Fitness Help!

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    Jul 14, 2016 9:04 PM GMT
    Hey!

    A few months ago I got back into the gym scene (Planet Fitness), and I still have yet to see any types of results. And yes, I know that things aren't going to happen over night, and that it's going to take time. I am more than willing to put in the work, and to be patient. I just assumed that I would at least see something after about 3 months of working out. I generally try to go 5-6 times a week. I did have a workout plan made, but I have no idea if it's actually a good plan or not for my goals. When it comes to fitness and working out, I'll be the first to say that I'm a complete idiot!

    I guess what I'm getting at, and wondering, is there anybody out there who would be able to maybe take a look at my workout plan for me, and maybe offer some advice and guidance? I wouldn't really say that I'm fat, or overweight, but I could definitely afford to lose a few lbs. I'm aiming to lose fat and build some muscle.

    You can check out my instagram (jordrose) just to have a better idea of where I'm at.

    Any and all advice is welcome and very very appreciated! icon_smile.gif
  • leanandclean

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    Jul 15, 2016 12:52 PM GMT
    I have said it before on these forums, often a good personal trainer can be very helpful.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 15, 2016 3:44 PM GMT
    leanandclean saidI have said it before on these forums, often a good personal trainer can be very helpful.


    We have a trainer in my gym that is a god so I watch him (and his clients) a lot during intervals. And I have a friend at my other gym that has been using a trainer for years. I've never seen either trainer actually do much nor have I seen much in the way of results. I asked my friend why he pays for a trainer and he said he needs the motivation and discipline. OK, but I think unless you're at competition level, these guys are mostly babysitters.

    OP, I'll be glad to look at your your plan and offer my experience. Private me. I'm not an expert but over the years I've figured out how to lose fat and gain muscle.
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    Jul 17, 2016 3:50 AM GMT
    jordrose saidHey!

    ...is there anybody out there who would be able to maybe take a look at my workout plan for me, and maybe offer some advice and guidance?icon_smile.gif


    That's a personal trainer... and the reason you need one is because without knowing your body, and your goals, no one can tell you if your programming is correct, or not. Each person is going to be different in their strengths, weaknesses, injuries, diet... a good personal trainer (I prefer the term "coach") is going to have the knowledge to consider all of that, and get you on the right path to getting results. That's what they've spent years of their life learning to do, and that's why they charge for it. They make sure you're not wasting your time, or your money.

    My advice would be to ditch Planet Fitness, all together. You're only paying $10-20 a month there... but you're throwing it away. Find a crossfit gym, and go talk to the coaches. Those places often have multiple coaches that cover a broad range of disciplines. You don't have to go for crossfit. Meet with a Coach once a week, and it shouldn't be TOO expensive. If money is a problem for you just say so.

    My coach charges me about $25 per session, and so far, it's been worth every penny. I felt kinda lost, before. Like walking into the gym and just not knowing where to start... or which exercises had a better chance of injuring me, or which ones would help with the actual physical problems I was having. With my coach.. I feel like I'm doing focused, challenging exercises, safely... developing the skill of lifting weights. It's so completely different from walking around Planet Fitness, hoping I was choosing the right exercise plan. 6 months from now I feel like I'll be able to look back and know my time and money were well spent.
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    Jul 19, 2016 12:32 AM GMT
    jordrose saidI guess what I'm getting at, and wondering, is there anybody out there who would be able to maybe take a look at my workout plan for me, and maybe offer some advice and guidance? I wouldn't really say that I'm fat, or overweight, but I could definitely afford to lose a few lbs. I'm aiming to lose fat and build some muscle.

    You can check out my instagram (jordrose) just to have a better idea of where I'm at.

    Any and all advice is welcome and very very appreciated! icon_smile.gif


    More details would be helpful. What are your goals? Are you trying to lean out or build muscle? Unfortunately, it is an either/or if you want to see results in either direction quickly. And I advise starting by leaning out so that when you DO start to build muscle, you will see the gains easier and more clearly.

    I'm guessing that your nutrition is the major issue. If you're trying to lean out you have to be at a caloric deficit (consumer fewer calories than you use). The best way to make sure you're at a caloric deficit is to first calculate how many calories that would be and then tracking each and every one of those calories for at least a week so that you can train yourself to make better food choices and to opt for smaller portions. I use an app called MyFitnessPal to track my calories/carbs/fats/proteins.