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10 Feb 2004

Dont need to lose weight, but need more muscle ?
Just a quick question.

I am a guy in my middle twenties and looking to really getting involved in some form of fitness routine. I play the odd sport, but never been a huge gym fan. I am by no means overweight and do not need a programme to lose weight, but ratther i would like to tone my body. Do i start by going to the gym and getting a personal instructor? What is the best way to start a routine that works and that i can stick to?

Would appreciate suggestions.

Thanks
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01 Jan 0001

HI Craig
You can look into the personal trainer option, but you can just as easily get started on your own. I would in fact suggest going it alone at first, because this will give you more freedom to find what works, and then at a later stage you can look at making the more difficult developments with a personal trainer if you feel you need it.

Now, what you are after is weight gain and toning – in otherwords, it involves resistance training – and for this, being at a gym simplifies things a lot. It’s really hard to tone and gain muscles without access to the equipment at a gym. So, joining a gym is certainly something you can consider. However, to start with, you can do exercises from home, but you will be limited in terms of what you can do. What I would suggest is that you go to "Fitness" and then click on "Shape up". Here you will find a number of different programmes, including one for walking, another for running 10 km, and a cycling one. You can choose which you prefer. These programmes contain both cardiovascular (good for fitness, which you should not neglect just because you are aiming more for muscle changes) and resistance training (for toning the muscles) and so are good overall complete programmes. Once you get a little more advanced, then joining a gym might be a necessity, and in this case, a really good website that you can go to to find out more about weight training is the following:
http://www.health24.co.za/specials/buc/buc.start.asp
It contains good advice, explanations and assistance with the different types of exercises for different body parts, and even programmes for different types of people. Well worth a look

Regards


Good luck
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