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    So here are some stats. Here are some goals.

    Height:5'2"
    Weight:120 lbs

    Current workouts:gym 5 times per week. I know it's terrible but all I do is cardio. Treadmill, cross trainer, rowing machine. For about 1 hour.

    Goals: I want a lower body fat percentage and I have been doing the above^^ with 1200 cals a day (high protein, med fat, med carb) for a while.

    I have lost weight and seen improvements but I know moving on to weights will accelerate that. So, to someone who has never stepped foot in a weights room. What the hell do I do!?!?

    For example: Do I walk into the room with weights machines or free weights? What equipment do I walk over to first? Do I just look up vids on youtube as to how to do a squat etc???

    I've been scared of the weights for too long and I want to start tomorrow, so please some advice on what weights to do first etc so I don't make a fool of myself cos I think it's harder for a girl to go in there first.

    Thank you tsr peeps!!
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    (Original post by Billydodger)
    So here are some stats. Here are some goals.

    Height:5'2"
    Weight:120 lbs

    Current workouts:gym 5 times per week. I know it's terrible but all I do is cardio. Treadmill, cross trainer, rowing machine. For about 1 hour.

    Goals: I want a lower body fat percentage and I have been doing the above^^ with 1200 cals a day (high protein, med fat, med carb) for a while.

    I have lost weight and seen improvements but I know moving on to weights will accelerate that. So, to someone who has never stepped foot in a weights room. What the hell do I do!?!?

    For example: Do I walk into the room with weights machines or free weights? What equipment do I walk over to first? Do I just look up vids on youtube as to how to do a squat etc???

    I've been scared of the weights for too long and I want to start tomorrow, so please some advice on what weights to do first etc so I don't make a fool of myself cos I think it's harder for a girl to go in there first.

    Thank you tsr peeps!!
    do you have an ipod touch or iPhone, if so download an app called 'weightplan' and it has some routines, and how to use wights and stuff in your circuits for beginners through to experts, i'd like to help more, but id wait for advice from one of the fitness buffs on here first rather than mine :P
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    (Original post by tooambitious)
    do you have an ipod touch or iPhone, if so download an app called 'weightplan' and it has some routines, and how to use wights and stuff in your circuits for beginners through to experts, i'd like to help more, but id wait for advice from one of the fitness buffs on here first rather than mine :P
    Nope, no iphone for me but thanks. Economics degree is the way to go btw!
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    (Original post by Billydodger)
    Nope, no iphone for me but thanks. Economics degree is the way to go btw!
    oh, they actually ahe a website if that helps http://www.weightplan.com/Registration/Step1

    , are you at university already?
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    Your diet and planning seems good. Stick to free weight compounds - bench, deadlift and squat are the main ones, but you'll want to be doing overhead press and possibly rows/pullups as well. Youtube. A routine like starting strength will be needed but you have to learn the moves regardless of which routine you pick.
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    (Original post by tooosh)
    Your diet and planning seems good. Stick to free weight compounds - bench, deadlift and squat are the main ones, but you'll want to be doing overhead press and possibly rows/pullups as well. Youtube. A routine like starting strength will be needed but you have to learn the moves regardless of which routine you pick.
    Ok, thank-you very much.
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    Don't start tomorrow.

    Read around this site http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5...ining-program/

    and give the 'report' a skim (you can find the pdf in the link below so you don't have to enter your email address)
    http://stronglifts.com/secret-5x5-report/

    I'd say read this over the weekend and start Monday.

    It sounds like heavy marketing (and it is), though I'm not really sure what he's trying to sell as its all free, but the information is good.
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    Don't start tomorrow.

    Read around this site http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5...ining-program/

    and give the 'report' a skim (you can find the pdf in the link below so you don't have to enter your email address)
    http://stronglifts.com/secret-5x5-report/

    I'd say read this over the weekend and start Monday.

    It sounds like heavy marketing (and it is), though I'm not really sure what he's trying to sell as its all free, but the information is good.
    Ok I had a gander, I'll read it proper tomorrow thanks. will post progress pics!
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    (Original post by Billydodger)
    Ok I had a gander, I'll read it proper tomorrow thanks. will post progress pics!
    If you want lifting advice aimed specifically at women, check out the tutorial pages on these sites:

    http://www.stumptuous.com/

    and

    http://gubernatrix.co.uk/

    The technique advice is of course exactly the same as advice for/from men, but you might find it less intimidating to read then some of the more "manly" websites.

    I agree with the advice to spend some time reading around before starting as well.

    Also, read the stickies in this forum, we also have the Barbelles Society (link in my sig) for advice.
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    (Original post by bax121)
    It sounds like heavy marketing (and it is), though I'm not really sure what he's trying to sell as its all free, but the information is good.
    Just trying to get people to use his website and use his training method, it's a little extra ad revenue etc. Also he has a paid members forum so it leads people towards that. I use the gold forum actually, it is pretty good.
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    (Original post by Becca)
    If you want lifting advice aimed specifically at women, check out the tutorial pages on these sites:

    http://www.stumptuous.com/

    and

    http://gubernatrix.co.uk/

    The technique advice is of course exactly the same as advice for/from men, but you might find it less intimidating to read then some of the more "manly" websites.

    I agree with the advice to spend some time reading around before starting as well.

    Also, read the stickies in this forum, we also have the Barbelles Society (link in my sig) for advice.
    That looks really good thanks. I'll give this all a good read over today and go in and get started tomorrow!

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