Dazed and Confused

  • DCEric

    Posts: 3784

    Apr 27, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    Ok. So it has been almost a year since I began going to the gym. At first I wasn't serious about it, but during the last 6-8 months I have begun training more intensely. I actually want to build muscle, 6-pack abs, yack, yack, yack.

    What I am doing: I don't know. I mostly am using machines , not free weights, even though I know I need to at least start doing that. I can't say anything about the machines I am using, because I don't know their names, nor the exercise I am doing when I use my own body for resistance.

    Here is a breakdown of my workout schedule. Sundays: Legs, Mondays: Abs, Tuesdays: Arms/Chest, Thursdays: Legs, Fridays: Abs, Saturday: Arms/Chest. Every other day I run for 30 minutes at 7 mph, 1.5 incline. On the other day 12 minutes 5 mph 6.0 incline. Over time, as I have become more comfortable, I have added new machines on the appropriate day. I have no trouble making myself sore the following day on the appropriate body part (which I understand to be a good sign). When I am working a specific body part, I spend between an hour and an hour and a half beyond the treadmill.

    Diet wise, I haven't done anything special. I don't have a sweet tooth, no interest in Micky D's (or his friends Wendy, Roy, Arby...etc). I just eat when I am hungry, which worked before the gym (check out my pre-gym picture at the beach to see what I mean). I started having protein shakes at the suggestion of my partner, who once went to the gym, before I met him... but never went as seriously as I am now going.

    So my question is this.... why isn't this working like I would have expected? What more can I do? What shouldn't I be doing? I can't be the only person out there with this problem.

    Thanks for your help,

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    Apr 27, 2008 4:24 AM GMT
    Appears to be working fine; believe it is.

    Try working out with someone who will push you to move into freeweights or whatever you have in mind; hire a personal trainer if you'd like.
  • GQjock

    Posts: 11649

    Apr 27, 2008 10:58 AM GMT
    Just telling us what bodyparts you workout on any given day doesn't tell us enough to give you any real pointers on where you're going wrong
    but I do see that you're neglecting your torso
    you're doing arms enough but I didn't see any time given for back and one day per week for chest
    thats not enough
    if you wanna build muscle you'll have to hit that part at least 2x a week
    and with enough force to cause hypertrophy
    to do that do 4-5 exercises for each body part
    3-4 for arms
    8-12 repetitions when you get to 12 reps for any given exercise up the weight and start at 8 reps again

    that's a pretty good rule of thumb for the basics
  • DCEric

    Posts: 3784

    Apr 27, 2008 1:27 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, thats some helpful information.

    For the record... on days I train my arms I also go after my back and chest. Those are my longest days at the gym.

    The reason for the half hour run is that I am training to run in a 5K in late May. 15-20 minutes won't cover it, but will eventually.