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Thread: I want to start strength training, but i don't have a gym membership

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    I want to start strength training, but i don't have a gym membership

    exactly as the title says, I've heard many fitness gurus and forums tell me that strength training is a great way to build lean muscle mass and lose weight. I would like to strength train, but i don't know where to start. I don't know of any gyms near me, nor do I know if I'd be allowed to use their equipment without a membership. I know the basics to weight lifting (I learned it through P.E. class of my freshman year), and I think I'd know what to do if I was simply in the right environment with the right equipment, I just don't know how to access it.

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    Buy some hand weights and look up some youtube videos.

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    Also resistance bands are great.

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    There's plenty you can do for strength training and even hypertrophy with bodyweight exercises while you save up for your own equipment or a gym membership.

    But to get more in depth on your case in particular, per your previous thread you're self-described as "very fit" already, so I highly doubt your body will allow you to both gain muscle and lose fat even as a newbie, especially if you're eating at a deficit and engaged in something like 9 hours of aerobic activity a week. You can gain lean muscle and in essence lower your body fat percentage without losing fat, but you'd still have to be willing to take on a calorie surplus. Gaining muscle isn't easy, particularly for women. You need to have your head on straight nutritionally and to get into the game for the right reasons.

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    Incorporate your strength training with cardio workouts which are very important for fitness and weight loss. Also, clean up your diet.

    No pain no gain.

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    Go to the gym at your school/college.
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    nor do I know if I'd be allowed to use their equipment without a membership. I know the basics to weight lifting (I learned it through P.E. class of my freshman year)

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    You need a gym if you are serious......you would have to spend thousands to get good gym machines. Dumbells won't work for the most important part, your legs.

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    Perhaps look into bodyweight exercises, as well as the above excellent advice. Best of luck!

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    Go with body weight training and you can build your own workout equipment and i also did bodyweight training and saw real results check out frank medrano did his work outs and i became pretty good and its been 3 years now and i stopped doing the work outs and lost a little bit of the muscle but still look fit and still got my strength.

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    Just start with push-ups, squats, calf raises, etc... build some base muscle while also incorporating cardio. You don't need a bunch of fancy equipment to get in to shape! And the right environment is the one you are in! Just do it!

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