Hey everyone! My name is Parker Trivison. I'm currently attending FSU with a Business degree, and one day would love to own my own gym. In high school I wrestled and played football. I've also played everyother sport imaginable, but I've played football for 14 years, until I broke my leg my senior season. When I was in H.S. I was about 140 to 145 lbs., and was in the 1000 pound club in bench, deadlift, and squat. I looked better than ever…..That all changed when I broke my leg and got SERIOUSLY depressed, and ended up graduating at a meesly 110 lbs. I was anorexic and looked aweful. I went to a bodybuilder and got a meal plan and 5 day sigle body part workout program after my broken leg. I also got addicted to cardio. Now as a sophomore in college I'm OBSESSED with working out and I know I severly overtrain and OBSESS about food to where it's the only thing I think about. My goal in joining G.U.P. is to get back to my H.S. day when I was eating what I want (not worrying so much about protein, carbs, and fat) and get my stregth back. So if anyone would like to help me…or just give me some good references, I would greatly appreciate it!
Everyone here would love to help you out in whatever way we can but how about you tell us where you are so we can better understand your goals, your history, etc etc..
Cheers and I look forward to reading your response.
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Welcome. Thanks for joining and ditto on what he said. I can relate to what you have said so far as my history is not so very different. Like Wolf said you will need to let us know more specifically what your goals are but the sense I get is that you simply need more efficiency and less obsession in your life. In which case you've come to the right place.
I know I need to stop obsessing, but it's kinda hard to because I've been doing it for so long. My goal is definitely to put on muscle, while keeping my BF% low. I know I've read numerous articles that you will if you want to gain weight. I also go to the gym and lift, just about everyday. I sometimes go twice, and if I don't go I feel like the day was worthless…I get moody and I used to not be like this, but I guess its taken over my life, it seems. I mix it up everytime I go to the gym, and maybe that's my problem. I maybe mixing it up too much and everytime I go to the gym I feel like I have to do some types of cardio, whether it's the row machine, the elliptical, or the treadmill. Also when I go to the gym I've read you should get in and get out, but I go so much balls to the walls that I'm unfriendly to some of my friends. My rests are veeerrryy short, even when I do 6 reps, and I go to failure EVERY time. Should I not go to failure?? Is there a good workout routine that I can workout everyday without Over training because I know I'm overtraining becasue I can hardly sleep at night, and if I sit for 10 minutes I pass out. If anyone can help….Thanks!
Not sure what you want help with. That's a hodgepodge but it seems like that, reading between the lines, you already know what you are doing wrong. It's like you picked every cliche 'bad gym habit' there is an put it in there. In the past when someone has complained of being "obsessed" and I tried to help them they have usually come back and asked me why I am making such a big deal out of there post. So, if you will take the time to prioritize your questions and list them out starting with the one that is MOST important then you can get some answers.
Otherwise the answer is to do the Seinfeld thing where George does the opposite of everything he would normally do!
I'll go ahead and answer some of the easier questions.
1. No, you should not go to failure on every exercise all the time. But being that you brought it up you probably already know that.
2. Yes, mixing it up every time you go to the gym is a problem. You will not gain strength or muscle with "random inputs" or stimulus. Except I'm not sure if you meant you just mix up the cardio or your resistance training is the same. With cardio mxining it up is not a big deal. And it can be a good thing. You do not need to do cardio every workout.
That's about the best I can do because you switched gears in every sentence your wrote and I really am not sure what you are asking most of the time.