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    looking to become toned, six pack etc.

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    Hi all,
    I am a 20 year old male,
    Im 6ft in height, weigh 11st10-12 stone, does vary.
    Im quite broad, not a skinny person.

    Basically looking to tone up, and acquire a six pack.

    People "rave" about protein shakes.
    I do weights, i do exercise etc.

    What do these protein shakes do, and what sort of exercises do i need to do? THINGS I CAN DO AT HOME! I am not a member of a gym as yet, so home things preferable.

    DO protein shakes just bulk you up or what?

    Information appreciated.

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    Sit ups or an ab cruncher to get a six pack.

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    lol imaginitive h4te :-D

    just dont turn in a muscle bound meat head i cant speak for all women but i dont like all them muscles poking out everywhere with a little ding a ling (:lol:)

    seriously if you just want a six pack then try sit ups i used to do 25 every morning when i was younger and i looked pretty buff sadly i dont have the time lately and ive just had a bubba but yeah sit ups will give you a good toned stomach - if you do them correctly x♥x♥

    robtallica;3453166

    lol imaginitive h4te :-D



    ITT :lol:

    Push-ups are also a great way of getting a good shape, good 'n natural too.

    I do them, make you feel real strong - and look better.

    http://www.tastyisland.net/images/primo_beer_6pack.jpg
    Here's the only 6 pac you're ever gonna get!
    ...sorry couldn't resist!

    Agree 100% with ilovepink and robtallica - combination of Sit ups and press ups are extremely good

    From what I have read there is 2 paths - bulking up and losing weight. You obviously want to the former without putting on excess fat (everyone's ideal world). I would try and do 3 lots of non cardio work a week with 2 days of cardio if possible. Do you have any dumbells or barbells? Diet plays a big factor as well - you would be surprised. You can let us know....

    Situps are a waste of time if there is a layer of fat over them;-)

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    t1nker;3453276

    Situps are a waste of time if there is a layer of fat over them;-)



    I do have dumbells yes.
    Diet my diet is good, try to eat fruit as much as its available to me, ive cut down on bread a lot lately.
    Alcohol in proportion.

    What about these protein shakes?
    What do they do? Do they work?
    Etc
    IS it worth getting any?

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    I would check out the above website. It's pretty good and has regular informative chat in the Forums

    jizzm;3453287

    I do have dumbells yes.Diet my diet is good, try to eat fruit as much as … I do have dumbells yes.Diet my diet is good, try to eat fruit as much as its available to me, ive cut down on bread a lot lately.Alcohol in proportion.What about these protein shakes?What do they do? Do they work?EtcIS it worth getting any?




    Have you tried to increase your protein intake through what you would normally eat. Apparently you need to try and get protein in your diet about every 3 hours (obviously not when asleep!). Protein shakes are just an easier way of doing this.

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    t1nker;3453320

    Have you tried to increase your protein intake through what you would … Have you tried to increase your protein intake through what you would normally eat. Apparently you need to try and get protein in your diet about every 3 hours (obviously not when asleep!). Protein shakes are just an easier way of doing this.



    I havent really thought about it like this.
    Every 3 hours, that is a lot.
    Could you not end up putting on lots of weight by having them?
    Ill have a look, can you point me in the direction of what i need to do?
    Because in muscle terms im lost, with all this "sets" malarky.

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    My bet is that you don't eat enough protein regularly through the day.

    Some protein shakes can be expensive as well.

    Eggs are a pretty cheap way of increasing your protein intake.

    Try and get a look at the website above and you should get what your after..

    let us know how it goes

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    t1nker;3453350

    ]http://www.menshealth.co.uk/Fitness-&-muscle/muscle-building-food-high-protein-food-muscle-building-supplements/210457/v3My bet is that you don't eat enough protein regularly through the day. Some protein shakes can be expensive as well. Eggs are a pretty cheap way of increasing your protein intake. Try and get a look at the website above and you should get what your after.. let us know how it goes



    Thanks for that link, might nip up the shop and start tomorrow haha.
    Im not really fussed about the price of them.
    Do you have any sort of exercises that i SHOULD be doing.
    Your probably right about the protein.

    jizzm;3453349

    I havent really thought about it like this.Every 3 hours, that is a … I havent really thought about it like this.Every 3 hours, that is a lot.Could you not end up putting on lots of weight by having them?Ill have a look, can you point me in the direction of what i need to do?Because in muscle terms im lost, with all this "sets" malarky.



    I think it's quite easy although it does sometimes take a bit of cooking/ planning to make sure that you have something to eat/ drink (that's probably why protein shakes are so convenient).

    it all depends on your body type - there are people who struggle to put weight on and there are people who can put weight on quite easily. It's a bit of trial and error but eating 6 times a day is actually better metabolically.

    I'll try and post a workout...

    I have a layer of fat over me
    So if situps are a waste of time what should i do?

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    I am in the process of losing weight (stone and a half in 9 months!) and once I have lost about half a stone more, I will probably do some weight training to build up some muscle.

