shocklocks wrote:all I have access to in reguards [sic] to strengh [sic] training is the bowflex in my parents house and free weights
Stick to the free weights.
shocklocks wrote:Maybe after I start my summer job i'll be able to buy some material to set
[up a chin-up/pull-up bar] outside in my flat but until the semester ends i'm
stretched enough cash wise as it is
The nearest children's playground should have a number of bars that you could use. E.g. the top support beam of a swing set.
shocklocks wrote:What method is "set accross"? [sic]
The weight and reps are held constant across all sets.
shocklocks wrote:My plans are to work up to 5sets of 8reps
3 sets of 5 reps is optimal for the primary barbell exercises. Assistance exercises are performed at slightly higher reps for no more than 3 sets.
shocklocks wrote:this summer is going to be the first that I plan on doing auctual [sic] strengh [sic] training
In that case you'd be much better off following Starting Strength and acquiring a membership to your local university gym. Membership is usually quite affordable for students.
shocklocks wrote:my body is unfamilar [sic] to the correct form for alot [sic] of the exercises. For that reason I wanted to start (at least for the first month) with a program that allowed me to focus on form more then effort
Exercises should be learned with the empty bar before weight is added.
shocklocks wrote:the advice to split it up into 3days twice a week exercising different muscles came from the fitness guide in the bowflex manual.
Machines from infomercials won't make you big and strong. Barbell training will.
shocklocks wrote:I workout 6days a week it's easier to find time to do 6exercises in a day as oposed to 18
Given that you're a complete novice you only really need five. The squat, bench press, (overhead) press, power clean and deadlift. Even then you'll only be performing three of these per training session, and training three days per week, not six.
shocklocks wrote:if theres any links/advice you could give on a more effective routine i'd deffinitely [sic] appreciate it.
Get your hands on the book Starting Strength by Rippetoe & Kilgore. It explains in detail how to correctly perform the exercises mentioned above and lays out a novice training program that is unparalleled in strength and mass gains. Seriously.
These are not substitutes for reading the book but you may find them informative:http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQhttp://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Power
Note: I've made the assumption here that because you want to get big and strong you are going to take up barbell training.