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    OK so i'm 6'1 and kinda skinny but I wanna go to the Gym and get ripped

    So obviously I plan to put on some weight before I go but what should I be focusing on before I start Gym , or should I just head straight to the gym?

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    head straight to the gym and dont look back..... dont worry about making your diet 100% perfect b4 u start.....it'll probably only de-motivate u...with all the effort gta put in..... and slowly try and improve on your diet (cos thats really the only hard part).... took me about 2 years..
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    OK so i'm 6'1 and kinda skinny but I wanna go to the Gym and get ripped

    So obviously I plan to put on some weight before I go but what should I be focusing on before I start Gym , or should I just head straight to the gym?

    Cheers
    Knock one off.
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    Read Starting Strength.
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    Set a routine or go with starting strength.
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    Thanks for the advice all. I will try to sign up to the gym near the University I plan to go to. I'll also read up on the starting strength you suggested and take it from there.
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    (Original post by catjaum)
    head straight to the gym and dont look back..... dont worry about making your diet 100% perfect b4 u start.....it'll probably only de-motivate u...with all the effort gta put in..... and slowly try and improve on your diet (cos thats really the only hard part).... took me about 2 years..
    Well the first step before gym is to ignore anything Catjaum says. He might have a massive upper body but he has literally no core and I dread to think of what his legs are like. He probably has a bicep:thigh ratio of 1:1 and if you're 6'1'' that will look pretty bad. You need to be balanced to actually look good and it sounds like you're more concerned about aesthetics.

    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    OK so i'm 6'1 and kinda skinny but I wanna go to the Gym and get ripped
    It might be worth investing in supplements like whey protein to give you a bit of a boost seeing as you're trying to add mass.

    So obviously I plan to put on some weight before I go but what should I be focusing on before I start Gym , or should I just head straight to the gym?

    Cheers
    I wouldn't head straight to the gym just yet. Start off easy with exercises that require the use of your own body weight. Push-ups are great and seeing as you're skinny, you will see quick results to start off with, provided you stick to it. Set yourself targets and whatnot and for a few weeks you can build your strength so you're in a position where you can last a proper lifting session in the gym.

    Also, identify weaknesses your physique and work on the body parts that are disproportional to the rest. As I said, since you're tall you're more likely to look quite weird if your body isn't balanced. Don't forget legs and core.

    All this is vague but it's a decent starting platform.
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    (Original post by Zangoose)
    I wouldn't head straight to the gym just yet. Start off easy with exercises that require the use of your own body weight. Push-ups are great and seeing as you're skinny, you will see quick results to start off with, provided you stick to it. Set yourself targets and whatnot and for a few weeks you can build your strength so you're in a position where you can last a proper lifting session in the gym.

    Also, identify weaknesses your physique and work on the body parts that are disproportional to the rest. As I said, since you're tall you're more likely to look quite weird if your body isn't balanced. Don't forget legs and core.

    All this is vague but it's a decent starting platform.
    Sounds like good advice. I was expecting a reply like this rather than heading straight to the gym to be honest. I'll probably start off with the easy exercises as you said (push-ups etc). Would it make sense to take the supplements as I do these or should I wait till I'm at the Gym?

    Anyone have a basic plan that I could follow for the next few months?
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    Sounds like good advice. I was expecting a reply like this rather than heading straight to the gym to be honest. I'll probably start off with the easy exercises as you said (push-ups etc). Would it make sense to take the supplements as I do these or should I wait till I'm at the Gym?
    But why wait to head to the gym?

    Start light with just the bar, it'll be easy so you can get your form sorted and then get to heavier weights sooner.
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    (Original post by bax121)
    But why wait to head to the gym?

    Start light with just the bar, it'll be easy so you can get your form sorted and then get to heavier weights sooner.
    I feel like I can build a decent amount of strength before I go so when I do head to the Gym I don't have to start off right at the bottom - that itself might put off me off even when most people are lifting heavy stuff and i'm struggling with the light ones . Also I can save a bit of money.
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    (Original post by Zangoose)
    Well the first step before gym is to ignore anything Catjaum says. He might have a massive upper body but he has literally no core and I dread to think of what his legs are like. He probably has a bicep:thigh ratio of 1:1 and if you're 6'1'' that will look pretty bad. You need to be balanced to actually look good and it sounds like you're more concerned about aesthetics.
    no core??? err....i do planche pushups for fun mate.....and i weigh 80kg..... thats some serious core right there....

    and my legs are not huge...buts thats out of choice....they're big enough to fit in with my body.....

    dont come on here saying crap like you know what your talking about..... add protein for mass is what you said...LOL.....the most important factor for mass would be carbzzz.....if u actually tried getting big and achieved your goals you would realise how important carbs actually are....

    you talk about identifying weaknesses in your body to a n00b......BEFORE ANYONE CAN EVEN BEGIN LOOKING AT WEAKNESSES OR ANYTHING ELSE THEY WOULD NEED TO HAVE BEEN IN A GYM FOR A WHILE...

    you clearly dont know much about training other then the generic bits of information you've picked up from the net....
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    Sounds like good advice. I was expecting a reply like this rather than heading straight to the gym to be honest.
    Good.

