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jagmom3
01-12-2006, 02:07 PM
Last time I was in the gym I mainly used the machines. Can anyone give me a rundown of what I should do to start and if there is an instructional web site I can go to if I don't know what a particular exercise is. I am 100+ overweight and this is going to be intimidating and challenging facing the mirrors and the big boys at the gym. I'm excited to get started though. When I was doing the machines I just would do one or two sets of each one. Do I do more reps or higher weight? I know that a lot of this is probably covered in all of the threads I just haven't had time to read them all. Thanks.

Training to failure? I think I know what this means....


RobertW
01-12-2006, 02:41 PM
Here is an oft recommended site: http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displaysection.php?sid=3

Last time I was in the gym I mainly used the machines. Can anyone give me a rundown of what I should do to start and if there is an instructional web site I can go to if I don't know what a particular exercise is. I am 100+ overweight and this is going to be intimidating and challenging facing the mirrors and the big boys at the gym. I'm excited to get started though. When I was doing the machines I just would do one or two sets of each one. Do I do more reps or higher weight? I know that a lot of this is probably covered in all of the threads I just haven't had time to read them all. Thanks.

Training to failure? I think I know what this means....

I would do a simple 3 sets of 10-12 reps scheme, 2-3xweek, on a few basic exercises to get started with. Benchpress, squat, and rows would be a good start and hit most major muscles. You can always add to the routine as you progress.

See if you can lift with a training partner; a spotter you can trust is a valuable asset in the free weight room.

Meg
01-12-2006, 03:03 PM
Fortunately, you don't have to search through all the old threads for info -- most of the information you need has been gathered into 'stickies' at the top of the forum. Check 'em out! ;)

Fitsite (http://www.fitsite.com/anatomy.cfm) and ExRx.net (http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html) are web sites that have videos of many exercises and a ton of ideas about what to for each body part.


Gymgurl
01-13-2006, 05:10 PM
ExRx is good for instuction and muscles your using....Depends on what you are looking for and how you want to break up your workout...2-3 sets on free weight is good..doing 12 reps.....you want to hit..biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, chest quads/hamstrings and calves....you can incorporate both machines and freeweights...