Need help geetting started

  • Baylean

    Posts: 3

    Nov 27, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    hey guys new to all this and have a few questions, if anyone can help it would be great. i havent worked out much in my life and know that it should an important part of my life. i am 25 6'1 not too overweight, 198.5lbs i have very strong legs as i used to ride a bike about 7 miles a day. my main problem is my stomach, was is more of a beer belly (though i dont drink like i used too) and weak arms. i dont bike anymore because back in september an idiot ran a red light and hit me broking my clavicle bone. i dont have access to to gym but i do own an Elliptical and i plan on starting the abs diet on the first. can anyone give me any ideas on quick effective tips for working out without a gym? any tips for someone new to all this? thanks
  • asupas

    Posts: 234

    Nov 27, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    Baylean - I would just do some searching around the internet. There is a ton of information out there for people who don't want to pay for gym memberships or don't have access to the facilities. From the articles that I've read, the home workout plans are centered on Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, and Dips. These target most of the large muscle groups pretty effectively and will help you get in to shape.

    I'd also invest in some basic gear to target the smaller muscle groups and add some variety to your workout. Look for the following:

    -Basic adjustable dumbbell set. Bowflex makes an interesting (albeit a bit pricey) model,

    -Exercise Ball. Buy one off for around $20. Make sure to take your height in to account. At 6'1 I think your ideal size is about 65' in diameter. The ball is obviously good for your core but will also serve as your 'bench' for your dumbbell chest, back and shoulder workouts.

    -Cables: Also around $20.. a cheaper but less flexible way to add some resistance to your workout.

    Sounds like sticking to the cardio and modifying your diet will get rid of the gut. Adding some resistance training will help you lose weight much faster.

    Good luck.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 27, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    Well good for you my man on starting to get the ball rolling for yourself...
    Consider this the start of a whole new lifestyle
    if you can't get to a gym you're going to have to be a little more resourceful
    like someone said before me take a look on the net here and see some beginner at home workouts that you can do
    you will probably need some free weights to get you started which aren't expensive
    and the other thing is get out there and start enjoying the outdoors if you can .... run... hike
    get those cals burning
    and the other thing is get yourself on a good healthy diet that you can live with
    lo-cal to some extent
    little carbs
    and lo lo fat
    deep six the beers ... just every once in a while
    and the fast foods
    best of luck and good on ya!
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    Nov 28, 2007 12:41 AM GMT
    Men's Health actually has a great series on working out without equipment. Most guys underestimate the effectiveness of body weight exercises.
  • asupas

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    Nov 30, 2007 11:52 PM GMT
    I saw this on Amazon today and thought of your situation. The bowflex dumbbell set is 50% off. It's not a bad set if space is an issue. Unfortunately this set only goes up to 20 lbs but might be a good way to get started.
  • Baylean

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    Dec 02, 2007 4:44 AM GMT
    cool thanks for the help, that would be a great starter set i cant get to a gym at this time but in the latter months will be joining one so they would be great
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    Dec 02, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    I sure would consider joining a gym, and being around people that can help you and inspire you.