completely new to strength training...where do I start?

  • OrlandoDV8

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    Dec 09, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    How's it going guys?

    I started seriously working out October 2011 (hiking, running, and doing the Insanity work out videos), and have lost around 45 lbs thanks to my efforts and eating healthy.

    Nonetheless, I've gained very little overall upper body strength and I have some flabby measly arms to show for it. I went ahead and bought some basic some dumb bells to get me started (10/15/20 and 25lb sets) this past Friday. I know they aren't much, but I figure they should be good enough while I learn to do the appropriate workouts without hurting myself from the get go.

    I am looking for any suggestions for a dude that has NEVER done any strength training in his life: workouts, tips on what to avoid, nutrition etc.

    Thanks to everybody in advance!

    [Also I bought P90x, but I'm not sure yet if it is a good idea for me to jump into it without any previous strength training. Has anybody here gone through it?]
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    Dec 09, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    First. Go to your physician and get a complete physical.
    Next, once you get clearance that you don't have some sort of dormant condition which could cause you to suddenly drop dead during strength training, then consider going to a personal trainer to baseline various data points.
    Consider utilizing the personal trainer a few times to "get started" doing the right things right.
    Then, venture off on your own.
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    Dec 09, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Yeah, what he said. ^
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    Dec 09, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYeah, what he said. ^


    Working on your post count today too? icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    Required reading..
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    Go through some of the old forums, you will find some information.
  • calibro

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    Dec 10, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    post nakey pics of yourself
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    xrichx saidRequired reading..
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    ^^ This.
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    Or go to bodybuilding.com and read the stickies.
    It's free.
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    Bromoflexual said
    xrichx saidRequired reading..
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    ^^ This.


    True story. You will be ahead of people that have been lifting incorreclty for years and years if you read this book.

    Like gamrican said, I also support going to a personal trainer to get a fitness tutorial, assessments, etc. If you join a corporate gym like Gold's or 24, they will usually offer a first session for free. Obviously, they will try to sell you more, but if an intro is all you want, don't buy it (although I think you could benefit from the services of a personal trainer for at least a few months).

    While I have no beef with the content of the workouts of p90x, the only problem I see people run into is when the 90 days are up; what do you do then? Do you wait another year until you've regressed back to where you were, and then decide to do it again? Again, not trying to discourage you from doing it, in fact, I'm excited for you to start it! Just be aware that p90x is not a lifestyle, but fitness is.

    And I guess I could plug my blog...but it's not really shameless if I'm directing you to valuable information, is it? ;)

    http://nolastrep.wordpress.com/
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    ^^^ listen to him. He knows what he is talking about.
  • mr_bijae

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    Dec 10, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    I highly recommend getting a personal trainer. I didn't think I would ever use one, but when I signed up for a prepaid 24 Hour Fitness membership they gave me five free. Reluctantly I booked them. His advice and pointers were invaluable. I didn't realize my feet were not square when I was squatting. He pointed out little things that I wouldn't have gotten from a book. When he left 24 Hour Fitness I followed him to the new gym. Today I live 2400 miles away and still use him to train via skype. Personal trainers will help you do the exercises right. They also motivate you to keep your appointment at the gym. This is very helpful on the days when you really feel like blowing it off. Even if you only use the intro session he should be able to give you some pointers to use in starting out.
  • GWriter

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    Dec 11, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    mr_bijae saidI highly recommend getting a personal trainer. I didn't think I would ever use one, but when I signed up for a prepaid 24 Hour Fitness membership they gave me five free. Reluctantly I booked them. His advice and pointers were invaluable. I didn't realize my feet were not square when I was squatting. He pointed out little things that I wouldn't have gotten from a book. When he left 24 Hour Fitness I followed him to the new gym. Today I live 2400 miles away and still use him to train via skype. Personal trainers will help you do the exercises right. They also motivate you to keep your appointment at the gym. This is very helpful on the days when you really feel like blowing it off. Even if you only use the intro session he should be able to give you some pointers to use in starting out.


    You really lucked out with that personal trainer. The ones I see at my local Gold's are so clueless... There is one trainer who doesn't know the difference between soup and supination, and starts off EVERY new client by having them do quarter squats on the Smith machine. I just have to look away. icon_evil.gif
  • OrlandoDV8

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    Dec 11, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for all the tips! I'm definitely looking that book up on Amazon right now. I'm a shameless nerd, so the fact that I can find such information in a book is quite awesome.

    Yeah, I agree that p90x within itself isn't a lifestyle...but I'm hoping it will be a start? Should I wait off on a personal trainer until after p90xicon_question.gif

    My biggest challenge will be embracing the gym, as I don't quite like the lab rat feeling. So on that note...does anyone have any experience with outdoors strength training and workouts?

    Thanks again everyone, I really appreciate it!
  • seafrontbloke

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    Dec 28, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    I had a PT when I had the time (and money). Whilst we were working out she videoed me (on my iPhone) and made sure I had my technique right. I find those really handy.
  • Alki

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    Dec 28, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    Just did day 1 of the 12 week starter program here. It seemed reasonable.
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    Dec 28, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    I remember my first time at a corp gym if that is were your going, yes, get a trainer to help you through the machines and set your goals, by the time i was done with the first day, i almost passed out...LOL, i was really skinny with a high metabolism at the time and trainer told me i needed to eat like 3,000 cal a day, hard to do. Whatever your goal, fitness is a lifetime thing, weather you do it all the time or take a 6 month or year break. Main thing is to keep active however you choose, good luck