I Just got a gym membership...what should i do?

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  1. thelazerbeam

    thelazerbeam New User

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    *Note* This has to do with getting in shape, nothing to do with the specifics of tennis. Also, if you guys don't want to read the history of my gym life, then skip down to my questions.

    So i just got a gym membership two weeks ago and I love it. I considered myself in decent shape before getting the membership. I have been going for about 6 days a week for the two weeks that I have had membership. This is my routine. I don't know whether to do weight training or cardio first, so i mix it up somedays. Usually, it goes something like this:

    1.) Run 20 minutes at a pace that I can handle, but also challenging myself. In 20 minutes I usually end up running about 2 miles on the treadmill. On somedays when the I do the elliptical to mix things up and to make it more fun.
    2.) Then I lift. I don't know specifically what to do so I end up working on my biceps, triceps, upper arm, shoulders, traps, and chest.
    3.) If i have enough energy, I go to the pool. I don't swim laps i just let my body cool down.

    My body feels fine as long as I get one or two days a week off. But, i have some questions.

    QUESTIONS:

    1.) Should i be running and be doing weight training on the same days?
    2.) Should i even be running 5-6 times a day? I heard people say to keep running at a minimal, maybe twice a week, and to focus more on weight lifting.
    3.) My goal is to get cut...not Bruce lee cut, but more bulkier...not so much bulkier that it makes me look like the hulk -_- With that in mind, what do i do?
     
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  2. Vermillion

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    what's your height and weight?
     
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  3. thelazerbeam

    thelazerbeam New User

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    I can't seem to edit my post so.

    Height: 5'9
    Weight: 162
    Age: 18

    I was thinking something like this...ionno if this will work though:

    Monday: Cardio for maybe 30 minutes
    Tuesday: Biceps, Abs
    Wednesday: Cardio
    Thursday: Triceps, Chest (These seem to go together alot)
    Friday: Cardio
    Saturday: Back, Shoulders
    Sunday: Rest
     
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  4. tbini87

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    sounds like you want to bulk up and remain cut, which is pretty tricky. if you are going to run a ton then you need to be taking in a lot of calories so you can also gain mass. running with help keep you cut, but won't help you gain muscle. so you probably have to balance it and see what is best for you.

    looks like you are missing a leg day in your workout right now. you could prob throw it in on tuesday without any problems. but if you are going to be working out seriously you don't want to neglect your lower body.
     
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  5. Vermillion

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    Good luck. If you come to a plateau then mix up your cardios
     
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  6. thelazerbeam

    thelazerbeam New User

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    After researching the threads and reading many of Ano's posts...I am going to aim for lifting heavy weights and for my cardio sessions, instead of 30 minute medium sessions, to go for the high intensity interval stuff....

    I like the size I am at right now...but i am a bit chubby throughout my body and would like to lose the body fat, not muscle.
     
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  7. Rickson

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    Cut back on the exercise. You should limit yourself to 1 or 2 bodyparts per workout. Cardio should be done after the weights, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't warm up a bit. 5 minutes of treadmill, hit the weights, 20 minutes of cardio.
     
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  8. cncretecwbo

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    biceps and abs as a day is kinda a waste.
    you need to work legs.

    Heres what i would do...
    -- find where you can buy Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
    -- buy it (its more than worth it)
    -- read it
    -- do what it says and dont F with the program
    -- get jacked, be happy, be accused of "steroids" because no one knows how you got so strong

    (google the starting strength wiki to get som good info, but nothing makes up for the book)

    as a beginner who wants to get better athletic performance, a fullnody routine like that one is what you want. biceps and bodypart splits can come later.
     
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  9. Ocean Drive

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    As a warm up maybe do 5 minutes cardio just to get the body temperature risen.

    Anyway

    1. Yes but on one condition. You do your weights first, then at the end you can do a small cardio workout, 10-20 minutes.

    2. You mean running 5 to 6 times a week? No. Focus on cardio twice or thrice in a week.

    3. Increase your calories, protein intake. You don't seem like you want to go on an out and out bulk. So moderately increase your calories. Weight training 3 or 4 times a week and cardio couple of days I would do.
     
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  10. Ocean Drive

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    A lot of people who do heavy weights have awful form.

    Form is much more important than any other aspect of lifting.

    Good form is more impressive than lifting heavy weights badly.

    Just remember that.
     
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  11. Ocean Drive

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    Personally I do abs after every workout without fail, so I do not dedicate any day to them.
     
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  12. nereis

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    I have to recommend Westside For Skinny *******s. Its a program tailored specifically for the training demands of an athlete. The man, Joe Defranco, has numerous powerlifting champions and college level athletes.
     
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