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2005/08/02 19:26:19 (permalink)
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Some Pointers Please?

Alright, well I'm very new to working out. I've decided that I want to start but I need some advice. First off I'm 17 yrs. old, 5'7 or so and about 130lbs. I've read that Bodybuilding for beginners post by Cashman and it was really helpful. I was wondering how much weight should i start lifting for different exersizes; I'm new to this so my capabilities are somewhat limited at the moment, its already hard for me to curl 15lbs! ACK. I have a flat bench at home and a dumbell set at home, so what beginner exersizes do you guys recommend for me? My main goal for now is to get 'bigger' and define my upper body because I have no problem with my legs because I have no problem with running Personally I feel a little discouraged everytime I want to start to work out because when I start I can barely do what I came there to accomplish and just end up quitting. So I hope someone here will point me in the right direction.
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    cleg
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/02 20:59:10 (permalink)
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    Dont worry if you cant lift much at the moment mate,we've all got to start somewhere.For your first few weeks training try to concentrate on getting your form right.I would use a weight that you can do fairly easily for 8-10 reps-dont worry about training to failure(or even close to failure) just yet.Once you've got your form nailed you can then think about upping the weight if you feel you can do more.If you get 11 or 12 reps,up the weight a bit so it takes you back to the 8-10 rep range.Regarding exercises,you cant really go wrong with cashmans routine.If theres an exercise in it which you dont have the equipment to do,substitute it for something else.
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/03 13:04:29 (permalink)
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    ^^^ good advice to get you going. Cashmans post is a good one so if you have that firmly embedded in your head you will be fine.
    You may soon get limited by your equipment and wana get into a gym which i would advise as well. Stick to full body stuff 3 times a week maybe until your strength improves, then maybe you can look to getting some sort of routine sorted.
    Whether you favour full body or splitting muscles group up is completely up to you
    Take a look at the diet section as well, Toxic Toffee has a good post about good diet when bulking including a good example.
    Importantly if your struggling dont try too much too fast and stick at it, nothing will happen quickly so you have to be patient.
    To get the most out of your dumbells and bench, take a look at the link below which is a good source of exercises you will be able to do and the right kinda execution
    Exercise list

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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/03 22:42:16 (permalink)
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    Don't get discouraged. It's hard to start lifting. Your weigfhts will go up very quickly once you get the hang of it. Quitting won't get you anywhere...

    Funny story: When I started lifting, I would go with my sister. LOL she did like twice as much weight on everything and people would always talk ****. I was the biggest pussy in the world! But I stuck with it and put on over 90lb.

    Just read everything you can. If you don't understand something, just ask.

    Here's an exercise database that you might find helpful if ur trying to figure out some of the lifts recommended to you:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/exername.php

    The most important thing about getting bigger is what you eat. Read and ask questions over in the diet forum.

    A good website for training articles is www.t-nation.com


    ORIGINAL: canunoobme

    Personally I feel a little discouraged everytime I want to start to work out because when I start I can barely do what I came there to accomplish and just end up quitting. So I hope someone here will point me in the right direction.


    240lbs @ 13% bf

    Squats -- 475lbs
    Deadlifts -- Romanian DL (only ones I can do with an injured back) -- 150lbs dumbells
    Bench -- 325lbs
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/03 22:45:18 (permalink)
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    Here's an awesome article for beginners:

    http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do;jsessionid=2FA7C262B8FD4042A76112EB81293827.hydra?id=460561


    You can start off working with the stuff you have at home, but you will have to get a gym memebrship eventually.

    What exactly do you have at your house?
    post edited by trickassmark - 2005/08/03 22:47:17

    240lbs @ 13% bf

    Squats -- 475lbs
    Deadlifts -- Romanian DL (only ones I can do with an injured back) -- 150lbs dumbells
    Bench -- 325lbs
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    canunoobme
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/06 09:09:38 (permalink)
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    Hey, I appreciate all your help. I'll begin training this next week, I should probably focus more on my form first since that seems like an important place to be at when starting. Btw those links are great, they show me how to do the excersizes and what not.
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/06 09:15:38 (permalink)
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    i always suggest to my beginners

    heavy enough to tax the muscle sufficiently, not too musch that you cant complete required reps and sets with correct form

    i even hide the numbers on the weights from the guys, thus not allowing their ego to get in the way, once they have built the base strength and mastered the technique, showed they are in it for the long run, then i start to structure numbers into their plan

    enjoyment, learning, progression, struture

    thats the general plan i follow, learn the technique, develop range of motion, increase the intensity
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    RE: Some Pointers Please? 2005/08/07 08:59:51 (permalink)
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    Oh yeah. Does anyone know a good way to start warming up? I was thinking a jog, pushups, and lifting light to start out.
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