Going to start going to the gym

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  1. Swift

    Swift Purple Belt

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    I got a membership at the beginning of the month and have been putting it off, but now I have finally decided that I'm going to start going to the gym. I think I might use Carnels routine he posted. My question is if I will need a weight belt or something like that, and what is a good weight to start with. I'm not tooking about exact numbers just if its something that Is light, moderate, or heavy. I'm sorry if this has been posted before, I'm just a freakishly confused Noob.

    Day one: Deadlifts
    Deadlifts 5X5
    Stiff Legged Deadlifts 3-4X5-8
    Bent Over Barbell Rows 4X6
    Shrugs 3-4X6-12

    Day Two: Bench
    Bench Press 5X5
    Skull Crushers 3-4X6-8
    Overhead Press (seated, standing, dumbbells or barbells) 3-4X6-8
    DB Bench Press 3X8-12
    Add in an assistance lift for what you consider your weakest area

    Day Three: SquatsSquats 5X5
    Front Squats 3-4X6
    Whatever ham/lowback/quad assistance you
     
  2. Das Uberdog

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    have you ever lifted before, and more specifically, have you ever lifted these lifts before?

    how much do you weigh & how tall are you?
     
  3. Swift

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    Nope to the first to, 5'11" 130 lbs. I have the feeling that I'm doing something wrong.
     
  4. LPF4

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    What's your body fat? Edit: No need to post just saw your reply.

    Where's the cardio?

    Most importantly what's your goal? What are you trying to achive?

    Don't use someone else's routine unless you have the same goal.

    What weight to start with? A light one. For bench just do the bar. If you can do it easy (say 10 times) then add some 10's on each side. Keep going until you reach a point where is get's harder and harder. Record the number of reps and weight in a log so the next time you go to the gym you know what you did. Then just try to improve a little bit each time you go to the gym.

    Don't try to do too much on the 1st day. It will take a few times of going to the gym for each exercise for you to determine what you are comfortable with.

    Read the sticky's!
     
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    That looks fine, although somewhat broad. Fill in those (Finish with typical hamstring exercise here) stuff and repost this. And don't use a weight-belt for training.

    Seperate your cardio by at least 5-6 hours from your weight training, and eat like a savage. Go to abcbodybuilding.com and look up bulking diets.
     
  6. Das Uberdog

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    what makes you think you're doing something wrong? it would be good for your form if you have an experienced friend who can watch you & let you know if you're doing the exercises right.

    to answer your first question, just start out with the bar and get the form right. ... ah LPF4 said it already, just take it slow & do what's comfortable. after you've been lifting for a few weeks & have been raising the weight, you can start to press yourself more significantly.
     
  7. Swift

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    I'm trying to go for size. Can any of you reccomend a good routine for a first timer?
     
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    Get someone to check your form on lifts like the deadlift, it an akward move when you have never done it b4. Stick ya ass out and have ya shoulders back, and u'll know its right when you feel like u look stupid :p
    if u want size have reps around 6-10 (seams to be the concensus).
    your best off probably lifting to gain mass for a few months and then to start lifting for power (lowering reps)
     
  9. Das Uberdog

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    this forum is for strenght + power discussion, so it's not really bodybuilding oriented. if you do those lifts, you will get stronger and bigger, though.
     
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    You get bigger by eating more. Again I will say this because it is important, go light for awhile, perform the lifts with good form, and leave your ego at home.
     

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