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Thread: Seeking general weight / strength gain advice

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Jul 2005

    Seeking general weight / strength gain advice

    Ok I have a lot of questions but I will try to keep this as brief and to the point as possible

    About me:

    -20 year old male,
    -5'9" and around 150lbs.
    -have not seriously worked out in about two years
    -in pretty bad shape (19% BF, pretty weak, etc).

    My goals:

    -put on some weight (get up to at least 175)
    -lose the fat (get down to 12% or less BF)
    -get stronger overall
    -gain muscle mass overall

    My schedule:

    -able to go to the gym up to 6 times a week for 1-2 hours a day

    Basically I have the time and motivation to achieve these goals, I just want to make sure I am following a good program. I started working out again 1-2 weeks ago and this is what I have been doing so far...

    Two days a week:

    Upper body - shoulder, chest, triceps, etc. I try to hit each muscle group with at least one exercise (3 sets, 6-10 reps each).

    Three days a week:

    Lower body - same deal, just sort of trying to hit each major muscle group with three sets.

    Cardio - 30 minutes on the bike, trying to keep my HR on track.

    Ok, I know this schedule sounds a bit vague - and that's because I'm a bit fuzzy on the details of what I should be doing (how many exercises per muscle group? how many reps? etc).

    I'm not looking to be super buff in five weeks or anything like that, but I'm willing to put some work in to improve my health and body image over the long term.

    If anyone has some basic guidelines, or a beginners program I could start following that would be wonderful (and greatly appreciated!)

    If there is any important information I have missed please point it out and I will post it.

    Also, I realize diet is a big part of this whole process and I am looking into that as well.

    Thanks again!


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    C.S.C.S. ddegroff's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Well signing up here is a good start. Also i would say check out the wbb routines that should give you an idea where to start. With you your bf% i would say to cut first get that down a bit then try to gain lean muscle mass. Just a suggestion. Good luck

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