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User avatar #1785 - bryceface (06/16/2012) [-]
I am about 5'8, skinny, 16 year-old, and weigh about 115 pounds. I would like to (at least try) get in shape. I looking to get stronger and am not sure on how to start. FJ, believe it or not, I'm coming to you for answers.
User avatar #1805 to #1785 - akmini (06/16/2012) [-]
You are probably wanting to get ripped, not build those enormous muscles.
If you are looking that, you should train body weight. Once you get to the point where you can for instance do 100 push-ups, add some weight in a backpack, it helps alot!
User avatar #1806 to #1805 - bryceface (06/16/2012) [-]
I already have a slouch from my backpack. I walked 1.2 miles to home with it after school but now school's over so...
User avatar #1807 to #1806 - akmini (06/16/2012) [-]
ok, walking is also a good exercise ;)
#1801 to #1785 - anonymous (06/16/2012) [-]
wow.. there is a really mad person in the comment section...
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User avatar #1788 to #1785 - iaccidentlied (06/16/2012) [-]
I strongly recommend you visit /fit/ on 4chan, there's a lot of great stuff there for newcomers. However I can give you a few basic guidelines..

-Wait atleast 48 hours before exercising the same muscle group! You need to give your muscles time to repair after lifting. For example, you would tire yourself out and maybe even suffer from health problems if did bench pressing everyday.

-Eat lots of protein! This should be a no brainer protein is a must for gaining muscle. Try to focus on chicken and vegetables. Supplements (Protein powder in this case) can also work, sometimes I'll blend up a fruit/vegetable smoothie when I need a quick lunch and I'll just add a scoop of powder to the smoothie while I'm blending it. The popular protein right now is whey-protein, you can find it almost any organic grocery store. There are many brands and a few different flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and flavorless are a few that come to mind.)

-Be patient! You'll start to see results a few weeks after lifting weights. But it can take months or years to create a built body. Stick to your routine and don't give up, a big part of getting in shape is the mental toughness one must have. Just stay resilient!

-Try to work every Muscle group (Legs, upper body, back, etc...)! You don't want to overdevelop your upper body and have no strength in your legs and vice versa. I try to lift Upper body three times a week, and lower body two times a week.

-Stretching! This isn't necessary for becoming stronger, but it can definitely make it easier and it also reduces the chance of injury. Always stretch the muscles you're going to be using before you lift. Wouldn't want to pull or tear a muscle now would we? Stretching will also make your more flexible which is good for a healthy body.

Continued in next post!
User avatar #1857 to #1788 - whiiterussian (06/16/2012) [-]
I strongly recommend you visit /fit/ on 4chan
Go fucking kill yourself. Theres enough summer there already
User avatar #1789 to #1788 - iaccidentlied (06/16/2012) [-]
Proper form! A lot of people who are new to lifting often want fast results, thinking that more weight on lifts = better. This is only true if you can do it with proper form. Stay at comfortable weight levels, don't over do it. If you put a lot of weight on the bench press but only manage to lower it a little instead of going all the way down to your chest, you will not see results.
You should however try to increase weights whenever you can, even if you can only do a few reps in proper forms compared to a bar with less weight on it. Less weight and more reps will build endurance and muscle definition. More weight and less reps will build up more muscle. I find that it's good to find a healthy balance between the two. On some days you can push yourself and do a few sets with heaver weights but less reps, and then on other days you can do more sets/reps with a lower weight level.

Pushups and situps! If you can't reach the gym it never hurts to knock out some situps and pushups. Pullups also help a lot if you have a pullup bar in your home. These simple exercises will help you build endurance mostly, and that's nice to have when you're lifting.

That's all I can really think of right now. I hope this helps.
#1804 to #1789 - Justsomedudee (06/16/2012) [-]
God damn, went all out lol. +Fav; and i thumbed up...so madfag thumbed everything here down..,
God damn, went all out lol. +Fav; and i thumbed up...so madfag thumbed everything here down..,
#1795 to #1789 - anonymous (06/16/2012) [-]
also from the /fit/ sticky:
EAT 16-18 TIMES THOSE 115 lbs (or current bodyweight) TO GAIN WEIGHT
the more protein the more muscle and less fat
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