Beginner looking for a way to start

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    Jan 23, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,
    So let me just start by saying that I'm already a fit guy. I'm a runner -five times a week, about 4 or five miles- but I don't really know how to lift or what to lift or when to lift. Basically, I'm a beginner. I am 5'9" 150lbs. I couldn't tell you what my body fat percentage is but I know that I look lean. I'd like to gain some muscle mass and tone up. Of course, I don't expect anyone to lay out a fitness routine for me. I'm just wondering if anyone can recommend any literature or even share stories about how they began . Thanks all! I hope to hear from you!
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    Check out the TOPICS and WORKOUT PLANS tabs at the top of the page
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    I think Caslon is right. I tried the 12 Week Strength and Muscle routine found here on RealJock. It did wonders for me. You should give it a shot. As for gaining muscle, you might reconsider how much you run. Maybe cut back on running and focus more the weights to build mass.

    Good luck!
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    wow. thanks for the quick responses. I'm new to the site and it's a little overwhelming. As for cutting back on running. I know that's what I'll need to do eventually, but seriously, I'm an addict. It's terrible. Although, I suppose there are worse addictions right?
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    BruinG saidwow. thanks for the quick responses. I'm new to the site and it's a little overwhelming. As for cutting back on running. I know that's what I'll need to do eventually, but seriously, I'm an addict. It's terrible. Although, I suppose there are worse addictions right?

    are you saying the info on those tabs above is overwhelming?
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    if running is the thing that really does it for you, then don't cut back on it, you can put on muscle as well as jog, you'll have to be a lot more careful with your food and how/how much you eat..

    As you said, you could do considerably worse.

    Maybe instead start of a little more simple, choosing a full body routine 3 or so times a week, with eating right, pushing hard enough at it and changing your routine every month or so, you'd soon start to see muscle gains..

    Being so naturally lean, you should seriously look at your diet as it is, work out how many calories your eating and how many you'd burn in the gym as well as your jogging and then start eating more good quality food (lean meats, lots of vegetables, fruit, protein shakes and so on) while looking at keeping your protein intake high and getting enough good fats..
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 said
    BruinG saidwow. thanks for the quick responses. I'm new to the site and it's a little overwhelming. As for cutting back on running. I know that's what I'll need to do eventually, but seriously, I'm an addict. It's terrible. Although, I suppose there are worse addictions right?

    are you saying the info on those tabs above is overwhelming?

    for someone uninitiated to weight lifting looking at the 12 week plan is a little overwhelming when you aren't sure how its all suppose to work, I was at first, now I can look at it and totally understand what the hells going on..
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    Jan 23, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    ya. the workout routine looks a little overwhelming. just cuz it's a lot ya know? but that's okay. I just have to sit with it and read through it tonight, just to get a broader sense.
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    Jan 24, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
    BruinG saidya. the workout routine looks a little overwhelming. just cuz it's a lot ya know? but that's okay. I just have to sit with it and read through it tonight, just to get a broader sense.

    oh yeah I can agree with that.....I never got beyond glancing at it. OMG! ... icon_eek.gif

    Scroll down on the homepage....there is a feature in the center ... VIDEO EXERCISE & WORKOUT FINDER

    There you can select a muscle group and a list of exercises will come up. Peruse those exercises, select the one you like.

    The videos demonstrating each exercise are great.

    Do that for each muscle group and maybe you can build your own routine.
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    Jan 24, 2009 6:52 AM GMT
    Here, read all about me on bodybuilding.com's Bodybuilder of The Week.

    http://www.bodybuilders.com/chuckg.htm

    realjock.com is not a bad site for some good information. bodybuilding.com has 1000s of articles on a wide variety of topics.