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2004/01/21 16:30:38 (permalink)
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100% Newbie!!

Hi everyone...

i've been reading loads of posts on this forum and my head is so full its untrue... lots of quality posts if you know what you're looking for...

so can anyone out there give me a hand, i've just started at the gym last week, mainly cuz i've been a lazy arse for a couple of years now. I used to play rugby league and do 2-3 circuit training sessions a week... since becoming a father i've done very little apart from swimming so any muscle I had is pretty much none existent.. i'm 6.1 and 12.5 stone and I used to be 14 stone.. so i'm looking to get the weight back on but in muscle.. i have a pretty good metabolism cuz i have pretty much eaten whatever and not really gained weight.. and I love my food...

i've read the beginners guide on here and was wondering wether it would be best to follow that for a while and see how I go?..

any advice appreciated
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    Cashman
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/21 16:55:52 (permalink)
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    My answer.... yes, follow that incredible piece of beginners literature called the beginners guide

    Seriously though, the routine and general breakdown I've included will set you on the right path to training, eating and resting right. You will pick up more of the science as you read more detailed info on MT but this is to get new entries to the world of muscle & strength development into the good habits as quickly as possible and get you on the path to great gains. And for what it's worth, most that have read and followed the pointers I have outlined have made great gains.

    Welcome to MT.
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/21 17:27:26 (permalink)
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    cheers Cashman.. I shall print it out and follow it to the letter...
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/21 19:37:06 (permalink)
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    chance are you'll grow pretty quick... good old muscle memory :)
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/21 22:58:14 (permalink)
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    welcome to the board mate and enjoy!!
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/22 10:19:11 (permalink)
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    Welcome m8 im a newbie too as you will see by my post count im the same height and weight as you too and im gonna follow that guide for 12 weeks then see how i go from there.
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/01/22 10:26:04 (permalink)
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    thanks for the warm welcome!!...

    i'll post my progress as I get through the weeks.... the diet side is my main worry... keeping on top of it.. but i'm sure it'll be second nature once i've got it down
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/03/31 13:21:16 (permalink)
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    well just over 2 months on since I posted this thread, i'm now weighing in at 13stone 8lbs which I dont think is too shabby, i've put a bit of fat on but nothing i'm too worried about, i'm still bulking and enjoying the whole thing, food costs are bit of killer, but its working so i'm not gonna duck out... thanks for the continued help people!!!
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/03/31 14:08:43 (permalink)
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    Nice one mate - keep going!
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/03/31 15:54:52 (permalink)
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    How is the training going? How much muscle have you added. I'm guessing at least 8 or 9 Ibs looking at that weight increase which is awesome progress!!!! How have your strength gains been? Do you feel any areas are lagging at all or are all the gains balanced?

    Congrats on great work so far. Keep it up.
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/03/31 17:38:08 (permalink)
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    training is going good, I really enjoy going to the gym, I just hate cardio but I know its gotta be done, I know i'll have to up that at some point!...

    strength gains are coming on steadily, especially on deadlift, squats and military press, only thing i'm lagging on is bench press which I seem to struggle with most of all... any idea's how I can catch up with my bench press?...

    I couldn't say how much muscle i've added, I didnt have a body fat test before I started, but I haven't put much fat on as I was reasonably lean to begin with...

    have to say felt very tired this week, so think i'm gonna take a week off and have a rest then get stuck in again....

    hardest part is keeping my diet in order, but so far i've done well, its just weekends that tend to throw my diet, but I suppose one day out of the week to treat myself isnt bad!
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/03/31 19:41:51 (permalink)
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    Yeah, cheat days aren't all that bad. There's even theories that say that they help prevent cortisol resitance.
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/04/01 10:19:15 (permalink)
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    You might want to try changing the rep range for Bench. I know that it is one of those exercises that many people plateau on first. You could try dropping to 4-5 reps per set on the bench and increasing the weight a little for a month or so and see what happens. It's been nearly 3 months on this routine so I'd expect plateaus to start setting in if you haven't had any rest and a week off is a good idea to let the body recover. You'll come back stronger and it could be all your body needs to gain again as after a few months you can exhaust your Central Nervous System which is responsible for the release of growth hormone so rest is always a good idea every few months IMHO.
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    RE: 100% Newbie!! 2004/04/01 10:37:24 (permalink)
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    thanks Cashman... i'll rest next week then and when I start the week after i'll drop my rep range & up the weight on bench press and take it from there

    when you say rest, do you mean a total rest or can I still do cardio excercise?
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