    I'll probably start off with the easy exercises as you said (push-ups etc). Would it make sense to take the supplements as I do these or should I wait till I'm at the Gym?
    Start taking supplements as soon as you can. These supplements will aid recovery and seeing as you're just starting, they will help with quicker recovery and mass gains from an early stage.

    Anyone have a basic plan that I could follow for the next few months?
    I could help you with a basic plan but not as far as the next few months.

    (Original post by bax121)
    But why wait to head to the gym?

    Start light with just the bar, it'll be easy so you can get your form sorted and then get to heavier weights sooner.
    I disagree.

    Remember, this guy says he is skinny and has barely any experience. It may be a bit intimidating and demoralising to put him in an environment with other more experienced and more muscular people where he has no clue what he's doing.

    And besides, it's a waste of time and possibly money because at such an early stage where you've never lifted weights, you'll probably be doing basic stuff anyway; stuff so basic that it's not even worth shelling out cash for a gym membership.
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    (Original post by catjaum)
    no core???
    Yep. Not even the slightest sign of abdominal muscle or definition.

    err....i do planche pushups for fun mate.....and i weigh 80kg..... thats some serious core right there....
    Awesome.

    and my legs are not huge...
    They are in fact, pitiful.

    buts thats out of choice....they're big enough to fit in with my body.....
    Ok.

    dont come on here saying crap like you know what your talking about..... add protein for mass is what you said...LOL.....
    When did I say this?

    the most important factor for mass would be carbzzz.....if u actually tried getting big and achieved your goals you would realise how important carbs actually are....
    :troll:

    you talk about identifying weaknesses in your body to a n00b......BEFORE ANYONE CAN EVEN BEGIN LOOKING AT WEAKNESSES OR ANYTHING ELSE THEY WOULD NEED TO HAVE BEEN IN A GYM FOR A WHILE...
    I was talking about proportions which are due to past lifestyles or our natural body shapes. You don't need to be at the gym for a while to notice imbalances in your physique. For instance, I always had really skinny arms and I had practically no chest and my calves were small. However, I had good abs and good thighs so I started working to improve my weaker areas.

    If this doesn't make sense to you then you need help brah.

    you clearly dont know much about training other then the generic bits of information you've picked up from the net....
    I didn't use the internet brah. Not to be smug, but my intellect is far superior to yours and I am more knowledgeable in this subject than you will ever be.

    Go back to chugging your protein shakes, curlbro.
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    (Original post by Zangoose)
    Good.

    Start taking supplements as soon as you can. These supplements will aid recovery and seeing as you're just starting, they will help with quicker recovery and mass gains from an early stage.

    I could help you with a basic plan but not as far as the next few months.
    Alright, I'll try get the supplements when I can then. I wouldn't mind your basic plan then even if it's for a week or two - just anything to get me started
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    (Original post by Zangoose)
    Yep. Not even the slightest sign of abdominal muscle or definition.



    Awesome.



    They are in fact, pitiful.



    Ok.



    When did I say this?



    :troll:



    I was talking about proportions which are due to past lifestyles or our natural body shapes. You don't need to be at the gym for a while to notice imbalances in your physique. For instance, I always had really skinny arms and I had practically no chest and my calves were small. However, I had good abs and good thighs so I started working to improve my weaker areas.

    If this doesn't make sense to you then you need help brah.



    I didn't use the internet brah. Not to be smug, but my intellect is far superior to yours and I am more knowledgeable in this subject than you will ever be.

    Go back to chugging your protein shakes, curlbro.
    you seem like an embittered little kid....LOLLLLL.....pics or gfto..... seriously.....whatever you wanna accomplish with your physique iv'e either already accomplished or could accomplish if i could be bothered.....

    its easy to try an criticize someone else's body....but i dont see you upping any of your pics.....

    and b4 you get on some stupid high ground about how u dont need to prove anything...blah blah....insert lame excuse and try to come off as intelligent here...i dnt wana hear it ....cos u wont upload anything.... cos your most probably not that built yourself...

    :troll:
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    (Original post by catjaum)
    you seem like an embittered little kid....LOLLLLL.....pics or gfto..... seriously.....whatever you wanna accomplish with your physique iv'e either already accomplished or could accomplish if i could be bothered.....
    Embittered? That's a pretty big word for you to use, Catjaum. I hope you didn't injure yourself thinking of that word Mr. Meat For Brains. It probably stretches the very limits of your mental abilities.

    I'll admit, you have bigger arms, bigger traps and a bigger chest but that's pretty much it. My body is much better proportioned than yours and I have far better definition. My thighs, hamstrings and glutes are pretty impressive and I have excellent definition on those. My back is pretty ripped and my abs, lats and obliques are immensely chiseled.

