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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-10-2008, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Oh no, I'm not that worried about gaining some weight. I still have some fat I could burn off and all that. I just don't want look like a hulking bodybuilder. I'm only about 5'6 tall, so I don't think that would look good at all. I also want to fight later on so I want to have more of a "fighter's" physique and strength while keeping my current size. 5 pounds or so is alright for me. With the fat I lose and that small amount of muscle I gain I should probably stay at around 70kg/155lbs which is what I want.

I, of course, also want to remain pretty flexible. I do yoga once a week.

I drink a low carb protein shake after or before every session. How will this effect my size?
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-10-2008, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by wukkadb View Post
Why is that?
The typical beginner doesn't have the strength & power to lift heavily enough to gain muscle right off the bat. Instead of trying to over-do it why not aim for endurance with the lower weights, do it with correct form, and work your way up?

Many new lifters try to impress others by overloading the machine with too much weight that they lift incorrectly or struggle to put up. If you lift lightly and correctly then you're assuring yourself a foundation in a sense.

Of course you're going to raise the weight when the weight becomes too light (ideally when you're able to reach 15 reps or so).

That's the way I started when I first became interested in this field. Doesn't mean it's the only and correct way to do things. Each person should use the method that works best for him/her.

I assumed he had little knowledge by his first post so I told him what I'd think would be most effective for him.
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