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kerwinray

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  1. Hi guys, just wondering. How many of you have personal trainers in the gym? I know most of us are self-help advocates when it comes to fitness, but someone approached me in the gym last night and helped me correct my form. He then offers to become my personal trainer (of course, for a fee). It might be beneficial for a starter like me. What do you guys think?
  2. Thanks for the helpful tips, guys. Tomorrow will be Week 2. I'll let you guys know where it leads.
  3. Those sound good. I've been doing 5x5 for at least 2 weeks now, I think. I try to lift heavy as much as I can, and when I'm "resting" between those heavy lifts, I do some cable exercises.
  4. This is my biggest pet peeve. I can forgive "your/you're" or "its/it's", but this. I cannot even.
  5. Aiming for "bigness," so I guess more weight is the right direction. Not too strong, I think. Yeah, I think I read that somewhere. Maybe from Steve Kamb himself. Something about shocking the system so it keeps on guessing.
  6. Hahaha, read it from Steve Kamb's guide, who got it here: I'm currently 130 lbs with 15% body fat, so *math math compute compute* = 16 lbs muscle mass to gain, 5 lbs fat to lose.
  7. Thanks, I-Jo. I'm leaning towards MOAR weight myself. But I guess the more important question is: should I go for muscular strength or endurance? If I have to gain more muscle mass than lose fat (based on some estimates, I need around 16 lbs of lean mass to gain vs 5 lbs of fat to lose in order to reach ideal weight/body composition), is it more beneficial to go heavy+low rep or not-as-heavy+more reps?
  8. I'm curious. Once you've reached a certain level of manageability in terms of lifting weights, does this signal that you should add weights, or does this mean you should do more of them, but at the same weight level? Or does this depend on your fitness goals (endurance vs strength, or something similar)?
  9. LOL. I just want to reach that point where those two say the same thing. Hahaha. Or maybe I just need new glasses or a new camera, dunno. And yes, more work to do. Today's my rest day, tomorrow it's gonna be gym time once again.
  10. Yes, alongside the Paleo+HGOMAD diet I'm doing, I'm also doing Barbell Battalion Cycle B, so that's 4 days out of 7 that I'm doing deadlifts, squats, bent over rows, lunges, push presses, the works. The schedule's pretty much work out on M-Tue-Thu-Fri and then rest the other days. I'm actually excited for next week's session since they'll be a repeat of this week, but with additional weights. I have a feeling I could add around 5 lbs-10 lbs more on some of the exercises. But boy, did I underestimate that barbell lunge exercise yesterday.
  11. I started reading Anthony Mychal, and I realized that his and Steve Kamb's advice don't really contradict each other, so that's good. I'm kinda thinking these two might be friends in real life, LOL. Did you purchase his products-- Chaos Bulk, X-Physique, etc? Also, what are "beginner gains"? One thing that's been drilled to me by these two is to STICK TO THE PLAN, so I might do just that. I'll stick with lifting all things and doing this Paleo+milk diet for the next 6 weeks, probably 2 months, and see where it takes me. Thanks for the comment, Timmy.
  12. Thanks, Paul. That's why sometimes I get confused by my body. I feel good, and when I look at myself in the mirror, I think I look good enough. But when I take pictures of myself, it almost always doesn't comes out as satisfying. And they say the camera does not lie... so I like to work on the "half-empty" assumption so I'd be motivated to work out harder, and even the camera won't be able to deny the change.
  13. Thanks, Amy. I'm doing Paleo + not-so-GOMAD. Hahaha. I'm trying to ease my way into GOMAD, so just drinking around 1/3 of a gallon now.
  14. Hahaha, I like that: "eat and lift all the things". Yep, I know I won't be seeing results instantaneously. Better stick to one then. I wish it was morning here, with the gym having just opened and no other people in sight, but alas, I'm on the other side of the world, where it's evening and people have driven in flocks to the gym after work.
  15. Thanks so much for the warm welcome, AngelBlaidd! Yes, I think I'll pop over to that section of the forums to see what advice I can get. This seems like a great community.
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