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2008/05/14 17:54:23 (permalink)

Gym equipment

I was thinking of posting this in the beginner section but I think it might fit better here.

I'm 18/M/8.6st and short.

I want to improve my fitness because Im not very active and I have a poor diet and I also want to gain some strength and size. However, I dont want to do it the bodybuilding way like its described on here everywhere, I just want to use the machines at the gym (well at least to start out with).

what do you recommend? I'm thinking 3 times a week, maybe 40 mins; 20 mins running, 20 mins rowing? Or something similar. but I don't have a set routine when it comes to weight lifting. Any ideas at all? I'm not strong to begin with, so bear this in mind, I'm gonna have to start from the bottom. any advice?
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    RE: Gym equipment 2008/05/14 18:17:35 (permalink)
    Really that is what the trainers at the gym should be advising you on. Not exactly an advanced level of questioning for them.

    Steps, running, rowing, stair climbers. Try them all out and see which you like and which you find the least boring. I never run on a treadmill myself and I prefer to be outside but I do like rowing machines. Horses for courses really
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    RE: Gym equipment 2008/05/14 19:24:13 (permalink)
    I would advice taking a look at some of the routines on here, as your starting out you will experience good gains for the first few months the so-called honeymoon period. I'm afraid if you want extra strength and size you will have to look at using some wieghts machines and/or free wieghts. As your not very experienced yet just start of on light weights and get your form sorted and progress from there.

    Onto the cardio, I have been told by my old man (who used to test the fitness of infantry) that 3 times a week is a good level of cardio intensity to improve your fitness, although I'm on no way an expert in cardio, I wouldnt of thought you would be able to do much more than that if you've just started out. Just try to mix up the machines and get a good variation of cardio exercises. On a cardio day I used to do 10mins on the running machine, 10mins on the rowing and 12mins on the bike. There was alot more to my cardio in terms of varying speeds, inclines and therefore intensities but that gives you a basic idea.

    I would have thought tho at your wieght, you wouldnt have a great deal of fat on you and could benifit from putting on a bit of mass as well as the fitness side of things.

    Good luck tho

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    RE: Gym equipment 2008/05/14 22:18:02 (permalink)
    Yeah, but I'm not very active so I need to get my fitness up. Overall my aims are for more energy, strength and size.

    Also, so if I just use the machines to start with for the first few months, it'll be good then? I'll see some good results to begin with, so then I'll be able to progress to heavy lifting etc?

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    I would have thought tho at your wieght, you wouldnt have a great deal of fat on you and could benifit from putting on a bit of mass as well as the fitness side of things.

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