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#1 Posted on
Just curious if besides wrestling anyone has a hobby of mine, trying to LOOK like a wrestler! Anyway, who here besides me loves to work out too. Here is my history of weight lifting: from 5th grade to 9th grade I worked out a lot for someone that old, but didn't get too strong. I joined the High School football team at the end of the season, and started working out with them everyday of the week for an hour or more a day. My starting max on bench was about 105 and my squat max was maybe 155, clean max 85. Damn was I weak (and I weighed 175). Well, I worked out throughout the summers big time and by my Sophmore year was benching 155 and squating 225 and cleaning 135 or more for cleans and squats. Kept on working out everyday (except Saturdays, need that day off) and getting in shape. By this time I had grown from 5'8 ish to 5'9-10ish and weighed 220. By the end of my Sophmore year I was benching 215 and squatting around 300. I didn't get that much stronger even though I still was working out, due to me getting really sick a lot during the summer and fall. But by the end of the Junior year, I was benching 245 and squatting 365 and power cleaning 215. (and by this time i was 6"1 and weighed 240). So finally we go into the last summer before my last football season (sad times). I worked out hard and by the end of the season weighed 250, benched 265, squatted 390, and cleaned 240. Well, after the season I got lazy working out, and ate the same as I did during the season. Even though I was 250 during the season, and had a boiler, I would like to think of myself as not fat around the edges, just a big guy with a gut (like a little bigger Dreamer :-)). But, I got lazy after the season and stopped working out and got up to 265 pounds and got fat and weak (and also got up to 6"1 ish... i am now offically 6"1 and they tell me I am about done growing). Well, I dieted and got down to 220, but slacked off on the weight training. Last summer was bad, I got back up to 235-240 and slacked off more until my Dad reminded me off how my awesome weight set was in the basement collecting dust by reminding me off how much money he could sell it to my next door neighbor for :-). I got the hint and in July I started to hit the weights hard again, and got down to 225-220 weight wise and my bench max back up to 225. Well, I get to college, and too much beer and free food gets me back up to 240 and I slack off too much weight lifting and school wise. This may sound corny, but a couple months ago I got so drunk at a frat party I vomited ON myself in my bed and all over the halls of the dorm... most people weren't mad, just worried... I felt like an ass for doing that to my roomate and had to talk to my RA a long time about the incident (just to say this, I had 3 beers, a full glass of wine, 5 more beers, funneled 2 more at once, had 4 mixed drinks, and 4 shots of rum and vodka in an hour an a half). After this, I realized that I needed to focus, and somehow I turned to weight lifting. Boy, did I ever! I hit the weight room, and found out how fat and weak I had gotten. Now, I decided too do something about it! I would diet like before while working out, now I eat healthier than ever in my life, and work out for an hour and a half to two hours a day (this includes 30 min of cardio a day). I have lost 4 inches on my gut and 25 pounds in about a month and a half, and have put inches on my biceps. For football it was all strength training, here I do a lot of strength training and a good deal of "beach workout stuff" (curls and the like). I am now at 215, 6"1, in great shape, can squat 340, bench 235, clean 225, and have lost my gut and gotten fairly ripped. I went from looking like a little skinnier Heyman to now looking like a basically big guy with still a little gut that is ripped. Working out that much helps me so much, I wake up at 6AM, hit the gym till 7:30-8 and get a great start on my day, feel good, and hell... I'm trying to impress a girl too, so hopefully its gonna help when I see her again! My goal for the summer is too look like John Cena... actually thinking of WWE stars while working out (even HHH) can help. Well, this was VERY long, but I was wondering if anyone else lifts weights or anything on here. I used to think it was a chore and stopped, but now I do it everyday and its the highpoint of my day.



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Hey Yo...

I don't currently work out, I have in the past, but have been on a two year hiatus from the gym. But, to be honest, I'm looking to get back in. Unfortunately all of my friends are too lazy to get off their asses and train with me.

Best thing for working out? WWE Music. I can't WAIT for Anthology to come out. Even if it's someone you DON'T like it's usually good adrenaline pumping music.



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Scott Summets
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#3 Posted on
I'm with you on that, all the WWF/WWE cds are great work out shit!



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OlFuzzyBastard
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#4 Posted on
Hey, I already do look like a wrestler. There's no need to work out.

Of course, I look like Mick Foley...



