Great insight. I remember first starting out and I had it all wrong. Over the past year I've learned a lot and have seen tons of progress. I've even passed on my knowledge to friends who were making the same mistakes as me when I was a beginner.
04-17-2012, 07:46 PM #361
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05-04-2012, 11:41 PM #362
Can I just say that, as a beginner, there is a lot of conflicting information out there. Everybody has an opinion and sometimes it's hard to sift through the bull****.
Let me also just say that, following this basic guideline of keeping it simple, compound exercises, and lots of food, I've packed on almost 10 lbs in a little over 3 weeks, and I've never weighed over 130 in my life.
05-06-2012, 09:40 AM #363
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06-09-2012, 06:04 PM #366"There is no reason to be alive if you can't do deadlift"
-Jón Páll Sigmarsson
06-11-2012, 12:12 PM #367
I've been training for about 3 months or so, started out with a simple FBW for about a month, then moved onto different muscle group training. Probably not the best idea come to think of it - not seen much improvement at all. Which workout would you suggest for someone in my position?
Edit: if you're interested, this is my current workout.
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06-24-2012, 10:42 PM #372
As a beginner even choosing a template to follow is not as easy as it may seem. A solid routine must meet an individual's needs based on many factors such as; the equipment available, time, fitness goals, current physical condition, etc. I was getting discouraged while trying to find a basic plan for myself and I didn't understand how I could tweak it to make it work for me. After a lot of reading I was able to piece it together and I'm MORE motivated because I helped create it.
It would be great to have ......
1) a place where people cold post and critique routines, and 2) a beginner's routine in a format that allows for some customization
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07-26-2012, 08:54 AM #378
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08-01-2012, 01:28 PM #379
I agree with you. As a beginner I've taken this advice to heart and plan to follow, without any alterations, the beginner program stickied here on the forum because I've seen enough anecdotal evidence to be convinced.
I will air a grievance of mine, though, that perhaps a lot of other beginners share.
I'm a pretty rational-minded-person. I enjoy solid quantifiable facts backed up by solid data.
I purchased the book, "Starting Strength" and the first sentence I read was something like,
"PHYSICAL STRENGTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE. THIS IS TRUE WHETHER WE WANT IT TO BE TRUE OR NOT. AS HUMANITY HAS DEVELOPED THROUGHOUT HISTORY"
Skipped ahead to the next chapter and read the first sentence:
"TRAINING FOR SGRENTH IS AS OLD AS CIVILIZATION ITSELF... THE GREEK TALE OF MILO..."
I've found that there's lot of this useless philosophical fitness rambling in a lot of "fitness blogs".
I think a lot of beginners like myself might get frustrated by this and attempt to just make their own routines. Because in any other scenario, saying the kind of stuff I posted above is an instant "bull****" flag in my brain.
That's why I enjoyed the stickied beginner routine here. Straight to the facts.
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09-19-2012, 06:18 PM #385
Im not sure if anyone still updates this thread but obviously some of the links to the first page are dead. I have found a new link for the Bill Starr/Madcow 5x5 routine taken exactly from the original site before it went down. Unfortunatly i dont have the 50 post count to post links.
stronglifts .com /madcow /index.html
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09-24-2012, 08:45 PM #388
I started lifting with K gethin 12 weeks hardcore..dropped from 23% bf to 13% since i wasnt liking the shape i was getting i left at 10 week, directly to Stoppani's Shortcut to size got some muscle bf is now 14% and i feel good with it, question is..since i feel like im still a begginer, should i go back to Fullbody routine or just keep going into BB programs to see what's best for me?
Sorry if this is already on some page or post
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