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  1. So I started weight training back in March, after a lifetime of avoiding all fitness-related activities like a tropical disease (as a kid I skived off P.E. in school for a whole year, because I detested it that much). Motivated by a pay cheque, a few years ago I did fairly hard manual labour for a living, but that wasn't exactly the same as a structured and strict exercise regime; heavy things were lifted, but at irregular intervals and not in a dedicated pursuit of building muscle.

    A mere eight months into my newfound love of lifting weights for 60-70 minutes a day, 3 days a week, and I've already seen a lot of improvement. My upper arms have passed the 16" circumference. Hardly massive, even on a 5'11" man, but considering they were a scrawny 14" when pumped before I started training I'd say the hard work has paid off. Chest, shoulders, back and legs have also developed nicely. It's nice to be able to look at a nearly naked DoomUK in the mirror and see something which I'm mildly happy with in the reflection.

    My plan is to keep doing what I'm doing for another four months, and then start to integrate cardio into my workout regime. The muscle I've developed is still covered in a layer of unsightly fat, and while weight training improves your general fitness I'm sure I'd look a lot better (and feel even better) if I cut down my bodyfat percentage a little, even if I have no ambition to be a competing bodybuilder or anything.

    TL;DR: Regularly lifted some cast iron and put it down again using the correct form, got bigger and stronger, felt good.

    1. Phobus

      Phobus

      I'm pretty on off with the gym myself and naturally very thin, so 14" upper arm circumference sounds pretty big to me as a result, but I guess I'd need to measure my own to get some kind of perspective on it.

      I was surprised how much a minor dietary change (eat a bit less, basically) made a huge difference in offsetting my sedentary jobs effect on my waistline, so you might want to consider something like that yourself if fat is an issue even after you've taken up some regular cardio.

    2. TwinBeast

      TwinBeast

      Seems good. Muscles grow surprisingly fast. During the summer I worked out & ran really hard about every day and in a few weeks my upper body was looking much better. I think running is good for decreasing fat, suppose it'll also improve leg muscles, just have some good running shoes, at least everyone's told me that... Not that I ever got any specific running shoes, or they already have enough impact dampening. I think that's what people usually have been concerned about the shoes.

    3. Phobus

      Phobus

      I had a crappy old pair of knock-off Turkish market trainers that were great as gym shoes for years. Then they got a bit too old and crappy, so I moved onto a pair of Nike Airs which were also pretty old. They gave me many painful blisters, which prompted me to put some money in and buy some trainers specifically for the gym. £40 or so on a pair of Nikes that don't have a weird heel on them and do have plenty of padding solved my running woes nicely. I think the important thing for me was that it was relatively flat across the sole of my foot. A bit of arch support certainly helps too, if you're doing a lot of running (or just spend a lot of time on your feet, really).

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