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The right routine for me?????

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2004/03/22 21:58:28 (permalink)
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The right routine for me?????

Hi - Im a beginner to working out and have been visiting a gym for the last 5 weeks.

My question is this - the body i would like to achieve would be very similar to either Brad Pitt in the film Fight Club/Snatch or Mark WarlBurg in the CK ads: muscular and lean but not over the top!

Im 6.3 and approx 105kg and can pinch more than an inch?
Because i work from home, i can work out anytime of the day and indeed every day.

What is the best routine i.e reps/sets?


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    Scourge_of_God
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    RE: The right routine for me????? 2004/03/22 22:21:27 (permalink)
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    Mate - At 6'3'' you'd have to put on one hell of a lot of muscle to look 'over the top'. I wouldn't worry about that right now.

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=75977 is a general purpose newbie routine I made up earlier, which might be useful for you. Also check out the 'Need a routine?' link. I believe FrankyNY's 5x5 Routine comes highly recommended, although I've never used it myself.
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    RE: The right routine for me????? 2004/03/22 23:43:07 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the quick reply - not quite what i was expecting to read! Reps have been between 8 to 15, from 3 to 4 sets.

    No more than six reps, is this for newbies only?

    Also, what are compound and isolation exercises?

    Many thanks
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    RE: The right routine for me????? 2004/03/23 00:04:32 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by johnboyfats

    Thanks for the quick reply - not quite what i was expecting to read! Reps have been between 8 to 15, from 3 to 4 sets.

    No more than six reps, is this for newbies only?


    Nope... This is a general guideline for pretty much everyone except steroid bodybuilders, who quite often seem to have a completely different agenda to everyone else. There can be exceptions to the guideline (I believe MT member Bencher regularly uses more than 6 reps per set and he's moving a lot more weight than me, so I won't argue with that) but unless you really know what you're doing, I wouldn't recommend it.

    This is all, of course, MHO.
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    Also, what are compound and isolation exercises?


    I'm don't have exact definitions of them to hand, but I'll do my best. (I knows them when I sees them.)

    I've seen isolation exercises defined as either 'an exercise that incorporates a single muscle group as the primary mover' or 'an exercise that requires the movement of only a single joint'. To me it seems that the second definition includes exercises like goodmornings and sldls, which I feel makes it rather less meaningful than the first definion (which is the one I was using in my post). Examples of isolation exercises include bicep curls (bis), skullcrushers (tris), hamstring curls (hams) and leg extensions (quads).

    Compound exercises are basically anything that isn't an isolation exercise i.e. exercises that use a number of muscle groups as the primary movers or exercises that require the movement of more than one joint (again depending on the definition used - the first in my case). Examples of compound exercises include squats and deadlifts(hams, quads, glutes, erector spinae and others) and bench and dips (tris, pecs, delts and others).
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    RE: The right routine for me????? 2004/03/23 22:27:14 (permalink)
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    one thing to remember, too: you need to have the muscle mass before you can even thinking about sculpting it. to that end, i think you'll find that designing a routine around compound lifts will be the most beneficial. do some research around this board, most users share the same lifting ideals and there's some very informative posts.
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