all too common topic but help getting started?

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    May 17, 2007 12:01 AM GMT
    i just turned 18 a couple months ago and i'm starting to actually care about my appearance. i'm seriously out of shape right now. i'm 6 feet tall, 135 pounds and no muscle at all. i don't know all the terms, but i basically want to work on slimming down my thighs and getting more defined abs and calves. muscled arms and such aren't really extremely vital to me. if anyone has any ideas as a pregym work up so i'm not totally emarassed to go, please let me know. thanks a lot ^_^
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    May 17, 2007 3:07 AM GMT
    It doesn't sound like you need to slim down anything at that height and weight. If you add muscle, your thighs may look better in proportion? There's a good article on ab workouts here, and you can do some of them at home (look in the workout plans).

    For the leg muscles you want, I wonder if some stair climbing might be a good pre-gym start.
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    May 17, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    Ah youth!! Hey man, at least you're not 18 and 255lbs!!! You have lots of things going for you: lots of testerone, high metabolism, and the desire to make a change. Educate yourself on nutrition and employing a personal trainer for a while to get you started with good workout routines and habits is a great idea too. Good luck, everything is on your side!!!
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    May 18, 2007 9:00 AM GMT
    trust me, being skinny and tall is not that bad so long as you dont have an eating disorder or are in denial about having one as many people are. Don't wory so much about being embarresed and being skinny in the gym since chances are most of the guys didnt start off buff and know where you are coming from. High cal, high protein, lift heavy, low rep. So thats 2-3 workouts per muscle group(bicep is one group, tri is another etc etc), 10 reps each, 3 sets per workout. Break up the workout if you can into day1(back/bi) day2(chest/tri) day 3(legs, shoulders) abs every other day. Thats not my workour but I hear thats pretty standard. do that cycle twice a week and rest on the 7th day (just like God!). If you are eating normally, and you dont have an eating problem, try and eat much more than what you normaly would lots of chicken and rice. lean meats are good. The thing is though, you have to take the first step and join the gym. There is lots of talk on this site with guys who want to start but how many of them actually do? The one key when you do start is: patience!!! Do not expect a qucik fix, everyone puts in lots of time and effort to get to where they are. Some cheat and take short cuts, but that will catch up to them in the future. I hope this helps.