Some advice for young guys?
I’m 47 years old, been doing this since I was 15 years old, and I have a few things to tell you about taking care of your joints for the long haul, and lifting in general.
Stick to compound movements, I know this is said over and over again on this site but it is the most basic truth for any lifter at any age. Compound movements exercise the largest number of muscles in the least amount of time.
If it hurts to do an excersise STOP don’t do it, no matter how much someone tells you that you need a specific movement to develop muscles in a specific area, you aren’t going to develop any muscle in a given area if you injure it and can’t train!!!
Perfect Form in excercises. Put your ego aside and forget about how much weight you lift in any given movement. USE PERFECT FORM!!! What good is it if you manage to cheat a 400 lbs. bench up and hurt yourself in the process and can’t lift for weeks after. Sure go heavy, but NEVER let the form go to get the weight!!
Forget about any magic bullet type supplements, I’ve seen hundreds of supplements come and go on the market, each claiming to be the end all in muscle gains. Pure BS!!
Eat a clean diet and get a gram of protein per pound of body weight use your BCAAs during and after you lifts. Maybe some vitamins and as you get older, digestive enzymes. But don’t ever feel like you are missing anything if you haven’t got the money for the latest greatest supplement out there. Don’t worry it will pass and there will be another on the way to replace it.
Keep your workouts simple and achievable. If you plan a workout that takes you 3 hours but can only find the time to get it in once a week what good is it? Plan lifts that you can complete in a reasonble amount of time and can do them successfully everytime you get in the gym.
Warm up and stretch before you start and do your least favorite exercises first. Even if you don’t think that you need the stretching now, just make it part of your routine and get used to doing it, you’ll thank me in 20 years from now if you do.
Also I use my least favorite exercises as a follow up to my warm up, and get them done first and save my favorite exercises for last. Reason is that I’ll blow off the exercises I don’t like (calves and abs) if I leave them until the end of the workout.
- Read T-Nation and anyother sources of information about what you are doing (lifting weights), no matter how much you learn there is always more to learn and apply. AND if you don’t understand something then ask, there are plenty of really good people on this and other sites that will help you if you ask!!
That’s about it, good luck and happy lifting.[/quote]
As previously stated, this really is a very good post. This sums it up very well.
OP, put this into practice and you’ll be ahead of the game.