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    Originally Posted by wowswift View Post

    ok help me then. I joined the gym, hubby too (he isn't allowed to lose his stomach tho, yes i have fetishes) but anyways, been slacking cuz been sick whatever. problem is, i can't gain weight. i want to gain. when i did go, i'd fing lose more weight. i want to GAIN, muscles. but, i don't want man arms, so i don't want to be all cut either. i dunno how to explain this for what a girl to look like without having man arms. though yes, i do notice a gain a little when i lift, my problem is, i probably burn over 1k calories at work (prob more when its busier but its pretty slack now). and i guess i don't eat enough to make up for this. i have changed what i eat to mass quantities of protein but that just made me shed like 20lbs that i didn't want to lose, though i'm fat, i wanna keep some of it obv. sigh i dunno. i can eat garbage all day and shit doesn't happen. i have some sick reverse metabolism that is just kicking in now cuz i was always fat, shed the 100, and now im losing more and i dun wanna cuz i want babies :(

    oh how bad would it look if i go to the gym when prego? cuz its gonna happen

    smoke-a-tron rly


    Quite frankly I can't tell if your fat or skinny from this post, just that you don't want "man" arms. If you want defined muscle keep the low weight high reps, don't be doing sets of 3-5 or whatever, do like 3 sets of 15-20, that might tone up the arms for ya and not build "manly" muscle.
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  2. but i want mass too. perhaps im undecided on what i exactly want to do. i do that many sets but heavier weights cuz i don't want to be weak. man arms is outline of muscle. im neither fat nor skinny, i weigh less that what i'm "supposed" too but im not skinny in terms of what skinny is since im fing 5'10" and can squat your weight :) in 3 sets of 15 of course

    guess i should say my fear of man arms makes me work the legs more. so i think im weak in the arms, when tech its my shoulder muscles that seem to be impossible to grow. i have baby ones from the gym, but it seems my triceps and biceps like to grow more :(
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  3. maybe you should just stick to sandwiches, the gym can be pretty confusing.
    Edited By: Moonlight Graham Dec 26th, 2011 at 02:45 AM
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  4. F the gym pghfan. I went to Academy and got a 45lb barbell and ~500lbs in plate weights and got to work in the garage.

    Gyms are the worst, never fails to have someone doing curls in the squat rack or everyone swarming the bench press or just other insane shit. Plus it's a hassle to go in the first place.

    If you have the space, just get some weights and get going. Imperfect action > inaction and all that stuff.
     
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  5. my roommate from college is insane about working out. he sets a workout plan/diet based on what his current goals are and doesn't miss a step and rarely cheats if ever. Because of genetics he's never going to be enormous, but he's 5'9 190 and ripped like crazy. He recently participated in a study where you cut out all protein shakes/bars and instead get your protein from either tuna or boneless/skinless chicken. he said the results have him in the best shape of his life and he no longer spends so much money on supplements, or has to choke down shitty tasting shakes.
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    Originally Posted by Moonlight Graham View Post

    maybe you should just stick to sandwiches, the gym can be pretty confusing.

    yeah for a weak dumbass like you. i don't cook, that's why i got married :)

    obv only go to the gym so i can do my 3 sets of 20 on the hip abductor at 200lbs to maintain the capture and trap technique. i latch on like a damn monkey
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    Originally Posted by JKoblyn View Post

    my roommate from college is insane about working out. he sets a workout plan/diet based on what his current goals are and doesn't miss a step and rarely cheats if ever. Because of genetics he's never going to be enormous, but he's 5'9 190 and ripped like crazy. He recently participated in a study where you cut out all protein shakes/bars and instead get your protein from either tuna or boneless/skinless chicken. he said the results have him in the best shape of his life and he no longer spends so much money on supplements, or has to choke down shitty tasting shakes.

