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Old 11-28-2008, 09:41 AM   #1
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Who here works-out? (gym equipment)

okay, if you do, are you member going how many times a week?
was it hard to keep up with?
is it becoming hard?

did you get results?

maybe, do you have equipment at home and use it as well as going to gym or do you just have one at home? is it set up in a room, or do you have to set it up and its a pain to do?



we have one to set up, just an all-in-one job and feck sake ya have ta wheel it in and it takes 5 mins but its a pain in the butt because if either of us want to work out on it, we are actually too lazy to want to set the thing up because it would be so much better to walk into a spare room and it set up! funny that, eh?

anyhow I plan to go speak to a guy next week, fiver each session for as long as I want, but I need his help to bulk me up in places. so that by Spring I look (if I can at my age!) and feel much better than how I am (due to how Ive been the past year) - so really. I mean, being naturally thin sucks!

but that said, does someone know, is working out faster and pushing yourself to the point of pain and a bit more the way to gain muscle?


thanks.

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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i just got back into working out, i have a machine at home...its been about a week and a half now,

i do 30 bench presses
40 incline presses
30 reps on the rowing machine
and about 40-50 crunches a day
(total about 20 minutes)

additionally i walk/run about a mile and a half every day
(about 45 min)

i'm starting to see results already
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:02 AM   #3
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do you do lower cruches as well? boy are they hard!

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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I have an elliptical at home. Haven't used it lately since the pup has kept me up and running and I haven't yet trained him not to attack it hehe, but before I got him I used it 5+ times a week. Yes, I got the results I wanted. I started at 152lbs and got to 124lbs in a few months, pant size 8/10 to size 2/4. It was not hard to keep up with. I sleep a lot better when I'm working out every day and feel much better in general. Now it is hard with the pup and being so busy with other work projects, but being so busy I've still been able to lose weight without organized work outs. I don't lift weights any more, just don't have time and the facility where I work is under construction right now. The nature of how we train the German shepherds is really a full body workout, it's been better on my arms and shoulders than the weight routine I used to do!
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I work out with free weights 3 times a week approximately 90 minutes each session, also 2-3 times a week i get up at 0400 hours and run 3 miles before work. I do this at home and in my neighborhood. I have a dedicated weight room in my house just for this. Do i get results? Yes...and i feel them too...and i turn a lot of heads so apparently im not the only one seeing results.

Running is a total high, and it's great for a hangover. Of course how would i know, i dont drink

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but that said, does someone know, is working out faster and pushing yourself to the point of pain and a bit more the way to gain muscle?
Yes...but working out is only half the battle. You must eat right as well if you want to see results. Everybody is different though. When i was younger i worked out furiously and never saw any kind of results so i gave up. But now that my metabolism has leveled out a bit i eat better and work out and the results are there. I think it also depends on your goals, do you want to bulk up and gain a lot of muscle or do you just want to stay in shape and be toned and fit? Personally i would rather have a swimmers build than be Mr. Universe. I think you will have to kind of see who and what you are once you start a regimen and go from there.

Also, i should add, you need let your muscles rest a day before working them out again. Some people would do upper body M W F and lower body T T and then alternate that.

Good Luck to you
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I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. Sometimes I'm lazy and go 2 times. I mainly lift weights. I'm naturally thin too and ever since I started going to the gym my butt has grown and I have gained 10 pounds.
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^ That's what I need! My butt is too flat these days.
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I think it is from the weight machines I use at the gym. I noticed the change shortly after I started going to the gym.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:20 PM   #9
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okay, if you do, are you member going how many times a week?
was it hard to keep up with?
is it becoming hard?

did you get results?

maybe, do you have equipment at home and use it as well as going to gym or do you just have one at home? is it set up in a room, or do you have to set it up and its a pain to do?



we have one to set up, just an all-in-one job and feck sake ya have ta wheel it in and it takes 5 mins but its a pain in the butt because if either of us want to work out on it, we are actually too lazy to want to set the thing up because it would be so much better to walk into a spare room and it set up! funny that, eh?

anyhow I plan to go speak to a guy next week, fiver each session for as long as I want, but I need his help to bulk me up in places. so that by Spring I look (if I can at my age!) and feel much better than how I am (due to how Ive been the past year) - so really. I mean, being naturally thin sucks!

but that said, does someone know, is working out faster and pushing yourself to the point of pain and a bit more the way to gain muscle?


2-6 times a week depending on current goal - losing weight I go 6 times. Maintaining? 2 times a week. Training for a race? 3-5 times a week.

I had family health concerns that sort of scared me into going about 2 years ago and it hasn't been hard to keep up. I think of it as MY time, not working, not family, nobody else gets that time, just me

I had an elliptical trainer at home but didn't really use it. I never thought I would, but I love running outside - on trails is the best.

I'll be interested to hear what your trainer says about bulking up. I gained a lot of muscle doing 6 reps heaviest I could (do that twice) then 10 reps of something a little lighter, then 12 reps with easy weight. It's sort of time consuming, but like I said, my arms, legs and back are more muscular than they've ever been. Now if only I could do something about the 'soft' stomach!

Good luck!
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^ That's what I need! My butt is too flat these days.
I've got flat-butt, too. The only reason I know this is because a family member recently pointed it out.

I used to hate going to the gym, but I've warmed up to it in recent years. I probably go three times a week, with the rest of the days spent doing something outside, like hiking.

For me, the hardest part of weightlifting is the free-weight element. I've got the machines down, but I tend to have horrible form with dumbbells. I'll normally do three sets of 9-12 reps, with a full-body workout, with at least 48 hours rest in between. Cardio-wise, I'll switch from the stepper and the rowing machine, depending on what day it is, and whether or not I've gone for a hike the day before.

Sounds corny, but exercise can be the ultimate stimulant, if you do it correctly and get plenty of rest.
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Being naturally thin does suck, and I'd like to go gym, my mates do it, but I just can't be bothered. I don't enjoy it, per se. Eventually though I'm gonna have to bite the bullet.
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I have a membership and I do all of my work outs at the gym (except for some ab work I do at home on my yoga mat).

Last year when I wanted to lose weight I went 6-7 days a week. This year I would say I average 4 days a week. I do lift weights, and for women it's a great idea for a hundred different reasons. I do free weights for my arms, shoulders and some upper body muscles, and squats. The rest I use machines for. I have a very regimented workout, starting with the legs since those are the largest muscles.

If you are a runner or a cyclist, you likely have very large and well developed quads. It's really, really important that you work on your hamstrings to balance out your upper legs, because it's this imbalance that causes a lot of knee problems and knee injuries.

My cardio routine is mainly cycling (I do 3-4 one-hour cycle classes per week). Mixed in with that, I play squash and use the elliptical.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:13 PM   #13
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I don't like being naturally thin either. Sometimes I just don't like the way I look in some clothes.
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I don't like being naturally thin either. Sometimes I just don't like the way I look in some clothes.
Tell me about it. I hate looking at a lot of photos because I just look so thin in them, like my school class photo, sitting in the middle of two kids I look like a bloody stick, even though I'm tall. I grow up, not out, y'see.

I'm also really self-conscious when buying clothes, I needed some good shirts to go out clubbing in, and I decided not to get this really good shirt because the sleeves were a bit short, so my arms were exposed.
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