Due to recent events unfolding with the forum, I recently had my thoughts on how some people take the articles and/or specific author’s words as absolute truths that should be followed as if it were religious text (I’m sure I can hear an “Amen” from Professor X).
I’m here to try to put an end to that, and round the newbies up, pack their bags, and kick 'em out of the house to the streets. Okay, that came across a little harsh, but what better way than to make them learn on their own-Hell, maybe even [i]THINK[/i] on their own! It’s a quite simple challenge for the new guys, too. Here goes.
[u]SHINE ON, LIGHTBULB.[/u]
Okay, new guy-you’re on your own. Right now you have no article to tell you anything. What do you do? Do you panic because you don’t have a program on specialized periodization (even though you’ve only been working out for two months)? No, you don’t. This is what you will need for the challenge.
-An illustrated strength training book, showing exercises, the muscles used, etc. I recommend Strength Training Anatomy.
-A gym that has a squat rack, a bench press, a pull-up bar, olympic sized barbell, olympic weights, dumbbells (10-60+lbs) as the minimum.
-A source to see how to do exercises that are listed in the book (whether it be video on the internet or a person in real life-just make sure each exercise is done correctly).
-A good split routine, with at least 3 exercises, 12 sets, and 8 reps per set per body part. Make sure to work chest, back, biceps, triceps, lower back, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, abdominals, and shoulders.
-If you are gaining muscle, eat around 20% more calories above the daily amount you need (you can figure out by knowing your daily calorie expenditure), making sure your diet contains fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources, and other whole foods.
-Do not make a routine without having squats, deadlifts, and a bench pressing in it. Stay consistent and work damn hard for five months (feel tired and like you can’t go on when you’re on the eighth rep? Do one more rep-it’ll pay off).
Once you have those six things, spend, at the minimum, 3 hours per week in the gym. Do this for five months, and then begin to apply special routines that you find in this website. Hell, by that time, you should be able to start Total Body Training, if you want to try it out!
I must not that this challenge IS ONLY FOR BEGINNERS with 3-5 months or less gym experience. After your five months of doing this challenge, feel free to post your pictures in the “Physique and Performance Photos”, because you worked damn hard to get where you will be at.
As for the vets, I’d love to hear you comments on this challenge-Did I go to far? Is it stupid? Did I leave something out? Need to take something out?
I can’t wait for the replies, and maybe the brave ones who actually do this.