a hello and question

  • AzBearin

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    Apr 26, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    I've been lurking around RealJock for awhile and wanted to get involved, etc. I've been working out for awhile and not real happy with my workouts, results and so forth. I've been looking over some of the programs and looking for some comments on the programs. Had a health assessment this week at work and while the results were not terribly surprising it kinda kicked me in the butt to get off my ass and do something! I would like to get rid of about 20 to 25 lbs (around the gut) and pack on some muscle, definition etc. Was looking over the Strong-Lean and the Muscle-Building programs and curious on how effective the programs are, looking for how people feel they have progressed. Was it worth it? and finally does it make a difference which one to start on? Strong-Lean first then muscle building? Thanks!!icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 26, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    I am sorry that I can not answer your questions. What I have seen on RJ seems awesome. But when I started getting back into working out, I knew I couldnt discipline myself.

    I hired a personal trainer and joined Golds Gym. I am now a great proponent of personal trainers...at least for the first six months. He will train you, observe you, catch errors not just in your form but in your body.

    If you want to use those RJ programs, take them into him and tell him that this is the track you want to be on when you leave him in ___ months.

    I am just finishing my 7th month with my trainer and he is great.
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    Apr 26, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    I'd have to second what Caslon said. If you can afford it, hire a personal trainer. Make sure it's a good one by making sure that he measures stuff and gives you some timelines on what to expect and how much effort you need to exert (in terms of diet and gym time). If after certain checkpoints you're not seeing the progress you want to, and you've actually been doing everything he/she tells you, then drop them like a bad habit and get someone else. A good personal trainer is really really worth it.

    If you can't afford a personal trainer, the Real Jock Strong and Lean program is a great start. It's got some awesome functional exercises, and takes a certain level of fitness to complete them. Once you can do the program all the way through, in 12 weeks, post another topic asking where to go from there.

    bodybuilding.com is also a great place to read up on articles and blogs on how people do what you want to do as well.

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    Apr 27, 2008 10:38 AM GMT
    well i would say what the other guys said but.....
    people like me cant really afford a personal trainer, second i would recommend a book called the mens hard body workout,published by mens health
    really simply easy to follow even give you a routine and an overall look at some of the most used excersises used today.
    i would explain more but only if you wanna to hear me out.
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    May 01, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    I agree with all of the above. In Dallas, years ago, i used a trainer for about a year with great results. I fell off the wagon and have gotten back on it in the last few months. I am using a WONDERFUL book called "Ultimate Muscle Mass, the Training Program" by Bob Myhal. It is wonderful! 12-14 week program and the results are astounding. Of course, I supplement with a couple of things and am eating right as well. Bob Myhal's book holds you accountable, no pie in the sky stuff, and I have really enjoyed the program. I might could use a trainer again, but so far have not felt the need.
    Check it out.

    Best of luck!