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#5 Posted on
I look like bastion booger, but with better choice in clothes.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29

    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Hey, I already do look like a wrestler. There's no need to work out.

    Of course, I look like Mick Foley...



At least that's better than Mae Young...
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Sadly, I'm not even in Yokozuna shape. I'm not that huge (mercifully), but I have no endurance whatsoever. I'm at least trying to lose some weight, though. I'm 5'9", and now, 236. And it isn't muscle, either. I'm trying to diet, but that isn't working. At least I do get some exercise... if climbing up and down stairs for 20-25 minutes, wearing five pound ankle weights counts.

Back when I was living on campus, I did manage to lose weight... I always lived on the third floor of whatever building, and most of them only had stairs. Last year, I managed to lose about 25 pounds, through diet (not much food to eat, had to cook for myself) and exercise (farthest building from classes, on the third floor, and I had to climb either a hill or another flight of stairs to get to the building). Ah well... any suggestions for someone like me?



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Since: 17.1.02
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#8 Posted on
I have been an advid weightlifter for years now. Started lifting for football. Then once I was done with college ball I used it to get myself into a different kind of shape. 6'2" 280 might have been good for playing O-line but for everyday life I didn't want to be that big.
Now Im still 6'2" but at 220 and about 14% body fat. working my way down under 10%.
Don't max very often anymore, Im not doing comps and i don't need teh extra stress on my joints. So currently bench goes up to 315 for 4
squat 405 for 8.
haven't cleaned since I finished playing.




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#9 Posted on
That's damn impressive brick! I never played (err play) in college, but I played in hs and have the same analogy you did. 6"1 265 is well and good for OLine, but why do I need that in the future?



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Since: 8.1.02
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#10 Posted on
I would probably work out and bulk up if I had the equipiment at home. I just don't like going to a gym and looking like a dumbass with huge and in shape people everywhere. I'm 6,1, about 240. Kind of a bulky frame but I've always thought that if I put my mind to it, it could look a lot better and even pretty buffed. I think the essentials are there, it's just a matter of me putting my mind to it before I hit 30.

Any suggestions? I've tried just doing push-ups, but they get boring after awhile and from the little I know, I don't think they can actually make you *bigger*. Can they?

DMC



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DMC hits my problem right on the head. I'm a big guy 6'2", 275 or so lbs. and frankly it's a pain in the ass to be an out of shape novice in the gym when everyone around you looks like they stepped right off the set of Bodyshaping or Mr. Olympia. Of course I still think my idea of gyms for the out of the shape only might have a germ of a good idea in it....once you start to get in good shape, you have to leave and go to a gym for the better looking amongst us.

Seriously though, my problem is that I find the inherent act of working out to be a bore. I understand the fact it's a good thing for me, but after 20-30 minutes I really find myself bored to tears by just pumping iron. Some people I know seem to really enjoy the whole thing, but surely others have developed ways to combat that boredom, so I ask, how do you do it?



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Hey Yo...

To be honest with you, buff guys in the gyms don't bother me. It's so stupid to care what others think. And the hardest part of weightlifting for me is the mental game. Because, once I get in a routine, I'll be DAMNED if I miss a day for fear of slacking off. I'll give anyone who can workout consistently for years credit, because it's my biggest hindrance. I'm not fat by any means, I'm 5'9'' and weight 170. But, I'd still like to look good.

I think once you actually go into a gym and focus on your own lifting, it's easy to forget about anyone else. Well, except the good lookin' girls, but HEY, you can let your mind wander SOMETIMES...



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Since: 1.8.02
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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by spf2119
    Seriously though, my problem is that I find the inherent act of working out to be a bore. I understand the fact it's a good thing for me, but after 20-30 minutes I really find myself bored to tears by just pumping iron. Some people I know seem to really enjoy the whole thing, but surely others have developed ways to combat that boredom, so I ask, how do you do it?
The first thing I'd suggest is to *not* start with weightlifting. Weightlifting is one of those things where either 1) you really enjoy doing it, or 2) its a supplement to something else. You're clearly not in category 1. So first you need to find some other activities that you do enjoy. (Or at that at least don't bore you to tears.) Find somebody to play racquetball with, ride a bike, go to aerobics class. (There are women in aerobics class!) If you bike or run, take an MP3 player with you for music. If you're doing something indoors, do it in front of TV. (Especially on Monday night -- your annoyance at Raw will get your heartrate off to a flying jumpstart.) Start with something more cardio-oriented first. But you have to find things that you enjoy. After you do that for a while, & start to feel like you're more "in shape", you may decide that you're interested in adding some weight work. You do not have to go to 6 days/week, 2 hours/day if that's not something you enjoy.

