I've JUST Started Working Out! Help Me Out!

  • BerkleeBoy118

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    Jan 23, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    Hey Guysss. So I've just began working out. Don't know much about it at all. but really want to be effective at the gym, and not look ridiculous. which I'm finding is hard to do because I have no idea what I'm doing haha.

    I Do have a trainer, and I'm sure he'll be helping me out a bit with this stuff but I guess it would be cool to have other opinions as well. My goals I guess are to get a little bit bigger and toned. but nothing too crazy.

    Any Tips? Favorite Workout Plans? Meal Plans? that you guys have?

    I really want to start this off on the right foot! Hope U All Can Help =)

    - Jeff
  • turbid2wenty

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    Jan 23, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    What're your goals? Anything specific, or just general fitness?

    If you're a member at a gym, they often have a trainer with whom you can schedule a session or two per year. It might be worthwhile to talk with that person too.

    I'd suggest a partner as well.
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    Jan 23, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    This aricle here on RJ may help you...

    New Year, New You: Which RealJock 12-Week Workout Is Right for Your 2010?
    By RealJock Staff
    Published Jan 01, 2010

    We know that a new year means new goals, renewed motivation, refreshed energy... resolutions, in short. To get you to those goals—whether that means getting in the gym for the first time in your life, or training like an elite athlete—we have workouts designed to suit your needs. Our expert trainers designed the three RealJock 12-Week Workout programs to cover the full spectrum from beginner to elite athlete. Below is a guide to each program, so that you can decide which one makes sense for your goals and fitness levels. Happy lifting in 2010!

  • inuman

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    Jan 23, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    Good on you for wanting to start things out right. Best bet it to schedule a few sessions with a personal trainer who knows what he/she is doing. A lot of trainers now a days just don't care, they do it for the pay or personal image or whatever reason. SO you'll have to find one that is going to ask you a few serious questions first.

    1. Medical injuries that may hinder or reduce movement to any part of the body, if so what range can you do and can't you do.

    2. Any problems with breathing, i.e. deviated septum, asthma, etc.

    3. What do you want to get out of weight training? Is there a specific goal you want to reach? etc.

    Also make sure he/she shows you proper form and knows your limits, getting you to lift heavy weights to gauge your limit is bullshit and any trainer who does that should have their ability to train revoked on the spot.

    When strength training, it may seem that if you use a heavier set of dumbbells, you can save time on your sessions. More weight means fewer reps, right? Well, not exactly. Form is more important than how much you can lift. So if you're struggling with 10-pound weights when doing your bicep curls, you'll end up hunching your back and pressing your hips forward, which could result in a pulled muscle or other injury. Also, correct form will ensure that you're targeting the specific muscle you're trying to work in each move.

    A good rule of thumb is to choose a weight that tires your muscles out after the 10th or 12th rep. By the end of your set, you should still be able to maintain correct form. If you can't, do fewer reps or choose a slightly lighter weight.

    Hope that helps a little and welcome to a new chapter in your life, its one of the most rewarding yet addictive ones you'll start on icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 23, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    Drink a protein shake after you come back from a gym session