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Old 07-21-12, 09:34 AM  
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Need recommendations for strength for beginners.

Any good recommendations for a good total body workout that's 45min or less for someone new to strength training? I think they have dumbells and machines not a barbell set.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-21-12, 10:02 AM  
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Any good recommendations for a good total body workout that's 45min or less for someone new to strength training? I think they have dumbells and machines not a barbell set.

Thanks so much!
How about Jari Love's original Get Ripped. I know its rated Int/Adv, but if you go light I think it would suit a strength training newbie.

http://www.collagevideo.com/workout-...et-ripped-7450

or Kelly's Start Here

http://www.collagevideo.com/workout-...tart-here-6097
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Old 07-21-12, 11:45 AM  
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Tonya Larson has good options. Her workout segments tend to be short and she gives good form pointers. Pure Pump would be good for pure strength training. Power Stretch and Sculpt is a good combination of strength and stretching.

SparkPeople 28 Day Bootcamp is a basic workout and has good form pointers with modifier.

Tamilee's I Want That Body is a classic that has three segments (upper, lower, and abs) with really good explanations.
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Old 07-21-12, 12:02 PM  
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There are so many! Is it for a man, woman, couple, older, younger? Are modifications for health issues needed? What are the preferences for instructor: male, female, rock music, gentle intro, etc?
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Old 07-21-12, 12:41 PM  
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What I recommend to people just starting out is to try to get a copy of Tracy York's Shaping Up with Weights for Dummies dvd from their library. I think it's great for beginners. The prices on Amazon for this dvd are ridiculous.
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Old 07-21-12, 01:22 PM  
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I like this Kathy Smith workout, formerly known as Secrets to a Great Upper/Lower Body when on VHS. She explains each move, shows a clear demo, hits all of the major muscle groups, and it's not too long
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Old 07-21-12, 07:05 PM  
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I think Cathe's beginners workouts are good. Total Body Sculpting & Body Fusion are really good. Low Impact Step on the TBS dvd is good, too. I use these when I'm in a low energy slump. Oh, and High Step Circuit is good, too.
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Old 07-21-12, 07:35 PM  
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I'll second the rec for Jari Love's original Get Ripped. I've done it lots of times over the years, and it's always the one I go back to when I'm in the mood for weights. It's the reason I bought a barbell in the first place, and I find I really like working with a barbell.

The thing I like most about it is that you can increase your weights by quite a lot. (the man in the workout has what seems an enormously heavy barbell. I've never worked that heavy, but it is possible.) A lot of other strength workouts are paced too quickly for heavy lifting, so they aren't quite as versatile.

It's a well balanced workout that's totally doable for a beginner. Use light weights, or even just body weight. Doing it barefoot makes things interesting too. (Though I guess you'd better be sure you won't drop your weights, ouch.)

The only modification I make is to have my step stool handy so I can have something to hold on to when doing lunges. (I'd rather get my form right than worry I'm gonna fall over.)

KCM's Start Here strikes me as a good choice too, but I haven't had it as long, and certainly haven't done it all.
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Old 07-21-12, 09:04 PM  
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It's older but if you can find it, Karen Voights Get Firm Fast is good choice for beginners. I also think the For Dummies workout is good too.
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