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Old March 21st, 2004, 01:07 PM
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Need some Advice for a newbie/intermediate

Howdy Guys.....I'm sure y'all get these posts all the time, but I'm new to the board, but I'm a long time lover of the board. I'm 25 and I've been going to the gym for about a year now with a trainer. However, since these wonderful economic times in the US, I've had to let my trainer go and I have a small insecurity about going to the gym, especially here in San Francisco. I had no problem going to the gym when I had my trainer, as I felt that I had someone to talk to during the resting time as well as someone to help spot for me. I am actually looking for a training partner here in SF, who currently goes to Muscle Systems, who can help me along with training and what not.

Now, this'll be a bit long winded, so bare with me, I have had wonderful results with my trainer. When I started out I was 5'11" and 123 lbs, but I am now 150 lbs (which I think is great), but here is where the problem lies, I can't go over 150. I'm stuck at this weight. To throw a wrench into the works, I have low testosterone (yes I know, a 25 yo with low testosterone), and a high metabolism. Is there anything I can do to counter both of these, besides eating alot of protein, which I already intake alot!!!
My goal is to be at 165-170, or more, depending on genetics.

Any suggestions about where I can read or what can be done is greatly apprectiated. Drop me a line, or IM me if you'd like!!! Thanks in advance!!!
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Old April 4th, 2004, 01:22 AM
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I know that the SF gym scene is a socially stratified meat market. If you're really determined to work out, then don't let that stop you. If crowds intimidate you, consider working out at less busy times, e.g., early afternoon or late evening.

As for working out alone, it can be frustrating when you need someone to spot you. If you ask people around you for a spot, you may have a few refusals, but many people will gladly help. When I need a spot, and I cannot find anyone who looks like he can actually spot me, I use lighter weights with higher reps with free weights, and/or machines.

When I am worried about my diet for bulking or leaning out, I keep a food (intake) diary. I record what I eat, how much I eat, and when I eat it. I track how many grams of carbs, protein and fats are eaten. That information helps me determine if I'm eating too much or too little.

If you have a decent health plan, you could convince your doctor to check your testosterone levels in your blood to see if you need hormone replacement therapy. Even if your health insurance covers the blood tests and approves hormone replacement therapy, the co-pay amount for Androgel, or something similar, still may not be cheap if you're concerned about the expense.

Good luck,

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Old April 5th, 2004, 07:47 PM
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It's been I long time since I lived in SF (think first Clinton administration). However, somethings don't change very much, and I have a feeling my advice is worth the time it takes for me to type it...

SF has many great gyms (just like any large metropolitan area) and you need to pick the right one for you. I think you need to decide on what your goals are in a gym membership. If you want to primarily gain muscle, then I'd join a chain gym like Gold's, 24 Hour Fitness, Bally's, etc. If you primarily want to cruise, then a small, local gym in the Castro/Mission districts would be good (think Muscle Systems on Market St.)

If you go to the either type of gym, then you shouldn't worry about asking other members for a spot, as all other members are trying to physically improve as well. That gives you a perfect chance to talk to fellow members in your own gym. Those are the perfect workout partner candidates. It would be perfect if someone good responds through this forum, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Also, you may not be able to afford a trainer every time you go to workout, but most gyms offer an affordable program of meeting with a trainer a couple times a month. Then they can help you with your workout/diet, and show you how to do the exercises at a far lower price. A good trainer can help you with everything, but the testosterone problem. That you need a doctor for, and get one that will keep you swimming in it!

Good luck!

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