    I try to only have 1 shake a day, post workout. Loading up with power protein isn't the same as getting it from foods like you mentioned. If I cut out that shake I think it would be very difficult and taxing to try and get the 200-250g of protein I want each day via meat.
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    Originally Posted by BigEarn7 View Post

    I try to only have 1 shake a day, post workout. Loading up with power protein isn't the same as getting it from foods like you mentioned. If I cut out that shake I think it would be very difficult and taxing to try and get the 200-250g of protein I want each day via meat.

    i stand corrected - he was able to have 1 shake per day. not sure how recent this pic is, but this is pretty much how he's looked the last few times i've seen him:

    The pic is from some sort of photo shoot he did - not something I just randomly have on my computer for those long cold lonely nights.
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    Originally Posted by JKoblyn View Post

    i stand corrected - he was able to have 1 shake per day. not sure how recent this pic is, but this is pretty much how he's looked the last few times i've seen him:

    The pic is from some sort of photo shoot he did - not something I just randomly have on my computer for those long cold lonely nights.

    Ya that is basically what my ideal look would be physique wise. If you could grab his diet/workout routine that would be much appreciated as I am 5'8 185 now but I look nothing like that with my shirt off.
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  10. so would eating protein post work out help me gain? im serious. i really want to gain muscle, but obv i will have to limit so i don't get weird.
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    Originally Posted by wowswift View Post

    so would eating protein post work out help me gain? im serious. i really want to gain muscle, but obv i will have to limit so i don't get weird.


    Protein post workout will help you gain muscle yes. I always slam a shake as soon as I am done with my workout. You probably want to adjust your whole diet to have more high protein foods/meats in there as well. I don't know much about women's fitness to be honest but it can't be all that different.
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  12. if i can get it i'll pm you
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  13. yeah i started eating more protein as it is, but really eat nothing post gym, try it out i guess.
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    Originally Posted by JKoblyn View Post

    if i can get it i'll pm you


    much appreciated.
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  15. Hey guys whats going on in here?



    Oops, nvm......
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  16. Big Earn told me he got two tug toners for Christmas and asked me to "work out" with him some time.

    I plan to eat as much as I can the next two weeks and then I'm joining a contest at the local park district.

    45 bucks to enter and it's like biggest loser with the winner getting between 450-1000 depending on number of entrants
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    Originally Posted by dolphin13 View Post

    Big Earn told me he got two tug toners for Christmas and asked me to "work out" with him some time.

    I plan to eat as much as I can the next two weeks and then I'm joining a contest at the local park district.

    45 bucks to enter and it's like biggest loser with the winner getting between 450-1000 depending on number of entrants


    I got 2 shake weights... get it right. And I told you we were going to do several grip testing exercises in the local forest preserve area... See you then.
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  18. quality could've been better, anyways...

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  19. Lol. Wp both of you
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    Originally Posted by Unforseen View Post

    Training for this bitch starting Jan 9 hopefully:

    http://toughmudder.com/

    Help me out Bigearn

    I'm 5'9 155 13-16% body fat


    A buddy of my just did this In Tampa. If I remember correctly its like a 11.5 mile long military obstacle course. He had a partner and had a blast. There is one in Atlanta soon too if anyone lives close to there and wants to try it.

    I like the idea of this thread. I'm getting new running/workout shoes Tuesday and will Come back and update when i figure out my regime.
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  21. Wow, try doing pushups, women style { knee bent } and some power yoga. you will get the definition you want without getting too bulky. Also bigearn is right about lower weights and higher reps. Lots of good quality protein and less starches helps also. Do a fair amount of core work too, it really helps when time to push out baby. Kat
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    Originally Posted by Pghfan987 View Post

    I probably need to do something soon or I'm going to die. I eat OK (could eat healthier of course) but my exercise is minimal and my alcohol consumption is excessive.

