icon_smile.gif