Beginner’s Guide to Lifting Weights

Only the strong survive. That which does not kill you only makes you stronger. I am Hans; I am Franz; and we are here to pump you up!
Since the dawn of time the world has revolved around the concept of strength in some way, shape, or form. It has always been the strongest that are the best able to provide for their families. The chicks seem to gravitate to the guys with muscles…even if they are the biggest jerks in the world. If nothing else, people always like the guy that can open the stubborn jar.
Do you want to be the go-to guy in the kitchen, the one that chicks gravitate to based solely on your looks?  Not sure what to do? Let us help you get started.

Step One: Your Clothes
Appearance is an issue. After all it you that you are trying to change, right? It starts with what you look like while you’re working out. Don’t sweat spending all kinds of money on Under Armour stuff and the latest high-tech MP3 player. However, don’t be the guy in short shorts wearing matching head and wrist bands and a bright neon Duran Duran t-shirt.
No one wants to spot the weird guy; they don’t want to answer any of his questions either. Chicks will avoid you like the plague. Dress comfortable, just not in a manner that will attract attention to you.

Step Two: What to do
It depends on what you are looking to do. If you are just thinking you need to drop some pounds, then you might want to just go with the cardio machines. Most gyms will have a good variety of machines, i.e. stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, Stairmasters, etc.
Now if you’re looking to be the go-to for the stubborn jar than it is the weight room for you. Most gyms will have a number of different machines, free weights, and dumbbells. This is where it can be a little confusing and even overwhelming if you have no clue what you are doing.
Most weight machines will have pictures that will tell you what muscle group they work and how to use it. If you’ve never lifted a weight in your life, you may want to get a few training sessions with a personal trainer to help get you started. A lot of websites can also help you develop work out plans too.
It is real important that you figure out what you are doing before you get started. Otherwise you can spend hours in there and do nothing besides create a ton of dirty laundry. Try to find a friend, associate, personal trainers, anyone that can help you get started and teach you what to do.

Step Three: Figuring out how much to do
It all depends on your goals. If you are looking to get bigger, stronger, and faster so you can start next year on the varsity squad than you should look to spend about 1 ½ hours in the gym anywhere from 4-6 days a week. If you are just looking not to be the weak guy anymore, than you can get away with about an hour a day 3-5 days a week.
Depending on what your goals are you will either hit each muscle group (chest, shoulders, arms: biceps and triceps, back, and legs) once or twice a week.
Above all else, when in the gym you must keep safety in mind first and foremost. Act like a fool and you’ll risk getting yourself kicked out; gyms are not for goofing off. With all the weights moving around, it can be real easy for someone to get seriously hurt. Only do what your body is willing to let you do ; it will tell you when it is time to stop.
When the chicks ask what happened there is no way to make a gym accident sound cool either.

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