When I work out, I find that I get real good at zoning off into a zen-meditation kind of space, particularly if I'm doing longer sets of lighter weights. I can count reps, pay attention to form, & send most of my brain off to somewhere else altogether. If you're working really heavy, then you need to be paying attention to what you're doing (form, form, form!), & how your body is responding, & you do just have to focus on all that. But I'd almost say that you shouldn't be working very heavy very much if the inherent act isn't your thing.

I really enjoy lifting, but have 2 problems. I've got a whole flurry of orthopaedic issues that I have to work around, which takes some of the fun out of it. And I've never been interested in building a lot of muscle bulk, which I have to be careful about.
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#14 Posted on
I've been regularly going to the gym 4 times a week for a little over a half a year now. At the moment, I can bench around 170, squat around 225, leg press 500, curl 40 (each dumbbell), shoulder press 40 each, shrug 60 each shoulder, and can go up to 135 on seated calf raises. There's others, but those are the ones that come to my head at the moment. I also do about 15-20 mins. of cardio before each workout, and do one abdominal exercise per day, for three days a week. It's working out (no pun intended), since from the spring, I've put on a little over 15 pounds.








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Since: 17.1.02
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#15 Posted on
Some tips for people trying to get started:
1) Those buff guys- don't compare yourself to them, most of them have been lifting for years, trying to do the same weights and exercises would be stupid. At the same time don't be afraid to ask for spots, tips, and or suggestions. Chances are if they put that much time in the gym they may well enjoy it and be willing to help those willing to put the time in.

2) Find the right gym- A quick note on the previous statement, not all buff guys are helpful, there are gyms where people seem to have attitude problems, I've been a member at one of those gyms and it was no fun, instead of people willing to help you it was very cliquey. Look for a gym that suits your needs. Personally I don't care about the appearance of the place; chrome and mirrors aren't for me. I got lucky and found a place near me that has all the equipment that I want, but this will depend on your needs. Also beware of the national chains contracts, make sue you are getting what you want. Shop around most places will give you a free week to check the place out. Eye candy is nice but don't make your decision based on that alone, the balleys near me definitely has the most eye candy of the local gyms but personally I would be miserable working on their weight equipment.

3) Get a program that suits you- this is key, if you have never worked out before don't jump right into power lifts. My roommate has a hell of a time understanding this. He doesn't seem to get that he shouldn't be attempting the lifts that I do until he has developed the stabilizer muscles, and learned proper technique. Let the gym's trainer put together a program for you and stick with it for at least 8 weeks. At that point step back and evaluate where you are making gains and were you are lagging, then address those issues with a trainer or some of the other gym members (by 8 weeks in you should have figured out who is helpful). Also many gyms have programs designed for people who enjoy other activities, golf, swimming, soft/base ball. If you enjoy another sport chances are they can put together a program that will help you reach your goals in that sport.

4) Leave the muscle mags on the shelf- they aren't going to help you when you are getting started, most of the work outs presented in them have little to due with reality, and will give you unrealistic expectations.

5) Give it time, if you don't see results the first week well big surprise. You will be sore the first week; you will be sore the second week. Eventually that will subside. Hell now I look for new ways to do things so that I can find that feeling. Oh yeah results, they will come, thetas why the 8 weeks to your first evaluation mentioned above. My major goal isn't any strength goal or weight goal; (although I do always try to top what I did the week before and keep my weight around 210-220) my goal is dropping body fat. But I only check it every two months. There is no need to track every weekís fluctuation. Unless youíre training for a comp.
I guess thatís all I got right now. Oh yeah I try to be one of the helpful guys, but please donít ask me something in the middle of a set or when Iíve got more than my body weight on the bar and Iíve already started breathing for the set. You woní t get an answer till Iím done.




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Thanks to emma and brick. Very good and helpful responses. If I ever win the lottery and can hire a personal trainer, remind me to try and bring you two on board




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#17 Posted on
one other suggestion for novices like me would be to try and incorporate some yoga into your routine. I just returned to the gym after 12 years of laziness and 15 years of smoking Pall Mall unfiltereds and found that a mat yoga program is a great supplement to a weight program because it does wonders for my flexibility and helps tone and build muscles in a very practical way. My wife, who was in a very serious car accident back in April, swears by the yoga and has actually pretty much eliminated weights from her routine because the yoga does more for her.

