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    (Original post by Luxray)
    Really? they dont seem like they would be appropriate for sports/gym.
    Best low cost footwear for weightlifting. Nice hard and flat soles. You can run and cycle in them too (though you won't need to do much, if any, cardio unless you're fat).

    Squishy soled running trainers are useless.
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    (Original post by Joe909)
    Beach Body is made in the kitchen. Diet > Workout.

    You can do fine without a gym, just run and plyometrics (Push ups, pull ups)

    If you were looking to actually add some muscle, it'd be a different story. You'd need a Squat rack, adequate space for an Olympic bar to deadlift and a bench press with a proper bar.
    Run and pylometrics to get a ''beach body''?


    Yeaah go back to the misc section of bbforum
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    (Original post by facdroit)
    Run and pylometrics to get a ''beach body''?


    Yeaah go back to the misc section of bbforum
    So what do you recommend? I showed the body I wanted a few posts back.
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    (Original post by MissLightyear)
    Get a routine planned, see what equipments needed. The basics that you'll more than likely need is bench, mats for deadlifing (some places can be funny about it) and squat rack then see what the weights they have go up to. If youre wanting to use dumbells a lot it'll be pointless if they only go up to 25kg for example. If youre wanting to use barbells too make sure theres enough plates and that they have small increments for when youre wanting to progress later on and cant put 5kg on from last time for example.

    Cardio machines are usually pretty straight forward, would be odd if they didnt have what you wanted
    Hi so visited the gym and didn't really spend long looking around which is my own fault. But was a little disappointed because the actual gym section was a little small. I did ask about the dumbbells and he said they go up in 2kgs which is great and up to about 35kg or something. He said they didn't have an Olympic bar thing. I'm going to go there anyway because it's the closest to me and the others are too inconvenient. I didn't check if they had mats for deadlifting -.- what's the thing called you do bench presses on?



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    (Original post by Luxray)
    Hi so visited the gym and didn't really spend long looking around which is my own fault. But was a little disappointed because the actual gym section was a little small. I did ask about the dumbbells and he said they go up in 2kgs which is great and up to about 35kg or something. He said they didn't have an Olympic bar thing. I'm going to go there anyway because it's the closest to me and the others are too inconvenient. I didn't check if they had mats for deadlifting -.- what's the thing called you do bench presses on?



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    A bench?
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    (Original post by Luxray)
    Hi so visited the gym and didn't really spend long looking around which is my own fault. But was a little disappointed because the actual gym section was a little small. I did ask about the dumbbells and he said they go up in 2kgs which is great and up to about 35kg or something. He said they didn't have an Olympic bar thing. I'm going to go there anyway because it's the closest to me and the others are too inconvenient. I didn't check if they had mats for deadlifting -.- what's the thing called you do bench presses on?



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    Dumbells go up in decent increments so thats alright, you could use them for non-compound movements (you could use them for compound movements too, just may be more difficult). The deadlift mats arent essential if they dont mind a bit of banging. If they moan then it may just be that you cant do 1rms.

    You said they dont have an olympic bar, do they still have some barbells? A standard bar should be fine if thats what theyve got. Bench press is done on a bench, not sure what else you could call it
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    (Original post by Luxray)
    Hi so visited the gym and didn't really spend long looking around which is my own fault. But was a little disappointed because the actual gym section was a little small. I did ask about the dumbbells and he said they go up in 2kgs which is great and up to about 35kg or something. He said they didn't have an Olympic bar thing. I'm going to go there anyway because it's the closest to me and the others are too inconvenient. I didn't check if they had mats for deadlifting -.- what's the thing called you do bench presses on?



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    If they don't have an Olympic bar how are you going to squat and deadlift?
    Forget the smith machine if they don't have a squat rack don't go there.

    Do you know the praeto principle?

    Squats,deadlifts and bench are your 80 percent when working out. Honest. If even one is missing don't bother. I go to a friend's house to squat because the gym I'm in doesn't have a rack and let me tell you something I'm counting the days I move out of here so I can go to a real gym.
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    (Original post by MissLightyear)
    Dumbells go up in decent increments so thats alright, you could use them for non-compound movements (you could use them for compound movements too, just may be more difficult). The deadlift mats arent essential if they dont mind a bit of banging. If they moan then it may just be that you cant do 1rms.

