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Old 01-02-2013, 01:41 PM  
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*.* 2013 General Fitness Thread *.*

Welcome to 2013! Now get your ass in top physical condition!

**From the 2012 Thread**

If you want to get back into lifting, or need a new lifting routine, START HERE:

http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wi...inner_Programs

If you have questions about the SS programs, look here:

http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ

Keep in mind that you're a novice lifter for a longer period of time than you think you are. Novice lifting can last anywhere from a few months to a year or two, depending on how hard you hit the weights and where you started.

Once you've reached the point where you don't make regular progress on the SS program, you are ready to move on to the intermediate stage, which can last you for a good number of years. Find it HERE:

http://madcow.hostzi.com/5x5_Program/Linear_5x5.htm

If you're a very advanced lifter (many, many years of CONSISTENT weight training), then there are lot of programs out there, and which one you pick is simply a matter of preference. If you're really that advanced, you should know what works for you and what doesn't by this point.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:53 AM   #2176
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After enjoying the pre and post marriage laziness for a while I started going back to the gym a few months ago. It felt so good to lift weights again. We had been doing some cardio stuff with our bikes and running in our neighborhood but it just isn't the same. So now we both go together making it a lot easier to not skip workouts.

I have always been very good cardio wise but I have never been able to get that really in shape look. I am not trying to get huge but I do want to really get that good muscle tone and burn as many calories as possible. Is it better to max out on weight or lift more moderately with maximum reps? I typically prefer free weights but is it better to mix it up with machines?
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #2177
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my facility has very basic equipment - a chest press, shoulder press, lat pull down and dumbells up to 50lbs - they also have elliptical and Treadmills.

I am wondering if I should have the burnout appoach - or - if I should go for the most weight w/o a spotter.

Just need to go back to the basics here.

Any general suggestions or rules of thumb would certainly be appreciated.

I'm a n00b again - so handle me with kitten gloves.
Dumbbells up to 50 and no free weights isn't going to allow you to go heavy weight, really.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:58 AM   #2178
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #2179
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #2180
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After enjoying the pre and post marriage laziness for a while I started going back to the gym a few months ago. It felt so good to lift weights again. We had been doing some cardio stuff with our bikes and running in our neighborhood but it just isn't the same. So now we both go together making it a lot easier to not skip workouts.

I have always been very good cardio wise but I have never been able to get that really in shape look. I am not trying to get huge but I do want to really get that good muscle tone and burn as many calories as possible. Is it better to max out on weight or lift more moderately with maximum reps? I typically prefer free weights but is it better to mix it up with machines?
I never use machines. I hate them.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #2181
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #2182
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I never use machines. I hate them.
Machines have their place.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #2183
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Machines have their place.
Yeah. I do my burpees and lunges in front of the smith machine.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #2184
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I worked my pecs and shoulders, basically ate roasted chicken drums and protein mix.

I'm so beat down tired, I really have a long long ways to go.

But I'll keep plugging away
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:45 PM   #2185
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After enjoying the pre and post marriage laziness for a while I started going back to the gym a few months ago. It felt so good to lift weights again. We had been doing some cardio stuff with our bikes and running in our neighborhood but it just isn't the same. So now we both go together making it a lot easier to not skip workouts.

I have always been very good cardio wise but I have never been able to get that really in shape look. I am not trying to get huge but I do want to really get that good muscle tone and burn as many calories as possible. Is it better to max out on weight or lift more moderately with maximum reps? I typically prefer free weights but is it better to mix it up with machines?
3 sets of 8 will do you just fine. Free weights for compound lifts, machines are fine for others. Doesn't really matter too much, though.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:24 PM   #2186
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Yeah. I do my burpees and lunges in front of the smith machine.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:45 AM   #2187
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do you all still do creatine, what's the latest school of thought on that - also, powder or pill or does it matter? I know this has been covered, but if you don't mind. .......?



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Old 12-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #2188
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Is it better to do cardio before weights? Or after weights?

Is that more of a just a personal thing and it doesn't matter?
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:50 AM   #2189
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Is it better to do cardio before weights? Or after weights?

Is that more of a just a personal thing and it doesn't matter?
I think Lewdog had a pretty good post on it. Weights first or cardio will drag your performance on weights.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:52 AM   #2190
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do you all still do creatine, what's the latest school of thought on that - also, powder or pill or does it matter? I know this has been covered, but if you don't mind. .......?



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Yes, creatine is a supplement that has been proven effective.

Get the powder, much cheaper than pill. http://www.amazon.com/AST-Science-Mi...s=ast+creatine
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