Tim



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I don't know, I still don't see myself going to a gym. What about just buying a weight bench and going it yourself at home? Is this too difficult for a beginner who wants to bulk up and do heavy lifting? (No one answered my question about push ups either.)

Another problem I run into personally is my profession. In the world of college teaching, I feel academic departments may take you less seriously if they see you as some big, bulked up guy. They would figure "If he commits all this time to working out, then how much does this guy actually study/keep up on his field?" I know that is basically an unfair judgement but I could see that type of attitude coming my way. Academics are either slim or pudgy. They don't look like Johnny Stamboli. The only semi-buffed professor I ever had was a philosophy professor, but he was like 60 years old too so it kind of doesn't count.

Any thoughts?

DMC



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Scott Summets
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#19 Posted on

    Originally posted by DMC
    I don't know, I still don't see myself going to a gym. What about just buying a weight bench and going it yourself at home? Is this too difficult for a beginner who wants to bulk up and do heavy lifting? (No one answered my question about push ups either.)

    Another problem I run into personally is my profession. In the world of college teaching, I feel academic departments may take you less seriously if they see you as some big, bulked up guy. They would figure "If he commits all this time to working out, then how much does this guy actually study/keep up on his field?" I know that is basically an unfair judgement but I could see that type of attitude coming my way. Academics are either slim or pudgy. They don't look like Johnny Stamboli. The only semi-buffed professor I ever had was a philosophy professor, but he was like 60 years old too so it kind of doesn't count.

    Any thoughts?

    DMC



Easy answer as to buying a weight bench and going it alone.... NO!!! at least for heavy weights! You can do a lot of things alone, but if you ever think of doing bench with a weight you may not be able to get or rep as many times as you want, GET A SPOTTER! If you want to do curls and stuff like that, or even light benching go alone, but if you want heavt weights, I suggest you find a good friend or wife or something who will spot you, its all good. And most guys in gyms who are super buff are nice... the first time i went to a real gym one of them showed me the ropes.



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#20 Posted on
Variety is the spice of life...lifting weights is a great part of a fitness routine, but if you want to improve your overall health, fitness, and physical appearance, combine your lifting with some cardiovascular work. Run, Bike, or in the cold months do one of the many machines at the gym (stairmaster, treadmill, stationary bike, etc.) For me, I run and enter races monthly to maintain my motivation. You don't need to ever compete in anything if that's not your nature, but if you're serious about improving your health as well as trying to look good at the beach, you should seriously consider aerobic exercise.

Work on your flexibility by incorporating stretching in your routine. This should always be done before and after cardio work and can easily be done in front of the tv at night. Stretching is often forgotten but very helpful and expecially relaxing and soothing. It will hurt for the first week then feel very very good after that.

If you want to be serious about lifting, join the gym. Buying a set of weights for home is a fine idea, but it can be very unsafe and offers little variety, which leads to boredom and an unused weight bench taking up space at home. Going to the gym has so many advantages- a)variety- so many options of weight training and cardio exercises so you can vary your routine and avoid boredom b) motivation- for me, the fact that I pay $39 every month means I better get my ass there and make it a worthwhile investment. c) It's a social activity- there's people to talk to, making working out less of a painful task. And as an added bonus, most of those people are fit and attractive d)facilities like the pool, jacuzzi, stream room, or raquetball courts do not come with the weight bench in your rec room e) gyms offer classes- aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, spinning, etc. that may appeal to use as an alternative routine. f) If you do join a gym, you should be able schedule a introductory meeting with a trainer to determine a safe and appropriate workout.

Don't worry about the really buff guys. They're not worried about you. If you stick to a good schedule, you'll be looking much better before long.

And you have to consider the ugly cousin of exercise- eating right. This is my biggest struggle. Sad but true- if you want to lose weight, you've got to change your eating habits.

Which leads me to my question- I'd love to hear weiner techniques for managing the stomach. I run and run and run and do crunches and leg lifts until the cows come home, but my stomach will probably never be what I want it. It's fine, but not wonderful. What do YOU do? I'd be excited to hear of a new technique.
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