    You said they dont have an olympic bar, do they still have some barbells? A standard bar should be fine if thats what theyve got. Bench press is done on a bench, not sure what else you could call it
    No I dont think they have a barbell :eek:
    They have a sauna, swimming pool but no barbell I think. What is a 1rms?
    They have lots of machines that do other things which I assume should be useful.
    This is the gym, doesnt have much info.
    http://www.wlct.org/Sport-and-Health...membership.htm
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    Squat racks, a leg press where you can add plates, a hack squat may also be nice. Bars and places to deadlift, dumbbells that go up to a reasonable weight. Like has been said depends on goals, if you want to pack on mass you ideally want all the free weight equipment you can get.
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    (Original post by Luxray)
    No I dont think they have a barbell :eek:
    They have a sauna, swimming pool but no barbell I think. What is a 1rms?
    They have lots of machines that do other things which I assume should be useful.
    This is the gym, doesnt have much info.
    http://www.wlct.org/Sport-and-Health...membership.htm
    1rm = 1 rep max - it can be useful knowing this if your planning to work at a particular % of it.

    Ah I live near Wigan so Ive seen the gyms, its a standard council gym then so I dont think it has any barbells/squat rack etc. You could get away with using machines tbh if its not strength your going for. Free weights are more adaptable but you could still do use dumbells to add some compounds in.
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    (Original post by MissLightyear)
    1rm = 1 rep max - it can be useful knowing this if your planning to work at a particular % of it.

    Ah I live near Wigan so Ive seen the gyms, its a standard council gym then so I dont think it has any barbells/squat rack etc. You could get away with using machines tbh if its not strength your going for. Free weights are more adaptable but you could still do use dumbells to add some compounds in.
    Well I'm only there for the summer. Once I go back to uni I will be joining a better gym
    I think the main thing I'm after over this summer in particular is losing fat (I'm what you would call skinny-fat right now) and I'm hoping the dumbbells and the machines will help build a bit of muscle.
    In the long term my goal is to look like this
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    So yeah I just want to have a good beach body
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    (Original post by Luxray)
    Well I'm only there for the summer. Once I go back to uni I will be joining a better gym
    I think the main thing I'm after over this summer in particular is losing fat (I'm what you would call skinny-fat right now) and I'm hoping the dumbbells and the machines will help build a bit of muscle.
    In the long term my goal is to look like this
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    So yeah I just want to have a good beach body
    Well if you focus on cardio over summer but also do a bit on the machines/with dumbells you should be fine. It will mean when you get a better gym you can focus on building muscle rather than fat loss and have a base to work on.
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    (Original post by MissLightyear)
    Well if you focus on cardio over summer but also do a bit on the machines/with dumbells you should be fine. It will mean when you get a better gym you can focus on building muscle rather than fat loss and have a base to work on.
    Yep thats what I'm thinking. :cool:
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    Break it down for a moment in terms of what do you need for a beach body? In descending order of importance:
    1) You need to be lean
    2) You need some development of your upper body muscles and especially the arms, shoulders, chest, lats and traps
    3) You need some minimal leg development so you don't look like captain chicken legs

    Everyone else can say what they like but if you actually take a look at your goal physique, that's it basically. Even then, he has pretty narrow clavicles/doesn't look very wide.

    Look at what you need and work from there in terms of planning how to get there.
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    (Original post by facdroit)
    Run and pylometrics to get a ''beach body''?


    Yeaah go back to the misc section of bbforum
    The irony is I'm browsing it right it.

    Be realistic. A beach body is just low bodyfat.

    He doesn't need to focus on compound movements and hypertrophy now does he ?
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    Sounds like a poor gym
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    one should look for the following things in a good gym:

    1- adequate and good condition machinery

    2- flexible timings

    3- good coach (not necessary though)

    4- of course cheap!
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    (Original post by Joe909)
    Be realistic. A beach body is just low bodyfat.

    He doesn't need to focus on compound movements and hypertrophy now does he ?
    I recall Amir Khan weighing in for a fight some years ago at 137lb (about 63kg), at a height of 5'11. Look for photos - he was in great shape for boxing and had single digit bodyfat, but I'd hesitate to describe him as having a beach body...

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a little taller but weighs a good 84kg these days if I'm not mistaken and looks great. That's really the look people are aspiring to, a combination of a fair bit of muscle mass, good athletic proportions and low bodyfat.

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