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    first off i cant afford a trainer or gym membership but i have access to equipment. I'm a beginner to lifting (haven't lift since middle school) 135lbs trying to gain weight and muscle
    I need some advice,tips, HELP on lifting heavy (Squats, Dead lift, Presses) and any others you guys suggest... i was wanting to now how much weight I should start off with and how much should i increase it overtime?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brolic Prim View Post
    first off i cant afford a trainer or gym membership but i have access to equipment. I'm a beginner to lifting (haven't lift since middle school) 135lbs trying to gain weight and muscle
    I need some advice,tips, HELP on lifting heavy (Squats, Dead lift, Presses) and any others you guys suggest... i was wanting to now how much weight I should start off with and how much should i increase it overtime?
    Thanks!
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    I second Wanderlusts's recommendation. Rippetoe knows his stuff. It would also be helpful to have a training partner familiar with the lifts or failing that, take a video of you doing the lifts and post them here or on another lifting forum. Use light weights and progress very slowly until you have your form NAILED DOWN. It will pay off in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderlust View Post
    This x1000.

    Eat.
    Squat, bench, deadlift, press, and clean.
    Eat a lot more.
    Rinse.
    Repeat.

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    I apologize for the fact that nobody's said this yet, but Congratulations on making an awesome decision that will change your life.

    +1 on Starting Strength. Whether you buy the book or google the information contained therein, it's the program for you.

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    You might also want to pick up the SS DVD. You should definitely read the book, but the video gives you visuals you just can't get with the book.
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    Jim wendlers 5/3/1, progress slow, watch you tube videos on proper form.

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    Another option is StrongLifts- very simple and basic, no crazy math, no trying to figure out what your 1 Rep Max actually is.

    Start with the bar. Do 5 sets of 5 reps with the bar. Next time you do that exercise, add 5 pounds. Too easy. Videos all over youtube. Three exercises per workout, two workouts that you alternate.

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