I just bought a home gym last night. I think it's primarily for some weight training. It has a bajillion workouts... I started getting a workout with it last night unloading it from my car and putting it in my basement... This whole rig must be over 1000lbs. I felt like I was towing a boat when I had it loaded in the car. Anyway, I don't know squat (no pun intended) about working out, I just know that I need to because my job makes me sit around too much all day and it makes me depressed. The machine's maximum is 225lbs. It has wieght plates that slide up and down two rods, and you secure more or less plates with a pin through a center rod. I got all the original paperwork with it, and it's in nice condition, just dirty/dusty from lack of use I guess. Before I start benching 220 and flexing my six pack at the pool, what are some ground rules to working out? I recall from high school, one was to do different muscles on alternating days because muscle required 1 day rebuild time. But I've forgotten and just never knew a lot of stuff (I know I can google this stuff, but sometimes it's good to hear Ck5er's opinions); -The best times to work out: Morning before work, at night before bed, or evening before lounging around and watching tv? -How long should I work out particular muscles? Til I can't go on, or set a standard # of reps? Should I do 3 sets, or one set in the beginning and work up to more with weight increases? Is the point to tire and wear down the muscle? -Working out every other day, about how long should I expect to stay on the same wieght set? I'm not in a rush, just wondering if it will take a month or a year to reach the gym's max wieght. -Which should I blast while working out? Metallica, Celine Dion, or Waylon Jennings? -Should I eat before or after working out? -Yes, I will buy a book. Any recommendations for an ultra-beginner? My objective is to reduce fat and get fit. After that I want to build muscle mass and stamina, but I'm not really looking for big body building. I still can't afford clothes... I've already altered my diet (again). I'm starting out with 3/4 cup of oatmeal in the morning, baby carrots for snack throughout the day, a yogurt and .5 sandwich for lunch, with whatever my wife cooks up for dinner. I'm avoiding Burger king and that crap (which I've never been big on anyway). Is there something I should add to increase the workout efficiency? Spaghetti? This is one of my life goals. Mostly because I'm a horrible procrastinator. When I was a teenager, there were several things I wanted to do in adulthood that I have been putting off for years. This is one of them, and I'm psyched to finally be doing it. Also, anyone have any thoughts on sterilizing hand grips?