    I joke about alcoholism a lot (and even made a song about it), but the fact is I do drink too much, and increased alcohol consumption is clearly the cause of my weight gain over the last year or so. I don't wake up in the morning and drink, or get sick, or black out, or have uncontrollable impulses or anything like that ... but I probably have about 20 drinks each week, spread out over 3 days. It's basically a reflex for me to make myself a drink when I am going through stress. The last year has been very, very stressful on me ... for the purposes of this post it doesn't matter why. Plus I drink on weekends when we go out to have a good time. I envy the people who say that the gym is their stress reliever, because it has never been that for me.

    I'm moving to Costa Rica in January. I have no idea what the grocery and gym situations will be like, but I'm going to try my best to get physically healthy in 2012. There are a lot of things I can't control, but if I went from horribly unhealthy and out-of-shape to at least how physically fit I was in college, then 2012 will likely be a net win for me.

    I'm happy to hear any practical advice.

    Honestly man it sounds like you already know the advice you're going to hear, it's really tough to stay lean if you drink that much through the course of the week and aren't active enough to offset it. It's not about flicking on some lightswitch to make you shredded, but if you can make small, manageable changes in your lifestyle you should slowly see a net gain over time, eat better, drink less, run/lift do anything active more etc, the start for me was playing a ton of pickup basketball, which moved to running 4x a week, to lifting etc.

    So in terms of practical advice, join a gym if you don't belong already. Lay your clothes out on the floor, so you're reminded to go, plus since you're already paying for it you'll feel like a huge POS if you don't go.Or just chill on the drinking, or if you're going to drink, drink captain and diets instead of heavy lagers. Small changes, and then once you start to see/feel results, you won't want to turn back.

    And remember, nothing tastes as close to good as being lean.....
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    Originally Posted by wowswift View Post

    yeah i started eating more protein as it is, but really eat nothing post gym, try it out i guess.

    Post workout is the most important time to consume protein.you want to try and get some sort of protein in your body within 30 minutes after your workout.A shake is usually the easiest, however I sometimes eat a can of tuna. You also might want to look into BCAA's( branched chain amino acids).These in my opinion are crucial to recovery, adding size and strength.
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    Originally Posted by Randers View Post

    F the gym pghfan. I went to Academy and got a 45lb barbell and ~500lbs in plate weights and got to work in the garage.

    Gyms are the worst, never fails to have someone doing curls in the squat rack or everyone swarming the bench press or just other insane shit. Plus it's a hassle to go in the first place.

    If you have the space, just get some weights and get going. Imperfect action > inaction and all that stuff.

    I'm the exact opposite. I could never motivate myself when I had weights and a treadmill in my basement. I would put it off all night until it was 11:00 pm and too late to workout. There are way too many distractions at home, and when everything is right there at your convenience, it's too easy to get complacent.

    I'm far more motivated going to a gym. I go after work so there's no lounging around getting lazy; other people and crowds motivate me; the equipment is 100x better; set hours and closing times mean I can't wait until late at night.

    And it's a good place to meet people. I can't tell you how many times I've been out to a bar and had a girl come up to me because she recognized me from the gym. (Well, not that many. Three or four times.)

    It's all about personal choice. Definitely figure out what's best for you before you invest in a home gym or sign a 1-year membership.
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  25. My knee is basically fucked so I can't really do too much gym work. The only thing I can do that doesn't make me feel like I can't walk for a few days after is swimming. I like going for a swim but it does get boring when that is the only thing you can really do. Find out next week what they date for my surgery is though so hopefully by the end of the year I can be back doing a proper gym workout
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  26. I like to not wear pants, any suggestions?
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  27. Just got the INSANITY dvds last week, from what i hear they are incredibly tough but the results are amazing if you can stick with it. Mostly Cardio which is what im looking for at 5'7 174 goal is a slimmed down/ get rid of the fat 155-160lb. Its a 60 day workout so i think it is do able as long as i stick with it
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  28. Don't really know where to start off in as far as providing advice in here. For those of you just looking to start working out or joining a gym I'd highly suggest just starting out with cardio and stretching for the first few weeks. The hardest part about new people entering a gym is feeling intimidated by the free weight area or not knowing how to use any of the machines. You can't really mess up or feel shy about jumping on a piece of cardio equipment so do that to help you ease into the setting and get familiar with the environment. Once you do jump into lifting have a plan as to how you are gonna go about it and how you wanna group your workouts together i.e. which muscles and exercises you wanna target for that day. Never try to lift out of your paygrade meaning only lift weights you can handle so you can fully complete your sets and reduce your risk of injury. Also never be hesitant to ask someone who looks experienced a question or for a piece of advice or a spot, just don't overburden them with your requests. Also please be conscious of where you are physically standing/walking or performing your exercises at at all times because it is very easy to overlap into someone's space and not recognize it.

