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    Mar 31, 2007 12:23 PM GMT
    I just recently started working out for the first time. I am really trying my hardest, but have been working out for nearly six weeks and am still not seeing much. It's getting a little frustrating at this point and I just don't understand. I have a trainer and am working out four times a week with about an hour of weight training and a half hour of cardio. He just started me on a plan where I jump rope for 30 seconds and then do two of my exercises in a row then repeat it until I am completely done with my workout. Then afterwards I do more cardio.

    I'm attempting a better diet. I eat no fast food, cut out all my soft drinks, have a protein shake for breakfast, and I am eating almost no whites. Snacks are basically carrots or brocolli sometimes with a dab of natural peanut butter. My only weakness is of course ice cream which I have been cutting out slowly over the course of six weeks because I litterly changed my entire way of eating.

    I have quite literally never played a sport or trained ever so this is extremely new and I am still a little confused. At any rate, what else should I do, or am I just being impatient?
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    Mar 31, 2007 6:48 PM GMT
    It takes time to change. I'd suggest eating egg whites. You'll need all the extra protein you can get. Also, your trainer is trying to make you more healthy. But if you're wanting size, express this to him. As the routine stands, it looks like he's helping you cut up and be healthy instead of adding size.
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    Mar 31, 2007 11:13 PM GMT
    You're not clear if you are trying to bulk up or lose weight.
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    Apr 01, 2007 2:10 AM GMT
    Thinking back a few years, I recall it was a good six months or so before I really noticed a visual difference in my physique, and even that was fairly subtle. Ya just gotta stick with it, week after week, month after month, year after year. Just remember to eat enough protein and adjust your caloric intake upward as you put on weight.

    Even after four decades of muscular scrawniness, hitting various plateaus in my workouts, and frustratingly uneven muscular development, I've still managed to put on about ten pounds of muscle per year during the three years I've been working out.
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    Apr 01, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    Hey guy,

    Short version ... Be patient, muscle building takes time.

    Long version ... In high school and my first years of college, I was a gymnast and a diver. I put on muscle through my training, so I didn't spend much time in the weight room.

    Then, I stopped training and lost a fair bit of muscle. Last year, I was 6'1, 150. Fast forward a year ... I'm now 185 (give or take a pound) after going through a pretty strict weight training routine. However, I didn't put on my mass overnight. I remember reading in a Phys book that it takes 3 or so to get your motor neurons and cells ready to gain muscle and it was nearly 6 months before I noticed much of a difference in terms of my physique. My colleagues would make mention of it, but I didn't really see it myself. Lately, I've packed on muscle like nobody's business.

    Note: My primary goal was to gain muscle. If I were you, I'd tell your trainer what YOUR goals are and see if your routine is maximizing those goals. You need the total package ... exercise, nutrition, etc., but you can modify your weight training and exercise to focus more so on YOUR goals.

    Good luck,
    Nick
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    Apr 02, 2007 11:22 PM GMT
    I appreciate all the words of encouragement. I am currently 165 with 14.9% BMI ( I think thats how you say that). At any rate, I have never worked out before, so I guess in my mind I want to tone the muscles I have. If that means me putting on more weight, then that's fine. I guess my point is I don't really know what I'm trying to do other than to tone. Sorry, I am the ultimate amateur at this.
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    Apr 03, 2007 1:56 AM GMT
    Talk to your trainer. Explain that you aren't clear on how this is working for you. If he is a good trainer, he will be more than happy to answer all your questions.


    The other guys are right - change takes time and there are all sorts of body types and physiologies that respond in varying amounts of time.

    Perhaps keep a training diary, so that over the weeks you can see your results in the numbers - weight lost or gained, % body fat lost, reps you can comfortably do, weight you are lifting.

    keep at it and good luck
  • GQjock

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    Apr 10, 2007 2:27 AM GMT
    Take a deep breath...now breathe......
    ...It will come

    Keep at it my man.
    Rome wasn't built in a day
    set some goals ... do you want size?
    fitness? Speed?
    Why do you want to workout?
    Do you like cardio or running?
    Do you want a buff bod?
    Now that you've got an intro into it these are the things you need to be askin yourself