OT, help a noob please? :)

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  1. MarioF

    MarioF New Member

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    Hey OT! :wavey:
    I've been lurking these forums for a while and must say you guys seem to be really nice!

    I really want to start working out, but since I dont have much to work with I was hoping you could help me out a little.
    I read the stickies, and there are some great advice there. However I cant afford to go to a gym atm (low on cash), so I need to try to make a routine that doesnt need a gym to complete..

    What I have to work with:
    2 dumbells (with various plates), and a bar to do pullups.

    I got a fairly thin build (6'1 , 165 lbs), a little extra on my tummy tough.. :ugh:
    I'd like to gain more general strenght and feel better about myself.
    When weather gets warmer, I'm also gonna start rock climbing with a friend.. so would be nice to prepare a bit for that. (Cant afford to climb indoors.)

    I'd be extremely gratefull if you could help me set up a routine with maybe 3-5 days a week workout. :x:

    If these kinds of posts arent welcome here, I sincerely apologize!
    (Also english isnt my native language, so sorry for any bad grammar/spelling).

    Thank you! :)
     
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  3. MaineSucks

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    if you have health insurance, look at your plan. A good amount of insurance plans will pay for a gym membership for you. check it out
     
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    darkostoj NEEEERRRRDDDDSSSS

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    no shit
     
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    Thank you. :)
    I found a lot of excercises I can do while browsing here and the different links OT got. I'm having trouble putting together a good routine that will cover all of my body though.. And I'm not quite sure what excercises are good to do in same day. Would it for example ble bad to do chinups/pullups and dumbell curls on same day?
    Will pushups be a good enough substitute to benchpress?

    Where I live (Norway), we dont really have health insurance... (we got free medical aid). If I had some disability or injury, they would cover it.. otherwise not.
    Tnx for suggestion though! :)


    Tnx a lot for your responses! :bowdown:
     
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    my co-op pays for my gym memberships :bigthumb: up to 300$ a year
     
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    for your tris you could do dips with two chairs, and throw some weights on your legs.
     
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    Nice! :)
    Going to a gym here would run me about US$ 1,000.- a year... hoping my business will pick up again so I can afford it, but right now its not an option. :wtc:
     
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    Good idea, tnx! :)

    EDIT: Sorry for doubleposting. :sadwavey:
     
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    wow a 1000$????? thats crazy, I got a 3 month Gold's membership for 100$...

    how nice is this gym? anything special?
     
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    :eek3: Jeez. Might want to look into building your own home set up. it'll be a lot cheaper than a gym membership. You can do as many bodyweight and light DB exercises as you want, but eventually you are going to out grow everything. A power rack, bar, and stack of weights should keep you happy for a long time.
     
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    Here you dont have gyms with just weights/machines.. so you get all kinds of group workouts, pilates, spinning aso included in the price. Personal trainers and squash are extras though..
     
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    ya like maine said, get yourself a power rack, a bench, some plates... whatever else you need too. Just save up for that stuff, do you have a garage or somewhere to put the stuff for a small weight room? shit... I wish I had my own weight room, that would be sweet!
     
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    Yeah, would be sweet to make my own weight room! :hsd:
    I live in a 1 room apartment though, so dont really have the space (and no garage or the like to set up a room..).
    Guess I'll just try to do my best with what I got and hope I can afford a membership at the gym soon! :)


    Back to my original question though.. anyone that could possibly suggest a good routine for me? :wiggle:
    Since I'll be doing this at home, I wouldnt have trouble finding time to work out a little every day.. but not sure if doing 3 or 4 days a week with rest in between is better? :hs:
     
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    do you have someone to do this with you?

    like if you had a partner, they could load and unload weight off your body... for instance:

    Chest:
    Weighted push ups (in theory)

    Tri:
    Weighted dips, kick backs, close grip dumbell press

    Bi:
    pull ups, curls

    Lat:
    pull ups

    Back:
    Supermans or something similar

    Legs:
    Dumbell lunges
    Calf raises (on a stair, maybe add some weight or do one footed raises)

    Shoulder:
    shrugs (if you have enough weight for it)
    lateral raises or forward raises

    I'm listing just ones off the top of my head but you are really limited without a gym. hope that helps

    try to work out a group or two a day, chest/tri, back/bi, legs... just try to cover every muscle group in a week and learn how to eat like a cow.
     
  16. MarioF

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    No.. my friends go to the gym, so I'm on my own on this one. :wtc:
    I'll try to work with what I have so far, you've been to great help! :bowdown:

    Should I do several excercises in same day that target same muscle group though?
    For example pull ups and curls on same day? :dunno:
     
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    ya, try to hit certain muscle groups in a day. Focus on one or two groups a day.

    no problem - eat, lift, repeat
     
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