Gym Question

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    Oct 09, 2007 11:16 PM GMT
    Heya!! I'm 18 years old and i'm 5'8.9", 143lb. In early 2007(February) i was 187Lb. I've lost weight doing diet (stoped drinking coke and fat stuff) and some light, but very light exercise every now and then. icon_razz.gif
    But now i want to have some muscle definition, i want to develop my abs, arms and chest...My goal is to achieve that until next Summer, and i think i have plenty of time.
    I thought about workout on a gym but i really don't know, i'm not sure if it is worth it. There's a gym really near my house (a few streets away)but i've never been to a gym before so i have doubts! icon_sad.gif

    What do you guys think? Should i start to attend to the gym or trying it for myself?? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 09, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    I say go for it FCL. Think as it as an investment in yourself, however, if you sign up and don't actually go to the gym and work out 4-5 times a week it won't be worth your time and money!!

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    Oct 10, 2007 12:59 AM GMT
    I totally agree. Check the gym out and give it a try. I'm sure it's gotta have a trial date, like for 30 days or something. See what you thin, you might really start to be actually liking it. My local Y has a lot of great personal trainers that are ALWAYS around to give me a hand if I need it.
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    Oct 10, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    My view on this is to go to the gym for a number of reasons.

    1. You can see other people that are very good at it, and that can be inspirational.
    2. You have a wide variety of equipment.
    3. It becomes part of a routine.
    4. There's a change in atmosphere.
    5. You might meet some interesting people. Most folks that are very good at fitness, are also very good in many other parts of their lives. They have a strong work ethic, and execute plans for success across many parts of their lives.
    6. It'll help you to gain self-confidence so you can walk with your held high instead of hiding in the shadows as a pictureless.
    7. You'll be more inclined, hopefully, to go, since you're paying for it.
    8. It'll keep you away from smokers, dopers, and the like.
    9. It'll help you learn to interact with your peers in real space, where everyone sees every one else. That's good for your social development.

    Abs are a function of bodyfat levels (as we've all heard ad nauseam). Get your calories up, get small meals often, doing interval training, and the fat will melt off. The trick is in the metabolic activation.

    You need to develop your legs, which you failed to mention in your posting. Legs are work, and if you're lazy, you'll fail, but, 2/3 of your lean muscle mass is in your legs. Every pound of muscle burns 15 calories per day just to exist, therefore, the more muscle you have on you, the easier it will be to stay lean.

    Eat often (make sure you eat enough); get active; get some confidence, get it done.
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    Oct 10, 2007 2:16 AM GMT
    Go to the gym and be 18, don't try to know everything but just observe what others are doing. I've learned some of the best work out ideas just from watching others that I thought were... well, I'll be honest... hot. I figured if I wanted to look like them I should try what they're doing.

    While you can figure out a base of stuff to do on here, its those other things that you really should give a try when you can.
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    Oct 10, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    You owe it to yourself to at least give the gym a chance but one thing I have noticed with newbie’s at the gym is that a lot of times they look lost. If you are not meeting a personal trainer at the gym I would suggest that you go to the gym armed with as much knowledge as you can. There are great web sites with full work outs and meal plans that you can become acquainted with tailored to whatever goal you choose. Take a week or two before you hit the gym to organise your thoughts, and develop an action plan. Two great sites that really helped me are and They both have workouts and nutritional information tailored to whatever goal you have in mind. They also have a very informative section on exercises, their correct execution, and what muscles are worked. The likelihood of being successful at the gym is to have a sense of purpose while there and a feeling of accomplishment when you finish. Best of luck!
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    Oct 10, 2007 10:03 PM GMT
    I must be wasting my gym membership I rarely go 5 or even 4 times a week.

    if your new to the gym start it off gently and sustainably not hung ho or you'll soon burn out, but if you start going a 2 or 3 times a week you'll soon get the bug.

    Do your reading dont buy supps as your first reaction hire a trainer for its investment it will give you ten times the results. Learn about your diet and how you can retain that lean muscle mass and get the fat off and you'll have a nice start to building the muscles up to where yuo want to be.

    Everyone has their opinions as to what works and there is no right or wrong way if done right, the way that works is the way that keeps you coming back for more.

    Go do it and be where ya wanna be
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    Oct 11, 2007 10:09 AM GMT
    if you put in all that work for losing all that weight you owe it to yourself to go that extra step and make it healthy for you...
    get yourself out there to the gym
    it will be good for you on every level
    ...good for your body
    ... good for your mind - it will get you seeing others working out - it will put you in a social atmosphere
    get you out of the house

    ...all round it's a no brainer