new to working out

  • joshuaxaaron

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    Nov 04, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    i just got a gym membership and me and my friend are planning on getting all health-afied. i want to gain like 15 pounds of muscle but i dont want to look like the hulk and im not sure where to begin...i was contemplating getting a personal trainer if i could afford it. any advice?
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    Nov 04, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    Most gyms will give you a few personal training sessions when you sign up to get you on the right path (Gold's gives 3). Ask at your gym, and pick up some books at the bookstore/library. Research ectomorph and weight training... that should get you in the right direction.

    Good luck.
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    Nov 04, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    there is a lot of knowledge on here. Read some of the articles, look at the workout plans etc. As you get more specific questions people will help- and a lot of us are fitness professionals.

    And remember: you are not going to turn into a hulk by accident. It´s a lot of hard work over a long time... so go all out to start with and when you are getting too big then jump off the train. Otherwise you are likely to see meagre results.

    Enjoy RJ, and don´t take the jerks too seriously....


    OH and my two main tips for your first month

    (1) Get in a routine... 3 times a week is enough for starters... much more important to do something that you will keep doing

    (2) Don´t get injured (ie learn how to do it right, and start off easy). The secret is consistent work, and you can´t do that if yo get injured.
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    Nov 04, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidEnjoy RJ, and don´t take the jerks too seriously....


    Don't listen to Lost. Take it all very seriously! 'Cause lord knows enough on here already do. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 05, 2009 7:05 AM GMT
    sensing some inside jokes, but thanks guys
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    I have a similar question about starting out at the gym. I have begun working with a trainer and on Monday did an hour of exercises with emphasis on my legs.

    Two days later, my thighs were still so sore that I could barely bend over to pick up the newspaper in the driveway.

    I had done leg presses, etc., at the gym where I went before moving and taking a two-month break, but I think I was easier on myself.

    Should I expect to feel this sore, or am I pushing too hard to get back in shape? This is my second week with a trainer doing hour sessions three times a week.
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    Nov 21, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    Soreness is good. It usually means that you are doing something right in my opinion. You should start to get used to it fairly quickly if you keep it up, and then you will probably get to a point where you find yourself working out harder and harder just to feel that soreness again.
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    Nov 21, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    when you work your legs hard it hurts.. it gets less with time, but doesn´t go away...
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidwhen you work your legs hard it hurts.. it gets less with time, but doesn´t go away...


    It doesn't go away, so plan your leg workouts accordingly, but you'll learn to love that ache.
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    Nov 22, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    Congratulations on joining the gym. I wish you all the success in achieving your personal goal. I never had a personal trainer when I started but I had a few friends and guys who were a part of the gym show me the 'ropes' for a few sessions. This worked and I also did alot of reading of body building and fitness magazines to obtain more knoweledge in doing the correct excercises and other useful tips.

    But here are my tips on getting the 15 pounds of muscle added:
    1. Don't over train. I know it will seem as though that the more you do the
    more you will gain but that is not the case. Your body needs rest in order
    for it to grow. So limit your training to no more than 5 times a week an 1hr
    a session. Remember staying in the gym longer won't do any good either
    based on the law of deminishing returns.

    2. Don't watch what others are doing. Go at your own pace and try not to
    injur your self by lifting too heavy. If you want to go heavy be sure to get
    someone to assist you.

    3. Get some sleep. This is necessary for the body to repair your muscle
    tissues.

    4. Most important you need to eat well. Eat at least 4-5 times a day to help
    feed the muscles and to keep your metabolism up. Good muscle building
    foods I would recommend to you are raw almonds (with the skin), whey
    protein, extra virgin olive oil, spinich, natural peanut butter, chicken breast
    oats, seeds (pumkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds), non fat or low
    fat cottage cheese, whole grain rice and bread, low or non fat yogurt, oats,
    skim or low fat milk, seamoss, eggs and friuts and vegetables and remember to drink lots of water.

    5. I would recommend that you try to eat before goint to gym at least an 1hr
    before in order to have energy and eat after you excercise in order to repair muscles.

    Good luck and have fun building your 15 pounds