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    Wannabebig Member
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    Mar 2008

    Advice for a novice

    Hello everyone. I have been lifting periodically since I was 21. On the eve of my 27th birthday I have rejoined the gym about two months ago and am finally ready to commit myself.

    I have never had any training. I am currently 6-2 240 lbs and am slimming down while also trying to add muscle. Here is my normal day at the gym:

    Each day I do 35-40 minutes of cardio, as well as 20 minutes of core/ab/oblique exercises.

    Day 1- Back
    Day 2- Chest
    Day 3- Arms
    Day 4- Legs/SHoulders

    I have read up on this. Some say this is a good way to start, but from what i've read here it isn't. What would be a good way for me to begin to add muscle (i've always had a particularly hard time with bulking up my chest). I have been interested in protein shakes and powder to make my own shakes twice a day, but it seems very confusing and i'm not sure where to start.

    Thanks for anything you might be able to help me with. Sorry if these questions are answered elsewhere.

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Mar 2008
    Also, I'm wondering how many calories I should be eating if i'm trying to gain mass but also lose fat/inches at the same time. I'm a big guy, and usually eat around 2500-3000 calories a day. Would adding some whey/creatine shakes with water be a good idea in this situation?

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    Senior Member j8715's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    well, no it isn't very good... if you want to workout 4 times a week, its more time efficient to do:

    1 upper body
    2 lower body
    3 off or maybe light cardio
    4 upper body
    5 lower body
    6 off/cardio
    7 off/cardio

    you probably don't need to do 20 minutes of ab stuff, crunches and such don't reduce fat on your stomach

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Mar 2008
    Thanks for your suggestion. So I should be working each group twice a week instead of once weekly?

    I'll start that next week perhaps. I feel like I am at a weird crossroads, where I am trying to lose "weight", but gain muscle mass. Can the two be done in conjunction if I need to eat more calories in order to gain muscle?

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Jan 2008
    Victoria, BC, CANADA
    It's pretty much impossible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. To gain muscle you need a calorie surplus, to lose fat you need a calorie deficit.

    I recommend focusing on building muscle first, then losing your fat when you're happy with the amount of muscle you have.

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