Well that is true ..... to an extent. An olympic bar is a very good investment, that is if the OP is actually serious about getting into "shape". Sadly the majority of people that start in the gym give up after a short period. At the end of the day the equipment is not the main factor, not even close.
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If OP does opt to invest in barbell equipment, bumper plates are needed. Deadlifting with small (diameter) plates means you're overextending your starting position. If you're deadlifting without deloading the weight every rep, you're missing a lot of the strength benefit of doing DEADlifts in the first place.
As a P90x fanboy, I'll have to point you in the direction of a little program we like to call. P90X!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't need a ton of equipment, you can do it without any until you wanna step it up which is a plus. Modify the workouts til you can keep up with the video. Follow the meal plan as much as you want.
I got some amazing results, results that probably could have been a lot better if I followed the meal plan, but I got what I really wanted out of it. Toned, ridiculous stamina, hard abs. My before and after pix speak for themselves. Ugh, fanboy is shining. I'll stop now.
You now stand before the Countess.
http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961 is a youtube channel that Scooby runs. He mainly aims at home workouts and therefore would be relevant to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW0lK3b7zhA is a program he has to get someone to 100 pushups.
Hope something here helps
I fail fail fail. I work bloody hard at the gym, but I get sore as hell and always lose interest after a week. How do you guys keep up motivation?
Set a long term goal and establish short term objectives to reach that goal. Don't let a missed goal put you in "failure mode." If you start telling yourself negative things because you didn't add 5 lbs to your bench that week, you'll start on a slippery slope. Instead take failures as learning opportunities and fix the problem. Goal specificity and how you train is also a key thing. Are you a cyclist? Then it's probably not helpful to your goals to be doing 5x5 heavy squats series. Are you a basketball player wanting to increase your vertical? Get crackin' on those dynamic leg workouts and stop doing so many curls for the girls, bro.
Nutrition is the hardest thing to stick to, in my opinion. You can go walk on a treadmill for 6 hours a day, that's not hard at all. The hardest stuff is what you do outside the gym. Making good food decisions is also habitual and depends a lot on will power and your environment. If your pantry is full of twinkies and chips, guess how many wrappers are gonna be on your desk by the time your raid is over?
Then there's always this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpMit8SpqRA
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Pros of jogging: removes fat from all areas of body / don't need anything to do it, just maybe a nice pair of jogging shoes and an ipod for luxury.
My advice is don't worry with other exercises until you've lost the weight, otherwise your body will not be in shape enough to enjoy the effort you're putting in with other types of exercises.
If you can't do pushups, honestly try, just keep trying, you can build up the ammount of pushups you can do in a duration of time very quickly, you just need to do it daily, even if it's 5 pushups and thats it, awesome! do 5 an hour.
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Is your goal to be athletic or a blown up bodybuilder?
Scatter trap is the most ghetto CC in this game. "We use our CC to use our other CC."
Make it your goal. After a month you WANT to go the gym. Some people may even get addicted to endorfins which are released on hard training.
You just have to survive first 2 weeks.
I loved P90X In college. You can get a good workout with minimum equipment, he's motivational without being annoying (okay he's annoying at times but it's more funny than frustrating) and it mixes it up so you never get bored. I don't buy into the "muscle confusion" stuff...it was run because it was always evolving.
If you want something with less impact you could try yoga. Don't need a class/instructor, there are tons of guides online and video you can rent/dl/buy. Overtime you grow stronger and a good routine will work your whole body.