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New Guy, Need Advice


#1

Hi, I’m 48 and need advice. New to exercise and need to slowly start somewhere. Any help?


#2

What do you want to accomplish? What goal do you have? What experience do you have lifting? How are your eating habits?


#3

Start slow…dont overthink it. Learn some basic stuff on nutrition. Pretty much anything you do at this point will produce improvement.


#4

Either of these a good start…



#5

The usuals on here always give great advice.

I started a year ago at 39 and followed starting strength until I basically couldn’t recover from the squatting 3 times a week and my presses stalled. If you are looking at barbell work it’s a fine cookie cutter programme and the ebooks have a lot of information. It’s a simple place to start. But as the others have asked, it depends what the goal is?


#6

I have tendonitis and minor shoulder issues. I was thinking, start out 10 lb. work my way up. Just to build a little strength.


#7

No experience.


#8

If you are in for general fitness. Find some sort of full body program and plan on 3 days/ 4 days a week. You can get pleanty done in an hour. If you have weight to lose the diet is the most important component. Don’t over think it. Do find a good program that is from a good coach…christian thribeau (sp) on this site and forum would be a good place to start


#9

If you are more or less a beginner, try a primitive linear periodization (3 times a week) that you can get everywhere.

It can be as follows (sets X reps):

week 1: 6x6 (65% of RM)
week 2: 7x5 (67.5% of RM)
week 3: 8x4 (70% of RM)
week 4-5: 9x3 (75% of RM)
week 6-7: 10x2 (85% of RM)
week 8: test your personal record

Upon completion, more challenging and sophisticated training programs can be started. Always follow some meaningful periodization.


#10

Is the tendonitis in your shoulder?

Starting at 10 pounds (or very light) and working up to high, high reps is a good way to work through tendonitis.