I want to start weight lifting, but know NOTHING.

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    Jul 01, 2014 10:12 PM GMT
    I've been struggling with my weight for probably the last 7 years or so and I'm not even 24 yet. I've gone up and down...I did suffer from Ulcerative Colitis in my teen, and did have to undergo surgeries to cure it, but it's no excuse. I have poor eating habits, and I really don't exercise at all.

    I have tried several diet/exercise programs with small-moderate success, but gave up either because I didn't see the results I wanted quickly enough, or because it was just too difficult.

    However, I'm really considering joining a gym and sticking with it this time. I'm just so sick of being uncomfortable in my own body. I'm tired of people telling me how "handsome" I am, yet nobody seems to be attracted to me due to me being so out of shape and I don't blame them. I feel disgusting and I wouldn't want to date me either.

    I can't afford a personal trainer as I'm going back to school this Fall to finish my Bachelor's.

    Any recommendations for a simple full-body workout for beginners that I can do on my own without needing anyone's help?

    Please try to include how many times a week I should do these, and how many reps/sets as this is where I seem to get confused/discouraged.

    I really appreciate any advice.
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    Jul 01, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    For the first 3 months, one from Men's Health is fine. After that you will know what your level of commitment, enthusiasm and so on are.
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    Jul 02, 2014 12:34 AM GMT
    Ohno saidFor the first 3 months, one from Men's Health is fine. After that you will know what your level of commitment, enthusiasm and so on are.


    I'll check that out. Thanks.
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    Jul 02, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    ok how about include how busy your week is and when you could be available to go to your gym lol. Maybe that can help people to see what might fit you.

    Also when was the last time you got physically active? take it slow in the beginning~
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    Jul 02, 2014 6:44 AM GMT
    - get some dumbells, watch youtube videos
    - google 'hiit cardio'
    -maybe google 'paleo diet' if you need weight loss or want to eat better too
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    Jul 02, 2014 4:39 PM GMT
    JackBoneTX said- get some dumbells, watch youtube videos
    - google 'hiit cardio'
    -maybe google 'paleo diet' if you need weight loss or want to eat better too


    Definitely need to lose weight, but isn't the Paleo diet kind of expensive lol?
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    Jul 02, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    trof11 said
    JackBoneTX said- get some dumbells, watch youtube videos
    - google 'hiit cardio'
    -maybe google 'paleo diet' if you need weight loss or want to eat better too


    Definitely need to lose weight, but isn't the Paleo diet kind of expensive lol?


    Probably, because junk food is cheap, but you may be able to go for the least expensive foods that still fit. I would google 'paleo expensive' icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 08, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    YouTube videos are your friend.
    If you have a friend who lifts, that would help too.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 08, 2014 5:32 PM GMT
    Use your school gym. Focus on one muscle group per day. Book-end it with cardio before and after. Get your exercise ideas from Men's Health and do three sets of ten reps each for exercise. Do six different exercise for that muscle group. Eat healthy. I find the workout routines recommended to be too much and confusing for a beginner but the individual exercises are good. Spend one hour/day in the gym for no less than five days/week. Get a routine going and repeat it very week for six months. You'll get results and results will motivate you. Have fun!
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    Jul 09, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    trof11 saidI have poor eating habits, and I really don't exercise at all.
    Start eating more unprocessed foods (lean meats, veggies, nuts, seeds) and start walking briskly, not at a slow pace, for at least 20 minutes every day.

    Do that for a few weeks. In the meantime, be studying up on nutrition and fitness, and make small changes here and there as you see fit. Eventually your weight will be under control, with very little effort to keep it that way because it'll become part of your life.

    Oh, and drink lots of water, even when you're not thirsty.
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    Jul 16, 2014 11:24 PM GMT
    A really good full body 3 day a week beginner routine is the stronglifts 5x5 program. http://stronglifts.com
  • Triggerman

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    Jul 17, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    Destin has it right. He was spot on. Read him or not.
  • Triggerman

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    Jul 17, 2014 6:40 AM GMT
    I would only add, get your ass in a gym. Do cardio. Look at the guys you want to be like and emulate them.. Follow them and do their workouts. Maybe ask them what they do. Big guys in a gym are pretty much easy to ask if you are smaller than them.