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11-04-07, 01:04 AM
well me and my buds are thinking of joining the gym. were not fat or anything in fact gaining weight there is my goal as i hear muscle weighs more. anyway i figured it would belong in personal development. assuming some people here do also any advice or anything for a 15.5 year old whos just starting out. we've been twice and we exercise but you never know if your doing it right.

11-04-07, 01:15 AM
I'd suggest picking up a fitness book or something. I don't have any recommendations, sadly. My dad's a gym-freak, so I had him to train me. Better yet, make friends with someone who goes to the gym or see if the gym provides personal trainers. You could maybe get a starter course or something.

You don't want to just go in and start lifting weights. If you aren't doing it right you'll wear yourself out without actually accomplishing much of anything. Not to mention you could hurt yourself.

If mindlessly lifting weights bores you to tears as it did me, think of getting involved in a program that puts those new muscles to use. I took up boxing and I love it. Despite what you may think, you don't have to stand toe to toe in a ring and get pounded. You can still learn it and hone your body without competing.

And lastly, stick with it for at least a month. I don't care how much you might come to hate it, force yourself. Then, after that first month, dig out an old picture of yourself and compare that picture to the guy standing in the mirror. If you still want to quit, by all means do.

11-04-07, 06:29 AM
Boxing.... I am thinking of Russell Crowe in that boxing movie... yummy.

11-04-07, 07:24 AM
don't overdo it.

11-04-07, 12:00 PM
my gym won't let you out of the kiddie area until you're 16.

12-04-07, 04:16 AM
my friends are 16 i didn't know that though, December baby :)

12-04-07, 06:55 AM
don't hurt yourself. get someone to show you the right stretches, warm up, etc, and the right techniques. otherwise, all you'll do is get hurt and therefore get discouraged.

16-04-07, 03:24 PM
doesn't your high school have a free gym that you can use?? hey, why pay when you can get it for free?? but if you're interested still, probably the most common one is 24 hour fitness. they can be a bit expensive though. i believe their rates average about 35-40 a month and that's without the activation fees and what not.


21-04-07, 07:23 PM
lifting weights in my opinion is very good and can be alot of fun, and the strength you gain is phenomenal, check muscletalk for info, very good guidance there

06-05-07, 11:50 AM
i got discouraged from the gym. there is one thing i want to and would continue doing, running. i like running and it's healthy and all. And it should help deal with the chicken legs :P. But ummmm if i do that, would it look weird after running for a long time and my legs being much stronger and bigger than my arms? I'm not exactly weak or anything, i'v just got an absence of fat.

06-05-07, 01:27 PM
I was thinkin' about starting a running routine after work (around 9pm) because I have no other time during the day. Right now, I just go for 1-2 hour walks on my days off, but those are few and far between considering I work on average 6-8 days consecutively on top of school Mon-Fri.

Man, last year I was as fit as could be without weight lifting.

On top of guttin' houses, swingin' hammers and luggin' out fridges, I was still goin' for runs after work. No other care in the world.

Them was some good days.

06-05-07, 04:10 PM
At our gym we get an induction where you learn to do everything right. Then you're off!

07-05-07, 12:06 AM
ok so Frasbee seems to know what hes doing and i'm sure others of you do also. So how long shoudl one run for, should i start off slow and build up to a certain ammount of time. i walk home and i get home at about 4:50-5 depending on if he leave school from 4:30-4:40. so i have time to run. i just don't really know whats the proper way to do things.

07-05-07, 12:08 AM
Why don't you ask the gym instructors?

07-05-07, 12:33 AM
How in shape are you? It's usually best to start out easy. Set aside between 20 to thirty minutes at least three of four days a week. Alternate between walking and jogging. Don't push yourself too hard to begin with, just ramp it up gradually. Each day do less walking and more jogging. In very little time you'll be running the entire twenty minutes.

I try to run around 40-45 minutes a day, time allowing. I feel awful if I don't.

07-05-07, 12:58 PM
every gym instructor tells you something different and last time i went to one, he was wrong.

07-05-07, 01:26 PM
well me and my buds are thinking of joining the gym. were not fat or anything in fact gaining weight there is my goal as i hear muscle weighs more. anyway i figured it would belong in personal development. assuming some people here do also any advice or anything for a 15.5 year old whos just starting out. we've been twice and we exercise but you never know if your doing it right.

what is your goal? simply to gain muscle and cut some fat?

i'm 22 and have been lifting since i was 15 or 16 probably, but seriously lifting since i was 18 (knowing precisely what i was doing)

I'm what you would call a gym rat, i go 5 to 6 days a week (weights), I do high intensity interval training 2 to 4 times a week (cardio). I wake up and that's what is on my mind, making sure i go to the gym, like eating breakfast.

Anyway, if you want some advice I will tell you this from my 2 wasted years in high school.

Let me first explain what I did. I pretty much benched and did bicep curls for two years in high school, i ate pizza at lunch (school menus, lol...pathetic, no wonder obesity is at such a high level), I consumed tons of sugars day in and day out from sodas and tea, i really knew absolutely zilch about nutrition.

Eventually I became addicted to weightlifting and adapted the whole lifestyle, and majority of my reading now is done on training and nutrition. I try to learn more and more each day so I'm like a fitness encyclopedia ideally.

When you begin my suggestion would be to learn about nutrition first, and be prepared to train your entire body, don't get roped into bench pressing contests like I was. Everyone loves to bench but it only develops a small portion of your body.

Get help creatine a routine that will target your shoulders, triceps, biceps, chest, back, legs, calves, forearms, abs, etc...It will be easier for you to start with something simple like upper body one day, lower body the next, then take either a rest day or a cardio day on the 3rd.

I can't stress how important nutrition is though. If your not consuming the right things your hard work in the gym is not going to pay off and your not going to get the results you want. You need to cut out sugars, you need to cut out processed foods. Read up on proteins and complex carbs, read up on essential fatty acids. It will take a while to acquire the info but its not very difficult terminology.

A book called Lean Bodies by Cliff Sheets is really a fantastic beginners guide for nutrition. You can probably get it on for like 5 bucks or less.

It can help fill voids in your life to a degree, gives you attainable goals, constant positive feedback if your working hard and making gains and reaching those goals. But in all honesty, its not really for everyone, you might despise it.

I know lots of people train and get fit to improve self esteem, it honestly has not drastically improved my self esteem, i was probably more friendly when i was younger and out of shape, and probably more approachable.

I know this response is kind've a jumbled up mess but i'm watching a movie and replying at the same time so.....sorry

07-05-07, 01:27 PM
Jogging is pretty basic stuff. Do a little stretching, go out there and run. Unlike weightlifting there it's relatively foolproof.

10-05-07, 11:08 PM
Did you have an induction at the gym? They normally have people on hand to help you out with a set routine to help you on your way depending on what you want to achieve.

Miss hotty
10-05-07, 11:10 PM
yes i say the same as ^^ and also if u can feeel it pulling then u are doing it right but if i hurts eg pain then u are doing it wroung

11-05-07, 05:18 AM
i was doing it right but i just didn't stick with it. but i know i can stick with running. i just don't know how much one should run. and how much i need ot know, starting out.

11-05-07, 05:25 AM
I need to go for another 2 hour swim.

11-05-07, 05:37 AM
If you're jogging start out with a short distance and build it up over time. I go jogging. I started out just a short 5 min run. Now I run for about 30mins.