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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:35 pm 
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I look "soft", a little pudgy even, which also makes me look really young, like I'm 12 (I'm 18). But I don't have the money to get myself to a gym or a trainer anything and frankly, I'd be embarrassed to go. Can I get a "harder" look with just push ups and sit-ups etc?


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What I used to do when I was in your shoes:
- invest in a pair of 20lb dumbbells (less than $50, they'll serve you for many years), or if you're really broke even just a pair of 3 gallons water bottles;
- spend 15 minutes 5 times a week (say at the end of the day, before shower time) doing either curls, push-ups or sit-ups (just one exercise on a given a day), 10 sets of X repetitions with 60s rest between the sets. Start with a number of repetitions you can achieve, then increase the number of repetition until you cannot finish the last set.
- be extra careful with your position, especially keep your back straight: check out websites, check yourself out in a mirror. Last thing you want is to hurt yourself in the process.
- eat healthy, and if you want to gain mass three boiled eggs right after exercise.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Thank you! I can get weights, at least this will get me started in some direction!


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+1 for dumbbells! The best and only workout equipment you'll ever need. Forget about fancy gym equipment, most are just a waste of money.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:46 pm 
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I've been going to the gym regularly for a few years, and thankfully will never have a weight problem. But I've read a lot about obesity and diet recently bc my dad had 90% fat occlusions in his coronaries and yet he is stick skinny. We all asked how is this possible since on the outside my dad is not fat? The answer is diet. I will never forget years ago he was eating nothing but pancakes and a sugar filled coffee for breakfast. When my dad was on his "oatmeal diet" to keep his cholesterol (fat) down, he was much healthier. Unfortunately he didn't stick too it.

Bad body fat accumulation has very little to do exercise is almost entirely due to intake of refined carbs (man made products that have been stripped of their natural nutrients) such as soda, breads, McDonald's buns, high fructose corn syrup, etc. because the body can't use all of the energy that is put into it when you have these things, it is stored as fat. Cut out these types of things and you will shed weight like nothing. It's honestly criminal national governments have not stepped in to stop the endemic poisoning of 1st world countries...

If you cut that stuff out and do basic lifts and you will likely lose almost all your belly fat (the worst type) and have a very solid upper body for the ladies.


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That is interesting masterm1ne. What is your diet like if you don't mind me asking? Organics?

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Jgalen wrote:
I look "soft", a little pudgy even, which also makes me look really young, like I'm 12 (I'm 18). But I don't have the money to get myself to a gym or a trainer anything and frankly, I'd be embarrassed to go. Can I get a "harder" look with just push ups and sit-ups etc?


You can, however it is exponentially more difficult to encourage hypertrophy with body weight exercises as doing any hypertrophy training under 70% of your one rep maximum weight is not only less optimal, but requires much more mental fortitude as psychologically people tend to reach a peak of stress on their nervous system, long before they have done enough work to actually encourage hypertrophy when maintaining physical tension under 70% of 1RM.

If all you want is to lose some weight, then yes, anything that gets the body moving burns calories. If you want to improve your body composition however and stimulate the growth of lean body mass, it is not only easier, but more efficient as well to use a gym, as you can easier track your progress and progress with linear progressive overload (adding 2.5lbs to each weight every 1-2 weeks), as apposed to trying to get in one extra pushup.


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