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PostSubject: Hello from the wilds of Norfolk...   Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:09 am

Hello!

I've been vegan for 3.5 years, and been trying to discipline myself in terms of exercise for a long time. I am now fed up with my flabulicious bod and am really jealous of my friend who is dedicated and now has a GI Jane-type body. I want that body! I am hoping to get inspiration and motivation through this forum - hopefully being a member on here will give me the focus and strengthen my commitment.

I am a member of a gym, and would like to utilize that facility properly. I know change doesn't come overnight. I just struggle on my own (and I don't like gym-buddies - they make me feel even more useless and I quickly become disheartened) so I figured that joining this forum will perhaps be what I need to give me the drive.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from the wilds of Norfolk...   Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:03 am

Welcome on board! Now is the time a lot of people start looking at making changes in their lives, so you are in good company. Start off with a couple of simple changes at first. Set yourself some easy goals. Like 'get to the gym 3 times per week' & make one healthier change in your diet. Stick with that throughout January, that's it, just keep doing that & don't worry about all the "lose 5 dress sizes in 30 days" type rubbish. The goal is consistency, just get to the gym & do some light weights & a bit of cardio for 30-45 minutes at a moderate pace. If you don't think of this as a temporary thing, you should be thinking more in terms of a lifestyle change, so you have a long time to make more changes, but starting slowly really is the best way. The goal is that once you are comfortable doing that, then add one or 2 more changes, then get used to those etc. Over time you can make great changes with very fewer changes than you expect. You do not need to slave in the gym for hours & eat like a canary to get in shape, but you do need to make some changes.
I'm looking forward to your progression as you head towards your goals in 2012!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from the wilds of Norfolk...   Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:58 am

Thank you Smile

I've had a look at the Getting Started section of the website. I'm a wee bit confused about the info under Types of Training and the workout detailed there for beginners. I don't quite understand what the percentages mean (doh!) and what 'grip work' is?

Apologies if this has been gone over before.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from the wilds of Norfolk...   Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:46 am

The % are basically when you do an exercise start at about half of what you can do (so if you can bench 100 pounds for 10 reps for example start doing a few reps with 50 pounds), then add weight to the bar so you might do
set 1
50 pounds x 10 reps (50x10)
set 2
75x10
set 3
100x10

that's 3 sets of 10. You are starting light & working up to your max set of the day. The lighter sets work of keeping the form perfect, they should look exactly the same as the lighter sets.

Grip work, wow there is loads I'll give you an example of each type below:

Crushing strength



Pinch grip



Supporting strength



Wrist roller



There's also stuff like lever bar work, & specialist equipment like the vulcan adjustable gripper, titans telegraph keys (good for thumb strength), ivanko adjustable gripper bending stuff like horseshoes ,nails etc.
A great place to check out is http://www.davidhorne-gripmaster.com/ or http://thegripauthority.com/ for all things grip.
You do not need to do it all at once. Pick one or 2 grip things & do those for about a month or 2 then switch, so you practice some crushing, some pinching, some supporting, some wrist strengthening etc. Over the course of the year hit them all & you'll be good to go.
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