First post. Good to be among such an abundance of knowledge.
I just read through some of the newb advice posts and a few other articles and it has me thinking about 2 things:
First, very quickly. I went to my first session with a trainer a few weeks ago.
He took my weight, height, body fat, and measurements, asked me how many days a week I want to train (I said 5), then gave me a 5 week program, and that was it. It includes 6 different upperbody exercises including bench, shrugs, lat pulldown, curls, and 2 others I don't know what to call, and 2 lower body.
I have been plugging away for 4 weeks. After the first week I started increasing weight to each exercise, each week, or more if it started feeling too easy.
1) Is just increasing weight each week enough if I want fairly fast progress. I am doing 3 sets of 12 reps for all.
2) Is 4 x week too much? I have read that you build more muscle when your NOT at the gym. I am thinking of switching to 4 sets of 10-12, 3 x week (instead of 3 sets of 12, 4 x week, which I'm doing now)
I would just ask the trainer, but his English is not very good. (I am currently living abroad in Costa Rica and my Spanish is sheeet)