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ABBH for Beginner?


Would the ABBH Chad Waterbury Program be good for a beginner? I'm not so much a beginner weight lifter as I am a beginner to Waterbury's programs(they seem quite efficient!)

I am 19 years old, 6'4 and 200 lbs and have been lifting(not seriously) for about 2 years.

I have ok gains, but I overtrained most of that time without a good program, hence I turn to Waterbury's programs.

I have a high calorie diet, anywhere from 3500 calories on reg days up to 5000-6000 calories on twelve hour work days.

I seem to hurt my back everytime I try deadlifts, so I'll either work on form or find a replacement exercise(any ideas?)

My question is this, is ABBH a good program for a begginer to try, or should I do another of Chad's programs?

Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you!


ABBH is a beginner program.


Yea, it's more of a beginner program, but also works great for beginners who think they're intermediates.


How do you know if you're a beginner or an intermediate?


duh.. you have to be a level 23 lifter to get to intermediate...


argh, one more level to go then


its always the hardest one!


I'd start off with the Bill Starr 5x5 first then move on to ABBH later on