    You carry a few more kilos of bulk than I do but aesthetically speaking, size isn't everything. And besides, I'm a proper athlete and whenever I lift I actually have an objective in mind which is to improve my performance and not just the way I look.

    You Sir on the other hand, are just a meathead who when all else fails, turns to his body to settle a dispute rather than attempting to do so in a sophisticated manner.

    its easy to try an criticize someone else's body....but i dont see you upping any of your pics.....
    Does this mean if I upped my pics you would be more open to criticism?

    and b4 you get on some stupid high ground about how u dont need to prove anything...blah blah....insert lame excuse and try to come off as intelligent here...i dnt wana hear it ....cos u wont upload anything.... cos your most probably not that built yourself...

    :troll:
    Okay... Well as I said earlier curlbro, it seems that getting built is your main concern and you're just gonna talk down to everyone who doesn't walk around the nightclub with their arms out to the side wearing a t-shirt 10 sizes too small as you do. You obsess too much about being built which is why you have that flabby one-pack and thighs the same size as your forearms.
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    (Original post by catjaum)
    you seem like an embittered little kid....LOLLLLL.....pics or gfto..... seriously.....whatever you wanna accomplish with your physique iv'e either already accomplished or could accomplish if i could be bothered.....
    I'll admit, you have bigger arms, bigger traps and a bigger chest but that's pretty much it. My body is much better proportioned than yours and I have far better definition. My thighs, hamstrings and glutes are pretty impressive and I have excellent definition on those. My back is pretty ripped and my abs, lats and obliques are immensely chiseled. My weakest areas are my calves and chest but I'm not too fussed about getting a massive chest because I run.

    You carry a few more kilos of bulk than I do but aesthetically speaking, size isn't everything. And besides, I'm a proper athlete and whenever I lift I actually have an objective in mind which is to improve my performance and not just the way I look.

    You Sir on the other hand, are just a meathead who when all else fails, turns to his body to settle a dispute rather than attempting to do so in a sophisticated manner.

    its easy to try an criticize someone else's body....but i dont see you upping any of your pics.....
    Does this mean if I upped my pics you would be more open to criticism?

    and b4 you get on some stupid high ground about how u dont need to prove anything...blah blah....insert lame excuse and try to come off as intelligent here...i dnt wana hear it ....cos u wont upload anything.... cos your most probably not that built yourself...

    :troll:
    Okay... Well as I said earlier curlbro, it seems that getting built in the upper body is your only concern and you're just gonna talk down to everyone who doesn't walk around the nightclub with their arms out to the side wearing a t-shirt 10 sizes too small. You obsess too much about having a big chest and arms which is why you have an awesome one-pack and thighs the same size as your forearms.
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    (Original post by Zangoose)
    I'll admit, you have bigger arms, bigger traps and a bigger chest but that's pretty much it. My body is much better proportioned than yours and I have far better definition. My thighs, hamstrings and glutes are pretty impressive and I have excellent definition on those. My back is pretty ripped and my abs, lats and obliques are immensely chiseled. My weakest areas are my calves and chest but I'm not too fussed about getting a massive chest because I run.

    so your back and legs are bigger...the parts of mine which you've never seen :rolleyes:

    You carry a few more kilos of bulk than I do but aesthetically speaking, size isn't everything. And besides, I'm a proper athlete and whenever I lift I actually have an objective in mind which is to improve my performance and not just the way I look.

    i dont care if your a wannabe athlete.....im a bodybuilder.....my only objective is to mould the way i look

    You Sir on the other hand, are just a meathead who when all else fails, turns to his body to settle a dispute rather than attempting to do so in a sophisticated manner.

    you sir have nothing to base that on....do you feel threatened by looking at a pic of me or something


    Does this mean if I upped my pics you would be more open to criticism?

    so this was your lame reasoning to try and get out of upping a pic... 1/10 for effort

    Okay... Well as I said earlier curlbro, it seems that getting built in the upper body is your only concern and you're just gonna talk down to everyone who doesn't walk around the nightclub with their arms out to the side wearing a t-shirt 10 sizes too small. You obsess too much about having a big chest and arms which is why you have an awesome one-pack and thighs the same size as your forearms.
    and i dont have a big chest.....and if you think my chest is big...you clearly have a tiny/non existent chest yourself.......my awesome one pack---ive actually nearly got a six pack right now...LOL....once again you aint seen the size of my legs...so your comments are just stupid......do u want me to have small legs or something so you can feel better about yourself? :facepalm2:
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    Zangoose what are your sprint times?
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    OK so i'm 6'1 and kinda skinny but I wanna go to the Gym and get ripped

    So obviously I plan to put on some weight before I go but what should I be focusing on before I start Gym , or should I just head straight to the gym?

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    Read up on Starting Strength... Apply it... Success.

    Bodyweight exercises dont translate for **** to weights. I can do many a push up (50/60 easy), but when i first benched, i could just about do 35kg... start from the bar on all lifts on starting strenght and you're good to go
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