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Just started training!

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2011/03/22 19:04:24 (permalink)

Just started training!

Hi all,
I'm pretty new to lifting (hence posting in the beginner section!) but I've had a few tries on and off, and now I've found my motivation. Mainly because I'm a skinny lad and want to be a bit bulkier and proud of my body. 
The only thing is, I've read a lot of posts on the net about how easy it is to be doing the wrong thing and totally hinder my progress without even knowing. So could you guys tell me if my plan at the moment is any good?
(Btw, I'm 18, 6.2" and 168 pounds, male. For the record)
I started swimming a couple months ago, and I'd like to keep this up, so I'd swim about 3 days a week and train the others.
I can't reeally access a gym due to finance and for the same reason getting hold of supplements like whey protein would be difficult. I have started eating plenty though, with lots of protein in my diet - lots of bananas, porridge, milk, meat, nuts, etc.
I do have a decent set of dumbells though (can have them up to 10kg each) and all the motivation in the world! 
I planned to bulk up properly for summer, but I realise this may be a bit hasty - however I will get as far as I can by then, and then carry on further! 
What do you guys reckon? Are there any training schedules that you know of that would pretty much fit my needs?
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    Hoppy1975
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/22 20:50:28 (permalink)
    Hello mate, firstly I would start by posting your diet in the relevant section....if bulking is priority then you will get some good advice regarding what to eat and quantities..........Definatley keep the swimming up as some of the weight you start to gain will be fat and this will help to keep it under control, plus swimmimg will aid all round fitness...........As for structuring a good routine with 10kg dumbells that will be hard as you should be including big compound lifts such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, rows etc all of which will need alot more weight than 20kg, any excercises you can do are better than none at all but really you need to join a decent gym or failing that invest in some heavier dumbells, a barbell and a bench as a starting point !
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/22 21:08:45 (permalink)
    Cheers Hoppy, I'll post my diet soon and see what people say. I'm pretty weak to be honest, I'll keep using the dumbells to try and increase my strength while looking for a way to get into a gym or buy some more suitable equipment :)
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/24 12:36:11 (permalink)
    Hey mate, welcome to MT. As hoppy said, you would need to at least get a hold of a barbell and a good bench. You will need this as a bare minimum if your going to add some mass to your body.
    If your eating a diet to bulk up but not getting some decnt training then you will add too much fat. A little fat is expected as you will be eating a surplus of cals tho.
    Also be patient and stick to the diet as best you can, simply eating everything thats not nailed down will be a fast way to too much fat addition, structure is the key with both diet and training.
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/24 14:28:27 (permalink)
    Well make sure you don't end up like those idiots that just focus on Arms and Chest, make sure that you include compound exercises like, (SDB) Squats, Deadlift and Bench-press. These Compound exercises are the ones that will really build strength, especially Squats & Deadlifts as  they use most of the Muscle in you Body. Concentrate on (SDB) and view everything other exercise as supplementary.
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/26 10:49:34 (permalink)
    Check your local classifieds for unwanted weights and benches.
     
    I know it's not to everyones taste, but go to your local tip, quite often they sell items that have been thrown away. You might be lucky enough to pick up some old weights.
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    Re:Just started training! 2011/03/27 00:24:08 (permalink)
    Cheers guys, lots of helpful advice. Finance is tight at the moment, but I'll try and find a way around that and get hold of a bench and barbell. Definitely watching my diet too, got some nifty advice from the nutrition section - I'm damn lucky this forum and it's member's are so helpful :D
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