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  • New to darebee - could use some help starting out

    Hello!

    My name is Pedro, I'm 20 years old, and I want to start to workout for real. I have joined some gyms before but I just end up giving them money for nothing as I almost never went (the effort of preparing your equipment, towell, sandals etc and how long I had to walk to get there would be a total moodkiller) so I decided to train at home due to the fact that I wouldn't have to go anywhere, if I felt to I could just start training imeadtly. So here I am!

    So I was wondering if you experts could help me out decide the best program/exercises for me.

    I used to consider myself as a "normal guy" which means I wasn't fat but I wasn't toned either but in this last year I've realized I'm starting to get fatter especially in the area around the belly button (lower part of belly on the sides near the waist) and I'm not growing fond of it.
    I'm also very weak. I can only do around 4/5 pushups 100% well done, maybe even less so I don't have much muscle.
    My daily diet is also not very healthy as I tend to eat lots of cookies and soda.

    So my goal here is to start eating healthy, lose the fat I gained and even more if possible and become strong: create, grow and tone muscle everywhere (arms, chest, back, abs).

    I have shared a picture of how I look at the moment so you can see what I'm talking about.

    I hope you guys can help me out start as I'm really hyped to become healthy, strong and attractive.

    Cheers!

  • #2
    You really can't go wrong starting with the Foundation program. If you're willing to do some running, though, you may find 30 Days of Change useful. As you seem to be in a middle ground between fit and not so fit, you could also consider 30 Days of HIIT. Ultimately, though, you want something that will motivate you.

    As far as things like push-ups are concerned, the site's challenges should fit the bill nicely to get you going on that front. Upper Body, Push-up Ladder, and others will push you to your limits, sure, and you may not succeed at every day, but if you keep at it, you will find yourself adapting and getting far stronger than you expected. I can speak from experience on that, given that less than a month ago i thought I was struggling with 14 push-ups in a set, only to find out in the last few days that I can do 25* before I reach failure.

    Welcome to the Hive, and to your fitness journey. May the path be long and fruitful.




    *That would be the first set in a series of to failure sets.

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    • #3
      Hey, hello Pedro. I would like to help, but first i need to know:

      -goals (stuff like "im excercising to some day do 50 pushups")
      -done stuff in the past? (Sports, conditioning, running)
      -do you have access to weights (sandbags, dumbells) or access to a pullup bar or stuff like that?

      If you reply i will give you a cookie (the fitness one!)

      .... And the help you need

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      • #4
        pedromatt ... welcome to The Hive, the Social side of DareBee.
        It seems to me like you are correct in your judgement that you are less "fat" than "unfit".
        So ... you may want to start out with the Foundation Program, starting out easy moving to semi-tough.
        This program will minimize your incidents of DOMs, or even injury, and get you in the habit of working out daily!
        And ... what's the thing with not liking to walk? Walking is good for you! May not tone you the way you might like, but ...
        I walk. Every day. I set up targets for those walks. Go to buy tea. Go to buy bread. Go to mail letters.
        My average walk is over 5,000 "paces". That's over two miles ... maybe not huge, but I'm 71! 71 years YOUNG!
        Talk with us ... we'll help you keep it going.

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        • #5
          Hello!
          Personally I started with Hero's Journey here, because it was a long and motivating overall fitness program. I already had some fitness background by that moment, but you always can make things easier by modifying some exercises. Speaking of nice and easy programs, there're also Athena's Playbook and Totals. Totals seems perfect for those who train spontaneously, so it'll work for you I believe. You just do it throughout the day in many short sessions. I did 2-4 days in row in one session as I'm quite experienced already (I'm 2 years into fitness at the moment)...
          If you're not fit at all you really better start with Foundation. Also I'd recommend you to try out Daily Dares. They are just awesome and will help you find your weak spots. And strong ones too of course.

          Go on, you're on the right way!

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          • #6
            One more for Foundation. It might be a bit too easy for you, but it allows you to get into it and also try some DDs or daily workouts.

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            • #7
              First of all I'm astonished by how great this community is! I wasn't expecting this many quick replies and offers to help, thank you guys!


              Originally posted by wjs View Post
              You really can't go wrong starting with the Foundation program. If you're willing to do some running, though, you may find 30 Days of Change useful. As you seem to be in a middle ground between fit and not so fit, you could also consider 30 Days of HIIT. Ultimately, though, you want something that will motivate you.

              As far as things like push-ups are concerned, the site's challenges should fit the bill nicely to get you going on that front. Upper Body, Push-up Ladder, and others will push you to your limits, sure, and you may not succeed at every day, but if you keep at it, you will find yourself adapting and getting far stronger than you expected. I can speak from experience on that, given that less than a month ago i thought I was struggling with 14 push-ups in a set, only to find out in the last few days that I can do 25* before I reach failure.

              Welcome to the Hive, and to your fitness journey. May the path be long and fruitful.




              *That would be the first set in a series of to failure sets.
              Thanks for the tips, and yeah, I'm willing to do some running, at this moment I'm willing to do whatever you guys think it's the best for me according to the goals I said in my post so if you think I should do that, I will!
              I was also hoping for some meal advices if you have any experience in that!

