Hardcore Comments Off on Beginner’s Question'Where do I start? I want to start to get in shape, but do I need to wait until I lose the fat? What exercises do I do to burn fat, without machines and in my home? Thanks for having this site, it makes me want to go for it!'Thank you so much. I am glad that I inspire you to get into good shape. The first thing that I would recommend to you is to join a commercial gym, since I've found that those who do are more apt to stick with training those who do not. If this is not an option, then I would advise you to try to get at least a good piece of cardio equipment for your home, so that you are able to do cardio. Now, if this is also not an option for you, I would recommend that you start out jump-roping for 20 mins 5x a week to get you started. Once you have mastered this, then you would increase it to 30 mins, 40 mins, etc, all the way up to one hour. After 2 weeks of just doing pure jump-roping, I would add some bodyweight exercises such as pushups, floor dips, and crunches. Do 15 minutes of these exercises before you begin your jump-rope session. This will help add some muscle to your frame, which is very important for increasing your metabolism. The most important aspect of losing bodyfat is your diet. You want to eliminate starchier, complex carbs like breads, rice, potatoes, pasta, and replace them with beans and greens. So, instead of having grilled chicken breast with a potato, you would have grilled chicken over a bed of mixed greens. Instead of having a plate of pasta, you would have grilled tilapia with a small side of red beans. Remember - replace your complex, starchier carbs with 'beans' and 'greens,' ok?Also, you should eliminate all sodas and juices, endeavoring only to consume water and tea, preferably green tea, since it aids in fat loss. It goes without saying that you need to avoid processed, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar foods such as potato chips, cheeses, desserts, and the like. I hope this helps, and gives you a good starting point for your fitness odyssey. If you have any followup questions, do not hesitate to ask.