I have just joined bb.com and need some training advise.
Hx-I am 53 years old and I joined a gym in Aug.2009 and totally changed my diet to limited amounts 100% whole wheat, low carbs-lean protein(chicken breast), steamed veggies, no sugar, very low fat(1200 cal a day). I have lost 47 lbs., lowered cholesterol and BP to normal-off all meds! Yea!! I am 5'4" and started at 204 lbs and today weigh 156. I have been doing cardio(treadmill and spin) 3 days a wk and a "body Works" class (1 hour total body low weight class) 2 days a week. I am ready to go to the next level and want to build more muscle. I have been so amazed at the muscles that I can feel now and want more. I am highly motivated to increase muscle mass and be leaner.
O.K. the reason for my post is that I do not know where to start. I work best when I know the rules! I am intimidated by the machines at the gym since I do not know the proper use of them or what weight to start with, what body part to work and when, etc. I see some very fit women at the gym and they are always in the free weight area, so I am not sure if the machines are the best way to go. Can anyone advise?
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