    As far as getting started with a post workout protein shake the workers inside GNC are pretty highly trained and can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Buy a gold card, its $15 bucks for a year and gets you 20% of at all times. Once you become more accustomed to a workout regimine you can look at adding some pre workout energy if you think it is for you. Personally I think the stuff is pretty easy to plateau off of and is 100% mental, but that's just me. Rest is just as important as actually working out, just be respectful to your diet and how you treat your body away from the gym. Speaking of mental, that's pretty much all working out is. Believe in yourself to do something, envision success and accomplish it. If you put thoughts of failure in your mind they won't go away and your body will fail itself. This seems like a good first post for me in here, I'll go into other mode advanced lifting ideas, supplements, etc later, anyone feel free to pm me with any of your questions. I've been on this grind for years and it never gets old to me.
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    Originally Posted by DBo Fo Sho View Post

    Don't really know where to start off in as far as providing advice in here. For those of you just looking to start working out or joining a gym I'd highly suggest just starting out with cardio and stretching for the first few weeks. The hardest part about new people entering a gym is feeling intimidated by the free weight area or not knowing how to use any of the machines. You can't really mess up or feel shy about jumping on a piece of cardio equipment so do that to help you ease into the setting and get familiar with the environment. Once you do jump into lifting have a plan as to how you are gonna go about it and how you wanna group your workouts together i.e. which muscles and exercises you wanna target for that day. Never try to lift out of your paygrade meaning only lift weights you can handle so you can fully complete your sets and reduce your risk of injury. Also never be hesitant to ask someone who looks experienced a question or for a piece of advice or a spot, just don't overburden them with your requests. Also please be conscious of where you are physically standing/walking or performing your exercises at at all times because it is very easy to overlap into someone's space and not recognize it.

    This is great advice for beginners.

    I joined the gym in high school but never went because I was always intimidated by better looking people and not knowing the first thing about any of the machines. Even when I started taking exercise seriously again 2 years ago, it wasn't until this summer that I was confident enough to join a gym (I worked out at home and in my trainer's private studio instead). So the advice about taking it slow is great. I can tell you from experience that one of the biggest reasons people stop going is due to lack of confidence, usually related to not knowing what they're doing.

    It takes a lot of hard work (which I know everyone hates hearing), but the long-term effects if you stick to it are so worth it. I went from being out of shape my entire life to having the confidence to wear but tight clothing these days. I had to renovate my entire wardrobe 3 different times from all the weight I lost, which was like the ultimate payoff. Honestly, I never did anything spectacular to get here. I ran on the treadmill, did fairly simple weight workouts, started eating better (in a basic sense like eating more fruit and protein and avoiding snacks. Also probably helps that I really don't drink, where I know most people go nuts consuming empty calories and carbs), and eventually the results came.

    Some more basic beginners tips:
    --Don't bring your phone or a magazine to the gym. They're just distractions. Nobody ever got serious about losing weight while texting on the treadmill.
    --Start with light weights. Don't worry about what other people think. It always humors me when I see scrawny high school kids half my size using heavier weights than I do and struggling their ass off doing so. Proper form is key.
    --STRETCH!!! Before and after your workout. You'll thank me later.
    --If you have the means, hire a trainer when you get started to help acquaint you with the machines and get you in a routine.
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