See when i first read your post i was thinking, ah another gay boy wants a perfect chest and abs, lol. I thought it was stupid and just passed it up b/c i didnt want to seem like a dick.
I revisited and saw some posts, and CuriosKidd had a great point. Why only your chest and abs? I know we relate perfect torso to being attractive. But personally i get sick when i see a guy with a beautiful body and small arms and legs. I dont think they "struggle" to tone and grow those parts but they dont focus on them b/c they feel their manhood at attractiveness comes from their chest and abs. lol. It doesn't, i'd take a man with legs before anything.
Do your Research. Getting fit requires work. It is a job and a vocation. It requires, reading, learning, and experimenting. It doesnt come easy. Grab your books are scholarly articles, you'll find, *Mind Over Matter: Chinese researches found that subjects that did exercises pretending to lift wights (no weights, used only concentration to contract muscle and focus on the exercise) gained as much muscle mass as the subjects that followed a traditional work out routine with weights in the gym. Showing up is only 10%, working should be your goal at the gym. Muscle Burns Fat: *You canNOT spot train, you can do sit-up all day you will never get a "six pack". If you work out your legs, your largest muscle group, they will grow muscle. That muscle will use fat in your body for energy. Now i dont want you to do exercises you dont want to do.
Good for you for going to the gym and getting a membership. Keep going, stay healthy. You'll live longer, isn't that most important after all? Learn about lifting. Your knowledge wont come from Mens Health or any fitness Mag. Anything that is an advertisement is a joke. Be Wary. Have fun.
Tell your gym buddy girl friend she's packing on some pounds, and she'll stay longer.