    After doing LOTS of research on Google and various forums, the best way for beginnners to start "toning up" seems to be "Starting Strength" - [url]www.startingstrength.net[/url] - People swear by it and I've seen some pretty incredible results in some photos from skinny - to very well toned.

    Just do a Google search on it and you'll find LOADS of webpages and books. With a set of weights and barbells it's something you can easily do at home

    Sit up is the obvious but to show a six pack, you need to diet to loose the layer of fat between your skin and the abs. iirc I believe the proper term for the diet is 'cutting'.

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    Okay will check it out.
    Is running a good way of toning up also?

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    DanJackson;3453433

    I am in the process of losing weight (stone and a half in 9 months!) and … I am in the process of losing weight (stone and a half in 9 months!) and once I have lost about half a stone more, I will probably do some weight training to build up some muscle. After doing LOTS of research on Google and various forums, the best way for beginnners to start "toning up" seems to be "Starting Strength" - [url]www.startingstrength.net[/url] - People swear by it and I've seen some pretty incredible results in some photos from skinny - to very well toned. Just do a Google search on it and you'll find LOADS of webpages and books. With a set of weights and barbells it's something you can easily do at home



    Have you got any links, to the photos from what people went from to become?

    jizzm;3453438

    Okay will check it out.Is running a good way of toning up also?



    It's pretty good at burning fat. Instead of going out for a longer run sometimes try intervals - where you would run for 1 minute (or so) then jog slowly for 1 minute and repeat. Try and build this up, running for longer distances each time.

    Can you swim?

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    t1nker;3453488

    It's pretty good at burning fat. Instead of going out for a longer run … It's pretty good at burning fat. Instead of going out for a longer run sometimes try intervals - where you would run for 1 minute (or so) then jog slowly for 1 minute and repeat. Try and build this up, running for longer distances each time.Can you swim?



    Okay sure.
    I used to swim nationally competitively when i was 14/15. So in answer to that question yeah.

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    jizzm;3453463

    Have you got any links, to the photos from what people went from to … Have you got any links, to the photos from what people went from to become?




    Sorry not an a public forum, no. I am a regular over at forums.somethingawful.com and they have a big sub-forum there dedictaed to helath, exercise etc. That's where I saw them. But it's $10 to join up to SA

    jizzm;3453506

    Okay sure.I used to swim nationally competitively when i was 14/15. So … Okay sure.I used to swim nationally competitively when i was 14/15. So in answer to that question yeah.



    Excellent - If I could swim, I would probably try and do this rather than running (and I like running). Could you build this into your weekly routine as it's an excellent all round exercise that's friendly on your joints.

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    t1nker;3453546

    Excellent - If I could swim, I would probably try and do this rather than … Excellent - If I could swim, I would probably try and do this rather than running (and I like running). Could you build this into your weekly routine as it's an excellent all round exercise that's friendly on your joints.



    Good idea, swimming has to be one of the sports that works all your muscles, twice a week swimming with other sports = sorted?

    Well its on really only a layer of fat when I sit down.. do you think this will affect?

    yo, im cutting atm at the gym and lost 5pounds, some1 said that situps are useless if there is a layer of fat, not entirely true, keep working them with sit ups, crunches, try planks, theyre probably the best o and leg raises, once u get good, try leg raises with weights attached.

    u need to cut the body fat from ur stomach and once its at less than 15% body fat (ideally u shud look to get it at less than 10%) u will b able to push through a 6 pack abdominals.

    i was using maximuscle cyclone whilst i was bulking but tbh u want to stop that whilst ur cutting which i guess u r if u want to lose a bit of body fat.

    hit lots of cardio, still lift heavyish weights just do more repetitions (10-15) so u keep muscular strength and endurance.

    in conclusion

    eat right and get good amount of sleep, keep going with cardio (maybe road runs if u cant afford gym) and lots of situps, planks, crunches and leg raises.

    With regards to the protein shakes, they are widely acknowledged to be a big help with bulking. A lot of these can taste awful, so I would recommend buying a small amount first to taste test. I go for the Body Fortress ones from Holland & Barret - they might not be the best protein % per pound, but I do like the taste. I add some to porridge for breakfast, and have a shake soon after a work out.

    Other diet tips I would recommend are snacking on chicken or tuna, on it's own or in a sandwich, and also cottage cheese - this is recommended to be eaten late as it's a slow releasing protein food. As somebody else mentioned, eggs are also good - frying them is ok as long as what they are fried in is low in fat.

    I find crunches work better than situps, try to get into a daily routine for these, but cardio is def needed if you have fat in that area. Good luck!

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    just bought the stuff to have a go at those shakes, so gonna give them a bash.
    WIll update this, and i will say if i notice difference

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    update, had the first 2 today, their great.
    The homemade ones taste niuce and you know whats in them.
    I feel better in myself etc.
    Been doing weights, situps, and a workout with the link provided in this topic.
    I feel stronger and healthier.
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