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    JackShephard is offline Warming Up
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    The ripped ones amongst you: I need the truth!

    Hi guys - well here's the thing - been training and eating properly for 8 weeks here, total fatty-nerd type, 30 yo, no prior experience, 25% BF. Basically,

    So far the results of 8 weeks of effort is this: lost 2 kilograms, feel better, much more concerned about health than before.

    Obvious issue: while I'm happy with the results, it's pretty clear that at this rate it's going to take me years - maybe 4 or 5 - to get anywhere near what some of you look like (Chillen comes to mind) . And take it from experience, if a geek tells you he just wants to 'feel better' by going to the gym - he's lying. The truth it - he wants to look ripped, like you guys!

    So I'm really curious - when I read that you go to the gym 3x a week - do you mean you're going there now 3x a week but before you used to live in there, or does it mean you always went 3x a week? As for the time (ie, 99% of the week), when you are not going to the gym, are some of you guys builders by trade or something, or going to martial art classes or similar?

    I'm really curious!

    Cheers,

    Cigaro

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    Eric L is offline Fourth Set
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    Many differ.

    Some change the routine every week.

    Some change it everyday, some every month...etc.

    It depends on your goals and time frame. You will have the hardest goal if you want to look ripped like some who are found on this board. Being able to show your abs is not easy, diet has to be watched like a hawk watches his pray. Suffice it to say that any improvement you make to your health is worth twice the effort you put in.

    And, well, a geek wants to look ripped to feel better. So it goes both ways man.

    You gotta be doing this for the right reasons too.

    I don't know how much you weigh, but I have to say, no, it won't take you years to lose the weight you want to lose. With proper knowledge and effort you can lose a decent 10 pounds per month.

    If someone says they go 3x a week, that's what it means, there previous routine could be completely different.

    Hope this helped.


    Eric

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    Danger_Dave is offline Verge of Overtraining
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    hey dude,
    I'm definitely not ripped, but I used to be really fat, and now I'm just kind of an average guy (though I like to think I'm decently strong for my weight)

    Anyway, check out this link of routines that I compiled ( I dind't make the routines, professionals did). It also has links on the bottom of the first psot concerning nutrition,

    If you have any questiosn feel free to ask.

    http://training.fitness.com/weight-t...rst-34522.html

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    Smex is offline Warming Up
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    honestly man, you should take one of those aerobics classes that gyms hold for groups of 40 ppl. they may look silly, but they ARE intense, and they WILL burn the fat off of you and show results if you continue to go to them 3 times a week for a good 2 months if you are eating rite at the same time. look into those if your trying to lose weight.

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    Typhon is offline Chicken Plucker
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    I started off at the opposite end of the spectrum to you, really skinny and had never been able to put on any muscle.
    If I'm honest, I'd say it takes about a year of hard work to really make a significant change to the way you look.

    Read the weight training and nutritional stickies because they're packed full of advice on building a training schedule and planning your diet.

    I train every day if I can (overtraining is a load of BS invented by the lazy) but apart from that I sit behind a computer all day at work, I've never had a manual labour job

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    Acein91 is offline Warming Up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typhon View Post
    I started off at the opposite end of the spectrum to you, really skinny and had never been able to put on any muscle.
    If I'm honest, I'd say it takes about a year of hard work to really make a significant change to the way you look.

    Read the weight training and nutritional stickies because they're packed full of advice on building a training schedule and planning your diet.

    I train every day if I can (overtraining is a load of BS invented by the lazy) but apart from that I sit behind a computer all day at work, I've never had a manual labour job
    when you say you train every day, do you mean you try to lift weights every day?

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