Where to start?

  • Darwin1122

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    Jan 09, 2013 9:40 AM GMT
    Okay guys looking for some direction here. I'm 22 years old, 135 lbs, and no experience in the gym. I'd like to start body building but I don't know where to start. I can afford a gym membership but not a personal trainer. Where should I go to learn what to do and how to do it?
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 09, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    If you can find a friend who has all that experience to go to the gym with you and show you that can take away some of the anxiety of trying to figure it out on your own. A great way to learn is the muscle building program here on RealJock. Some time ago I went through the whole program start to finish and aftewards I walked away with a lot.
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    Jan 09, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    Do some forum searches here on beginning workout, check out the fitness articles here and also the nutrition. A lot can be learned here on RJ by reading what's been posted. Good luck.
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    Jan 09, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    Having a friend with a sports background who is willing to show you the ropes is great. If that's not going to happen, most gyms give you one free personal training session when you sign up. If yours does, ask to get the head trainer and go in there with a lot of questions. Have him show you basic lifts and give you a simple set of workouts that you can do for a few months that hit every area of your body. Don't neglect legs. You can also check out the workouts on here, pick one that makes sense for you and bring it into him/her and ask them to walk you through it. Don't be shy.

    If your gym doesn't offer a free session, don't be afraid to ask staff how to do things. They should be helpful. As a last resort, you can check a lot of exercise demos on YouTube. Some are totally crazy but there are a lot of useful ones too. Read the comments, see how many views they have and if they seem to come from someone who sounds like they know what they're talking about.....use common sense.

    At the end of the day, nothing beats getting in there and getting started. Once you're comfortable around the equipment, you might make a friend or two who can show you things or you can ask other people working out what they're doing. Just be polite and remember that they're there to workout and not coach.

    Good luck.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 09, 2013 6:04 PM GMT
    Go to a supplement store and get a creatine pre-work-out powder and a shaker cup and a good protein powder. And a gym bag. Do them before and after each session in the gym (the protein needs to be in your system within a half hour of finishing your workout). Don't be a wimp and worry about taste. Also get a small book and record what you do every day. Go to the gym every day or at least five days/week.

    I have five different workouts that I rotate. One day is Arms, the next chest, the next shoulders, back, legs. For a while experiment with the machines AND the free weights and develop 5 or 6 exercises for each body part that you like. Do at least three sets of 10 for each exercise with about 2 minutes between sets. I like to do the first set at about 60% of my max weight to finish all ten reps as a warm up. The weight you push should move up pretty fast as you develop tone and then level off as you start growing mass. Work at increasing the weight. The last reps should be almost impossible. If not, move the weight up.

    Get some aerobic exercise like the treadmill before and after the weights to warm up and cool down. Don't be afraid to ask someone what they're doing if you see someone doing something that looks interesting. Just remember they are there to workout, not provide you with a free trainer. The professional trainers are there to earn a living, not give away free advice.

    Don't chat up people except minimally. You're not there to make new buddies. Talk quietly and return your weights to the racks when finished. Plan on an hour to 1 1/2 hour minimum. Expect to be a bit sore sometimes but not in pain. Pain means you're doing something harmful. Enjoy the soreness. It means you're growing muscle. Stay VERY hydrated. Try to find a friend to workout with or at least at the same time. But commit to every day, with or without your friend. Be serious about it. Have fun!
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 09, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    If you can afford a gym membership then go buy a gym membership. Look up some free weight exercises on youtube. That's how I got started and now I know tons of exercises! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidIf you can afford a gym membership then go buy a gym membership. Look up some free weight exercises on youtube. That's how I got started and now I know tons of exercises! icon_biggrin.gif
    ^^^this

    And, watch people at the gym as they workout.
  • Darwin1122

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    Jan 11, 2013 11:39 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys... it was all very helpful!