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    Beginner with little equipment needs muscle!

    I'm new to working out, but I want more muscle mass.
    All I've got is a pair of 25 lb dumbbells, a flat bench, and a pullup bar.

    What (if any) workout can help me gain mass with just this equipment?

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    Well I don't think anyone can help you out with your "little equipment" (jk!), but if you can afford $25/month you are much better off joining a gym and using one of the pre-made routines posted here (from the "Wannabebig Articles drop-down menu in the top left corner").

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    there are some workouts that you can do, but for serious mass gains, you will need heavier dumbbells rather quickly, if not already.
    best bet is to save up a little and get a membership at a gym.
    the equipment you have now would be useful for someone who has to cardio workouts.

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    If money is an issue, go to home depot, buy the biggest bags of sand they have, and push them around. You don't need fancy equipment to workout.
    Last edited by Pimpstick; 02-21-2009 at 06:37 AM.

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    if youre REALLY strapped for cash, get a barbell, and some plates (lots!) and some second hand squat stands, then read the forums for workouts.

    youd be better off in a gym though, with proper equipment and guidance (pretty essential to avoid injury).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimpstick View Post
    If money is an issue, go to home depot, buy the biggest bags of sand they have, and push them around. You don't need fancy equipment to workout.
    exactly. even build yourself a slosh pipe. i can't remember what the exercise is called, but squat while holding the pipe over your head, excellent exercise.

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    If your strapped for cash join a gym. I've spent a lot more money buying equipment over the years than the cost of gym membership. If you are in school check out their facility. In the US most local rec centers have weight rooms as well. There's not much you can do with 25lb 'bells. Weight training is a progressive activity. You WILL require more weight.

    If you're just looking to get fit you can do body weight exercises for a while. After that fill a backpack with whatever. Sand bags are a perfectly good idea. Be creative.
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    push ups..........a ****in ****load of pushups....
    you jsut gotta lose it and go untill you can't........
    oo do it everyday before bed and a protienshake
    Last edited by fearless; 02-23-2009 at 10:17 PM.

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    hahaha sandbag-pipe squats?......that is awsome

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    Quote Originally Posted by fearless View Post
    push ups..........a ****in ****load of pushups....
    you jsut gotta lose it and go untill you can't........
    oo do it everyday before bed and a protienshake
    I can speak from personal experience in saying that doing a ton of pushups are really not going to help you gain mass at all. I left 16 week infantry OSUT still being a skinny guy even with doing 400+ pushups a day. If you want muscle, join a gym, and start lifting and eating till you are about to puke (but dont, because then you will have to eat all over again).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dumbbell View Post
    If your strapped for cash join a gym.
    I think this is good advice, especially if you're trying to build muscle. Building muscle means moving heavy weights, heavy weights cost money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky32 View Post
    I'm new to working out, but I want more muscle mass.
    All I've got is a pair of 25 lb dumbbells, a flat bench, and a pullup bar.

    What (if any) workout can help me gain mass with just this equipment?
    DK, is that you?
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    Weight training

    Weight training uses a variety of specialized equipment to target .... Some
    weight training programs actively seek temporary muscle failure; ... Beginners
    are advised to build up slowly to a weight training programme. .... Compound
    exercises build the basic strength that is needed to perform

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flynn View Post
    DK, is that you?
    Haha, back with a new name!
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    Wow, called out really quickly.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannan View Post
    Weight training uses a variety of specialized equipment to target .... Some
    weight training programs actively seek temporary muscle failure; ... Beginners
    are advised to build up slowly to a weight training programme. .... Compound
    exercises build the basic strength that is needed to perform
    I agree. Good post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmac View Post
    I agree. Good post...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flynn View Post
    DK, is that you?
    Ha ha! Did he get banned simply because he didn't get any bigger or stronger? I though I hadn't heard anything from him or his epic blog/training journal for a while.

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