Re: Health & Fitness for a 16 year old who's into self-improvement?
Body weight exercises are going to do nothing for you at your current weight. Since you're younger your body in a natural growth state. Your Testosterone levels are very high, and if you go into the gym you will see rapid improvements. The key is to go into the gym armed with knowledge. Most important aspects for you right now:
1. Hit the gym and focus mainly on compound exercises (i.e., deadlifts, front and back squats, bench press, shoulder press, etc.)
2. Get your diet in order. You need to be running a calorie surplus. I would imagine if you're hitting the gym you're going want to be eating AT LEAST 2500 to 3000 calories per day and make sure you hit your macro nutrient levels too. Get at least 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body mass.
3. Don't do constant state cardio. You're too lean to be doing constant state cardio and will work against your goals of gaining muscle mass.
When you get into the gym, start small. Don't do more weight than you can handle. Your first few weeks will be embarrassing, since your muscles will need to get used to the movements and it takes time to create those neural pathways and twitch responses. But don't let it embarrass you. Everyone in the gym started somewhere, it's better that you start now than wait.
Last edited by KristiBell; 04-21-2013 at 05:24 PM.
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