work out plans for newbies

  • seafrontbloke

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    Aug 17, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    OK, so I have got into the swing of going to the gym, currently I'm really only doing cardio (5km 3 times a week), but I'd like to add some weights based exercise, partially for my posture, but also because, inter alia, I think that I need some definition to my shoulders / arms. Before anyone comments on that, I've perfectly adequate legs, they've carried me for the past 50 years and I have weighed 200lb+ for the past 30 of them.

    My only issue is that most work out plans I have come across are a mixture of free weights and machine exercises. I have no objection to free weights per se, but I am aware of the busy nature of the free weights area and until I have some idea of what I'm doing I'd rather not go there.

    Has anyone come across a wholly machine oriented workout plan I could access or plagiarise until I feel confident to go free ...

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    Aug 17, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    I do not have a machine-only routine to offer you, but I would like to suggest that it's best to just get over any gym anxiety you might have and go straight into the free weights. In my experience, you will see results much faster with free weights.

    You could watch YouTube videos on different exercises, pick 3, 4 or 5 for your body part, and make that your routine. If you do not feel comfortable doing these exercises off of seeing videos alone, you could always simply observe what other gym members are doing and mimic it. The downside to this is, if you haven't researched the exercise before, you won't know what it is hitting exactly.

    If you have a friend who could show you different exercises, that would be best. My brother went with me to the gym for the first 6 months I went so I could establish my own routine and get comfortable with it. If not though, all you can do is just go for it. If you don't feel like you're doing something right, ask a gym employee or a guy who looks like he knows what he is doing.

    I didn't know of a good calf workout, so I just asked the employee in the gym and he showed me how to do standing calf raises with a barbell.