Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
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I've been doing a full body 5x5 program for about 6 months. That's 5 sets of 5 reps. You find a comfort zone/weight that you can lift push or pull 25 times by the end of the routine - lasting an hour. I found this was a good and healthy way to find reasonable weights for all my major muscles. Some stations or exercises can go with higher reps, and I mix them in. You'll find what you can and can not do and that's a natural limiter. A 5x5 program is very good for building muscle mass so long as you consume enough protein. Keep up your research and don't overdo anything, not any weights and not any food groups. Moderation is key, so is patience. A word of caution - stay away from heavy weights on any leg raise machine - it can damage the channel your kneecaps moves on laterally.
Moderation, patience, consistency, clean diet. Also, try to work in pullups and pushups, these are two important exercises as evidenced by the fact that 2 branches of the military use them as their sole measure of fitness, one branch uses one, an the other branch uses the other. I think it's the marines and the army. I forget which ones uses which.
Stay injury free, because some injuiries last a lifetime. Protect your knees, it's so easy to eat up that cartiledge. Careful with the shoulders too.