how do i know what weight to start working out with?

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  1. bugman

    bugman Demonic Gecko OT Supporter

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    If i start going to the gym, i mean obviously im not going to start with 5 pounds, but how do i know what is a good starting point, or how do i figure it out?


    thanks guys
     
  2. Louis M

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    take a guess, but err on the smaller side... go ahead and do the 5 lbs, then move to 10, then 15, etc. no one will care or give you a dirty look.
     
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    bugman Demonic Gecko OT Supporter

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    i didnt know this was a parody thread of some sort :dunno:

    Thanks though
     
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    You have to feel it out.
    Scientifically you should take your maxes. (The most weight you can do 1 rep with)
    Then depending you should probably take about 80% of the max and do sets with that
    depending on the # of sets and # of reps you are going for.
    There is much debate on the # of sets and # of reps for most benefit.
    Personally, I like to do 1 killer set with as much weight as I can for 6-10 reps. (usually around 80-90% of max) And then rest a minute and do a second set with the same weight, then onto the next exercise.
    That seems to work well for me when I actually increase the weight often enough.
    (Which is about every 2 cycles... gotta keep stressing the body)

    The idea around here is lift heavy, lift often. I like the lift heavy part, but you won't find me at the gym for lifting more than 4 days a week, with a day in between.
     
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    If you are looking to do something like 3 sets of 10 reps, warm up with light weight doing 10 reps. Keep upping the weight until you find a weight that you just slightly struggle to get that 10th rep, then crank out 2 more sets.
     
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    bugman Demonic Gecko OT Supporter

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    i dont know what im looking for--im new to all this

    ideally id like to gain muscle mass, but being 145 pounds, i think maybe i need to bulk up first before i workout

    but what do i know
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    "bulking up" = gaining muscle mass
     
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    read the stickies. I weight about 150 now. I weighted about 140 this time last year. 100% muscle gain. (And I don't eat enough... damn school...)

    The stickies have good information. Plus bodybuilding.com has lots of good articles and n00b information. Men's Health is also a good resource.
     
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    bugman Demonic Gecko OT Supporter

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    I just read the "noobs guide" and reading the bulking up part now

    this is gonna be tough because i hate the taste of meat (even though im not a vegetarian)

    chicken wings and ham are about it for me, so i know somehow i gotta force myself to eat beef, and chicket breast...etc
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Protein shakes just became your new best friend.
     
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    bugman Demonic Gecko OT Supporter

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    so will eating protein shakes make up for my shitty no chicken/beef diet, or are those still to be eaten?
     
  13. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    It will help supplement your protein intake but you still need to eat as much meat as possible.
     
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    u dont eat no chicken and beef u hate the taste of meat wow. always 1 in am illion.

    trial and error is basically something to use when figuring what weight. if its too ezy move up 10pounds if its too hard. move down 10pounds..
     
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    how can u not like meat?:eek3: i hope yer not a vegitarian cuz w/out protein from real food u probably wont gain nearly as much as someone who does if u gain at all. not all food makes muscle, protein does and pussy veggies and fruits dont have hardly any, and the proteins they do have are incomplete so they are much less useful than real protein. keep in mind we didnt reach the top of the food chain by chasing lettuce;) vegitarians are all pussys, i have yet to see a healthy/fairly built vegitarian.
     
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    speaking of which. wonder if theres a BB'er whose... a vegitarian lol
     
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