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


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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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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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Go to the gym at your school/college.

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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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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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!

 

Could not agree more. I think sometimes people make the mistake of thinking working out has to require fancy equipment/expense. Right now I own workout clothes, really good sneakers (one pair, a few old pairs), an exercise band, a DVD that I use a few times a year and I have a workout room in my building and use the treadmill. If I didn't have the treadmill I'd do all of it outdoors with the DVD being for those days when it was impossible to get outdoors (and I mean really impossible - at a level of danger as far as weather conditions or where I was unable to workout during safe hours). If I wanted to do strength training I could do that outdoors too - for one thing our park has that sort of equipment or I'd buy inexpensive hand held weights to start. Also I walk outside on hills when I can plus run up and down steps leading to our jogging path. Certainly trainers, gyms, equipment are options for working out and exercise just nowhere near essential.

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