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              Originally posted by Another random guy View Post
              Hey, hello Pedro. I would like to help, but first i need to know:

              -goals (stuff like "im excercising to some day do 50 pushups")
              -done stuff in the past? (Sports, conditioning, running)
              -do you have access to weights (sandbags, dumbells) or access to a pullup bar or stuff like that?

              If you reply i will give you a cookie (the fitness one!)

              .... And the help you need

              ​​
              ​​​​
              Hey there and thanks in advance for the help!
              My goals are pretty much what I specified in my post: to lose fat (especially that one I grew this last year around lower belly) and to grow and tone muscle (I'm kind of weak, around 4 perfectly done pushups is my limit)
              About my stuff in the past, I've never done any competitive sport but I do often play football (soccer if someone is american) with my friends. Even now I still play every week.
              At the moment I do not have acess to anything but if you think it's a good investment let me know! I'd like to start with exercises where I don't need any material though otherwise I'll probably postpone the workout and end up not doing anything.
              Expecting my fitness cookie now! ^^


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              Originally posted by DaithiMeyer View Post
              pedromatt ... welcome to The Hive, the Social side of DareBee.
              It seems to me like you are correct in your judgement that you are less "fat" than "unfit".
              So ... you may want to start out with the Foundation Program, starting out easy moving to semi-tough.
              This program will minimize your incidents of DOMs, or even injury, and get you in the habit of working out daily!
              And ... what's the thing with not liking to walk? Walking is good for you! May not tone you the way you might like, but ...
              I walk. Every day. I set up targets for those walks. Go to buy tea. Go to buy bread. Go to mail letters.
              My average walk is over 5,000 "paces". That's over two miles ... maybe not huge, but I'm 71! 71 years YOUNG!
              Talk with us ... we'll help you keep it going.

              Well hello there sir! Thanks for your advice and kudos for still working out and helping out the younglings here! It seems everyone is on the page about the Foundation training so I'll probably start by that!
              A great load of thanks!


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              Originally posted by Simmy Kerell View Post
              Hello!
              Personally I started with Hero's Journey here, because it was a long and motivating overall fitness program. I already had some fitness background by that moment, but you always can make things easier by modifying some exercises. Speaking of nice and easy programs, there're also Athena's Playbook and Totals. Totals seems perfect for those who train spontaneously, so it'll work for you I believe. You just do it throughout the day in many short sessions. I did 2-4 days in row in one session as I'm quite experienced already (I'm 2 years into fitness at the moment)...
              If you're not fit at all you really better start with Foundation. Also I'd recommend you to try out Daily Dares. They are just awesome and will help you find your weak spots. And strong ones too of course.

              Go on, you're on the right way!
              Hey there!
              Thanks for your help and about the fitness thing I play football every week, but that's only around 2 hours of intense exercise so I wouldn't say I'm fit - but I'm also not a complete slack, I have some stamina! But as all of you are saying maybe the best really is to start on that Foundation program. I believe my weakspots are going to be pretty much everything related to strength. I really need to grow muscle and become strong.
              Again thanks for everything!


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              Originally posted by Ulli View Post
              One more for Foundation. It might be a bit too easy for you, but it allows you to get into it and also try some DDs or daily workouts.
              Hello and thanks for your advise! Yes, it seems everyone is advising foundation so I'll probably start with that! Got any meal tips though? I really want to give the full tryhard to get fit!
              Thanks again!

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              • #8
                Take a look at challenges section - they can help you tailor your workouts to specific goals you might have and it always helps to start a challenge and a program simultaneously.
                As far as nutrition goes - check this page for full try hard or this for more casual dieting.

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                • #9
                  About meals: What´s your height and weight? Do you want to loose, gain or keep your weight?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by J3ster View Post
                    Take a look at challenges section - they can help you tailor your workouts to specific goals you might have and it always helps to start a challenge and a program simultaneously.
                    As far as nutrition goes - check this page for full try hard or this for more casual dieting.
                    Thank you!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ulli View Post
                      About meals: What´s your height and weight? Do you want to loose, gain or keep your weight?
                      1.78m and 76kg
                      I really have no idea because it's not the weight that made me realize I'm not fit. It's really the more fat than muscle. I don't want to be super big, but I want to grow muscle

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                      • #12
                        For your overall health, no matter your weight or fitness goals, you'll do yourself a HUGE favor by cutting out the soda. Start there, then eventually drop the cookies too, except for special occasions.

                        Other than that, some good advice already. Good luck!

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                        • #13
                          Ok, so you don´t have to worry to much about calories.

                          Yes- limit cookies and soda. Try to focus on healthy food- fresh, quality meat, avoid processed food. You don´t have to stick to a strict diet- you are young and not overweight. So just go step by step.

                          Good breakfast: Full fat joghurt mixed with milk, sugar/honey/anything sweet, oat flakes, piece of fruit or dried fuit, maybe a handful of nuts. Plus a glass of juice, you can also add water/tea/coffee.
                          I am not good with cooking and have to watch my calories- so others might have better advice for lunch and dinner.
                          Snack: Fruit, joghurt, nuts, protein bar (selfmade or commercial) yes- also small amount of cookies.

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                          • #14
                            Welcome to the Hive pedromatt!

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