Just starting out.

  • johnnyqhomo7

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    Jul 13, 2015 10:13 PM GMT
    Hi. I am 35, 5'6, 185... I wish it were muscle though. My question is, how should I go about starting to lift weights? I mean, should I hire a personal trainer to explain to me what to do? Also, how do I know what to eat and what not to eat? Does general tso's chicken count as a "good food"? icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 13, 2015 10:30 PM GMT
    I thought you already created a thread about this…anyway…

    Most gyms provide free assessments, often to sell you personal training packages, and I think paying a personal trainer for a few to several sessions to learn proper form and set up a routine is definitely the way to go. There are also a lot of YouTube trainers from which you can learn good form (many RJ members recommend Scott Herman, presumably because he's young, blonde and cute; I personally like Vic Costa).

    There are a million diets out there but you've read enough threads on healthy eating to know what that means - several small meals/snacks a day with smaller portion sizes, cutting processed food, limiting unhealthy carbs and fats, avoiding sugar. I could inundate you with minutia but that's no way to start - you'll enjoy easy beginner results first, then in a few months when you're more confident fine tune/dial in after you've transitioned into a healthier lifestyle.

    Two final thoughts:

    1) Don't be intimidated by gyms, gay or straight - no one's going to be looking at you, they're too busy looking at THEMSELVES.

    2) Don't overdo "Biggest Loser" style. That's the fast track to injury and demotivation.