New to this whole "Working out" thing - Need tips!

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    Aug 23, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    Hey, so im relatively new and inexperienced to this whole like buffing up/slimming down cycle thing and know quite little about it to be honest, but what I do know is that I wanna buff up. Heres a pic of where I am, but what im goin for is a few things, cause I like to think that I at least quasi know what im doing in a gym.


    Im looking to get a swimmers v, seeing as I have no sign of getting one, and also a bigger chest/arms. Side note: I am not a benching fan cause it makes my elbows creak and me feel old, but if I need to get back under the bar and suck it up, I guess I could.

    Hints? Tips? Tricks? I dont wanna look all skinny anymore haha
  • GWriter

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    Aug 23, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    The basics never change: lift heavy (but safely), focus on the major compound lifts--presses, squats, deadlifts (you may need to get someone to show you the proper form)--and EAT.
    Good luck!
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    As already mentioned, form, along with technique is tantamount to success. See if guys at the gym can offer tips. Find a workout buddy - you'll need it when you start lifting heavy. There's a wealth of workout routines on the web, and you tube has some great vids. Don't overwork your muscle groups. Allow for good recovery. Focus on nutrition at the same time. And remember, you are your own critic, so don't be too hard on yourself and remember that genetics does play a role in your growth and development.

    In the beginning, a friend introduced me to weight training, but he never showed me form and technique which was a recipe for future disaster. When I hit my first plateau, I hired and trainer and it was the best investment towards my health and body that I could ever have made. Best wishes, mate!
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    Eat is #1 to put on any size. Get a book or a lot of the guys here follow the 12week program here.
    If you don't want to get "under the bar" find other exercises. Use dumb-bells where you aren't limited in the range of motion might stop some of the creaking and popping.

    My joints creak and pop all the time, some of us just do.
    Good luck and keep us all posted
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    I'm not a huge fan of the barbell bench press either because I seem to develop shoulder impingment pretty easily even when using perfect form. I still use it as a change of pace, but I prefer dumbbells. They're really versatile, and they help me isolate and control my form better.
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    Aug 23, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    If you want a swimmers body, take it from a swimmer and swim haha. The only way to get it is to work out like a swimmer, that's why we have our own whole body type.
  • AllAmericanJo...

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    Aug 23, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Go to the forums and read the stickies in the Nutrition, Exercises, Workout Programs, and Supplements sub-forums. I'll make it easy for you:

    Best two pieces of advice I've gotten:

    1) Rest and nutrition are just as important as training. Keep them in balance, don't overdo or neglect any piece.

    2) What works for others in terms of traning and nutrition may not work for you. Discard what does not work for you and keep what does. This trial-and-error can take months or even years.

  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 23, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    As said above, you want a swimmer`s body, then you`ll need to exercise like one! It`ll be good as it`ll develop your cardio and some toning/strength/muscle. But you can maybe mix it up with some walking, cycling, etc. Rowing will also help develop your cardio and strength.This will be a good foundation for more rigorous weight training as you progress.

    If you`re completely new to all this then go gently at first to avoid injuries. You can step it up later when fitter and stronger.

    You`ll need to watch your diet as well. Make sure you get enough calories per day to feed your body, try to reduce the fat, especially saturated animal types(solid at room temperature)and eat good quality lean protein at 1.5g/kg. of body weight.

    Drink plenty of fluid during your workouts and through the day. Don`t wait to feel thirsty. Water is fine enough for that.

    Best wishes!

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    Aug 30, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    ...creaking joints can be eliminated with proper nutrition and stretching. Eat more raw green produce and low-sugar fruits, berries and nuts, all kinds of herbs but especially turmeric and cinnamon for anti inflammatory, horse radish, mustard, etc... Use organic raw eggs in your smoothie as this is the BEST WAY to gain muscles. Nutrition is 50-80 percent of the result. Good luck and msg me for questions.