I’m glad! If I may offer my experience…

I started lifting weights in October of 2015. I had never thought much about lifting beforehand. I asked a few people – my father, a family friend, a few others – about their experience. I can’t say quite what inspired me. But, I resolved to start a regular exercise routine.

So, I purchased a notebook, an app on different lifting techniques, borrowed a book on lifting, and was able to borrow two 15lb weights.

I still remember my first day exercising. I resolved to day as much as I could, with a decent amount of comfort, because I knew that if I did too much work, I would drop the process entirely. That first day, I did two well-formed pushups, 38 well-formed crunches, and a ten-minute walk, no weights yet. It was enough so that I got something out of the process, but that I still had the will to exercise the day after.

I soon transitioned to a bit of lifting. It started with maybe one set of curls, some push-ups, some crunches, jumping jacks, and a decent walk. I wrote down everything I did – every exercise, every rep, every set.

Today, I still have that notebook. I still write in it daily. I give myself a day off once every three or so weeks, on average. I started out not really knowing what I was doing. Today, however, after more than a year, I have specified everything down to the single rep, and am in the process of slowly raising weight on my biceps (and company) and muscles governing the deltoids.

If you have any questions about lifting, or just exercise, please feel free to message! It’s more about exercising, after all, than being able to lift a certain amount of something or the other.

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Also, in order to truly sculpt a muscled look, it will take a while. It takes months for the body to “get the message” that it’s supposed to be building muscle. I would say that it takes a good two months to see any results, six months to get remarks, and a good year before starting to look like someone that others would compliment you for. Finally, supplements really only are important if one’s a professional bodybuilder or a professional sports player. Otherwise, eating healthfully, staying hydrated, and being productive overall, will suffice.

From Arnold to you:

My routines, built up especially for me and according to me, are very solid. I have three different routines, targeting a specific set of muscles, in turn:

  1. Biceps, brachialis, brachioradialis
    1. four sets of curls
      1. 30lb weights
      2. 15-20 reps
    2. four sets of hammer curls
      1. 30lb weights
      2. 15-20 reps
    3. four sets of barbell curls
      1. ~70 lbs
      2. 15-20 reps
  2. Anterior deltoid, posterior deltoid, pectorals, triceps, trapezius
    1. two sets of tricpes extensions
      1. 30 lbs
      2. up to 12 reps
    2. two sets of Arnold presses
      1. 30 lbs
      2. up to 12 reps
    3. two set of diamond pushups
      1. my weight (too much!)
      2. up to 12 reps
    4. two set of dumbbell pushups
      1. my weight (again, sadly burgeoning)
      2. up to 12 reps
    5. two sets frontal raises
      1. 30 lbs
      2. 40 reps
    6. two sets shrugs
      1. 30lbs
      2. 150 reps
  3. obliques, abdominal, trapezius, general leg muscles
    1. two sets flutter kicks
      1. my weight
      2. 80 reps
    2. two sets every-other heel touch
      1. my weight
      2. 80 reps
    3. two sets pulse-up
      1. my weight
      2. 80 reps
    4. two sets v-up
      1. my weight
      2. 80 reps
    5. two sets dumbbell side raise
      1. my weight and 30lbs
      2. 100 lbs
    6. three sets rollback
      1. my weight
      2. my weight