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Old 03-22-2006, 08:27 PM   #1
Andrew G. Greenberg
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my dilemma:

my weakness is ME stuff. i am still a little, weak man. that's what I want to work on the most.

BUT, I have the following problems:

Only have 100 pound barbell at home
School gym sucks for multiple reasons -- crowded and people stare
Grad student = broke

Does anyone have a similar experience?
What should I do?

Suck it up and go to the school gym?
Suck it up and spend money on 300 pound weight set

Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:09 PM   #2
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I say find some off-peak hours to go to the school gym and show the gawkers what fitness really is. Second to that, get a sandbag.

If your college experience is anything like mine was you need to save your money for food. However I wasn't in grad school and I was married. Still, I think it applies.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:57 PM   #3
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I'm with Chris. Suck it up and go to the gym. If you want to get stronger, you'll need heavy weights. I think it comes down to you making a choice. Which is more important to you, getting stronger and reaping all the benefits that come with it, or not being annoyed by crowds or being stared at? BTW, from someone who's been in gyms for 17 years, you're probably not being stared at as much as you might think.

Do a search for ME black box or get the Performance Menu issue 3 from Crossfit Norcal.

I definitely know what it is to be in your shoes. I was a small kid growing up and hated being weak. That's why I got into lifting. Changing my body really changed my life. I can't encourage you enough to make the same changes. Remember that very few people walk into a gym for the first time a strong person. Almost everyone in any gym has walked many miles in your shoes. So have most of the folks on this board. Get after it, brother!
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Hey Andrew,

I don't fully know your situation but when I was in school I made great strength gains(size too) with pullups, pushups, dips, and sprints. This was on C-grade cafeteria food too. If you don't have the equipment or lots of weights then really push the intensity factor even more.

Personally, if your school gym has the equipment you need then I'd go and give it hell. Don't worry about onlookers either. If they have time to worry about what you're doing then they're not training very hard.
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:25 PM   #5
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Sandbags and rocks are cheap

chances are if you do some heavy deadlifting and squatting in the gym you'll have the gear all to your self, most people are too busy doing curls and bench!
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:54 PM   #6
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Hi Andrew,
If you're feeling a bit intimidated by the crowds/stares (and who hasn't at some point?), go during off-peak hours. That's what I did a while back after a long hiatus -- it was nice to build back my confidence with minimal distraction.

These days, I couldn't really give a crap if people are staring (even if I'm just working on form with an empty bar). I just tell myself they're probably just envious :lol:

And as Don said, the squat/deadlifting equipment is usually free, unless of course you've got tons of people doing bicep curls in the squat cage.

Good luck!!
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:40 AM   #7
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Moving to Fitness.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:03 AM   #8
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Go to the gym. Get in the squat rack. Get some. Go again.

Do lots of bodyweight exercises, especially pullups.

Save your money.

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Old 03-23-2006, 08:20 AM   #9
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Get to the gym. Squat. Barbell Row. OH press. 5x5 of each. Go home. You've only exposed yourself to starring for ~20 minutes. Alternate that 5x5 with one of Deadlift, Pullups/chinups (with weight) and bench press.
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Old 03-23-2006, 10:19 AM   #10
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"20-rep breathing squats" are an incredible strength and mass builder.

The prescription is simple:

a) pick a weight you could have a nice, comfortable 10-rep set with.
b) squat it for 20 reps. Do NOT put the weight down until you are done.

The last 4 or 5 will be singles, with much heavy breathing and gasping in between (if they aren't, the weight was too light). You may think you are going to die. You may collapse at the end. You *will* be stared at.

And you will get much stronger, very quickly.

Do not do this more than once a week.

If you care very much about what other people think, you will probably never become very different from them.
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