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SpawnSC 02-05-2008 03:07 PM

I need some input please
I would like to start gaining muscle thats my goal, im at 165 lbs 5'10" so i'm at my average weight for my height. I'm not fat but just average. I would like to see you all input on what the best workout for me will be. I don't have the money to put towards a gym at the moment but I do have a barbell and dumbbells with changeable weights :weights: And I might be able to get some other equipment depending on the cost..

I thought about starting on the Ripptoe and then moving to the 5x5 like most of you been recommending to others. But I would like to know if the equipment I have will work for most of these workouts in these programs?

I do have ON Whey Protein and I can get other supps if need be. Should I workout in the first month and then bulk or should I start bulking along with my workouts?

Thanks all looking forward to your in put.

iron_worker 02-05-2008 03:28 PM

Signing up for a gym would be much cheaper then buying the weights you'll need to workout. What does a gym cost there ?
You can get deals around here that give you the first 3 months free and then like $40-$50/month after that etc. I would think that would give you a good start. There are usually good student deals as well if that applies to you.

As for bulking, its generally a process of getting an excess of calories while you workout to ensure your body grows. So yes, you workout and "bulk" as you call it. I would call it all one process.

Read the how to bulk sticky.

The rippetoe is a very good program. I started with that this year and its taken me pretty far. Check out my journal in the journal section if you want.


EricT 02-05-2008 03:33 PM

The weights pay for themselves and are MUCH cheaper in the long run. For home use you do not need expensive gym quality equipment since one guy using it is much different than what goes on in gym. Good and sturdy though of course.

TALO 02-05-2008 03:45 PM

You can also try and pick some up from a secon hand shop.

SpawnSC 02-05-2008 04:00 PM

here is a photo my my lumpness lol

Yeah I would think owning the equipment would pay off in the long run because you will always have it.

EricT 02-05-2008 04:02 PM

Yeah you're not going to be renting to own the gym.

SpawnSC 02-05-2008 04:03 PM

oh and ignore my scars :) thats from when i was 9 years old (im 26 now) the doctor messed up on my appendix operation and I almost died :( got a infection and all. SO i'm happy to be a live!

TALO 02-05-2008 04:24 PM


Originally Posted by Eric3237 (Post 47988)
Yeah you're not going to be renting to own the gym.

Sure would be nice :biglaugh:

SpawnSC 02-05-2008 05:36 PM

yeah it would! lol

so whats everyones thoughts?

EricT 02-05-2008 09:23 PM

You could modify the basic Rippetoe template to fit what you have. Or an upper/lower setup.

What exactly DO you have? No bench I take it.

You will eventually need a good squat rack. One with multiple height settings would be best. That will give you MUCH more versatility. A bench to go with that.

Meanwhile for back squatting you will be limited to what you can safely get overhead and onto your back unless you find another way. Also, between sets you will have to lift it up each time....not ideal by any stretch of the imagination. And no safety spotters.

Front squatting would be more doable. That is like squatting with the barbell in the clean position of the clean and press so cleaning the weight kinda sorta makes sence anyway :). But when you get to the big numbers you will want a squat rack for that too. But the good thing about front squatting in this case is that if something goes wrong you can just dump the weight.

You can use the dumbells for single leg squat variations. That will do very well for you and is always a good choice. If you are primarily interested in size anyway then you'll certainly get leg size. Step ups, static split squats, back leg elevated split squats -> bulgarian split squats, reverse lunges, dynamic lunges, walkindg lunges...

There are other type of squat variations available. Old fashioned hack squats, zercher squats..

Deadlift and deadlift variations.

You have all sorts of power moves available. Dumbell snatches are a good start. A very good start. Hang cleans, power cleans, snatches.

Overhead pressing with the dumbells. Floor presses with dumbells if you don't have a bench (barbell would be hard to get into position). Pushups of course. You can do military or push press with the barbell but you will have to get it off the floor and clean it up for every set. I used to do that all the time anyway.

Obviously barbell rows and dumbell rows are open to you.

This is just a little bit of what you can do with a barbell and some dumbell.

Not to mention if you have something like a pullup bar that adds some options.

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