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G’Day All,

I dont know whether this topic is better suited to the begginers forum but since i am a novice (only 2-3yrs lifting) I wanted to get some advice from u pros re: mistakes that u wish u had corrected sooner or techniques u shouldve adopted earlier.

I think its safe to say that we all have those moments after discovering something new where we go ‘shit!, if only i had started this a year ago imagine where i would be’.

Im thinking along the lines of things like;

-realising how much u need to stuff ur face
-tracking macros
-having a workout log
-getting technique downpat/compounds
-utilising supps to their max
-learning to be patient
-fretting about getting fat etc etc
-carbs

Yeah so would just be interested to hear some advice so that myself and any other newbies can avoid making or tips so that we are making the most of our hrs in the gym. What was ur epiphany moment in other words? haha :)))

-REVAN

[quote]TheRevaKnight wrote:
G’Day All,

I dont know whether this topic is better suited to the begginers forum but since i am a novice (only 2-3yrs lifting) I wanted to get some advice from u pros re: mistakes that u wish u had corrected sooner or techniques u shouldve adopted earlier.

I think its safe to say that we all have those moments after discovering something new where we go ‘shit!, if only i had started this a year ago imagine where i would be’.

Im thinking along the lines of things like;

-realising how much u need to stuff ur face
-tracking macros
-having a workout log
-getting technique downpat/compounds
-utilising supps to their max
-learning to be patient
-fretting about getting fat etc etc
-carbs

Yeah so would just be interested to hear some advice so that myself and any other newbies can avoid making or tips so that we are making the most of our hrs in the gym. What was ur epiphany moment in other words? haha :)))

-REVAN[/quote]

Always wipe front to back…keeps the poop outta your puss.

yeah well done -_-

To do more rotor cuff work. I injured my right one, fixed it but didnt pay much attention to my left one, as a result about a year later injured my left one, now I have rehabbed them, I make sure I keep on top of it.

Pre-hab instead of re-hab.

Training smarter and realizing that just because the pro’s do a particular exercise/style doesn’t mean that it will work for me. If I hadn’t spent the first couple of years dicking around with Flex magazine splits and not really doing compound lifts I can only imagine where i’d be today.

Live and learn though.

I obviously dont consider myself to be in the pro category but i am sure alot of people regret this one. Ego lifting. Cutting a squat high for a new “PR” or using momentum to row intead of your back(maybe this is just me) but since i lowered the weight i have finally developed somewhat of a back.

The weight you’re using doesn’t matter, the muscular stimulation you get from an exercise is what matters

In hindsight, I wish I would have started pre exhausting my chest before my main chest movements a lot earlier in my lifting career.

#crossthreadE-peencontestFTW

There are literally dozens of threads on this issue. Hindsight says: use the search function.

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
In hindsight, I wish I would have started pre exhausting my chest before my main chest movements a lot earlier in my lifting career.

#crossthreadE-peencontestFTW[/quote]

LOL!!!

[quote]myself1992 wrote:
The weight you’re using doesn’t matter, the muscular stimulation you get from an exercise is what matters[/quote]

qft

[quote]myself1992 wrote:
The weight you’re using doesn’t matter, the muscular stimulation you get from an exercise is what matters[/quote]

so how do you track progression then? I can BB row 135 or i can row 175, i can do 135 slowly and focus on the squeeze or i can do 175 still with decent form but not squeeze and feel the muscles working as much. I can always make a lighter weight feel “better” than a heavier weight, but then there is no progression and i find this difficult to understand. You could just walk in the gym and pick a random weight which feels right on the day and use that for your sets.

You still look for progress, just simply with the same form/quality of contraction is likely what he means. I do some ‘strict’ barbell rowing at times and focus on increasing the weight/reps/decreasing rest with the same form.

[quote]stinger70 wrote:

[quote]myself1992 wrote:
The weight you’re using doesn’t matter, the muscular stimulation you get from an exercise is what matters[/quote]

so how do you track progression then? I can BB row 135 or i can row 175, i can do 135 slowly and focus on the squeeze or i can do 175 still with decent form but not squeeze and feel the muscles working as much. I can always make a lighter weight feel “better” than a heavier weight, but then there is no progression and i find this difficult to understand. You could just walk in the gym and pick a random weight which feels right on the day and use that for your sets.[/quote]

Well, you will get stronger, but you will get stronger because you’re bigger, not bigger because you’re stronger if that makes sense. So while I may only be working with say 185 on bench but my max is let’s say 315, even if I’ve only been working with 185 I’m now doing more sets or reps or resting less between sets and I am now bigger than I was a while ago so if I were to test my max again I might be able to do 325. Hope that makes sense lol

[quote]myself1992 wrote:

[quote]stinger70 wrote:

[quote]myself1992 wrote:
The weight you’re using doesn’t matter, the muscular stimulation you get from an exercise is what matters[/quote]

so how do you track progression then? I can BB row 135 or i can row 175, i can do 135 slowly and focus on the squeeze or i can do 175 still with decent form but not squeeze and feel the muscles working as much. I can always make a lighter weight feel “better” than a heavier weight, but then there is no progression and i find this difficult to understand. You could just walk in the gym and pick a random weight which feels right on the day and use that for your sets.[/quote]

Well, you will get stronger, but you will get stronger because you’re bigger, not bigger because you’re stronger if that makes sense. So while I may only be working with say 185 on bench but my max is let’s say 315, even if I’ve only been working with 185 I’m now doing more sets or reps or resting less between sets and I am now bigger than I was a while ago so if I were to test my max again I might be able to do 325. Hope that makes sense lol[/quote]

You can strike a balance between the two. Not every single exercise you do has to be entirely focused on MMC, that can be secondary to strength on some. The goal is over time, gaining a greater MMC with every exercise you do by essentially implementing it as much as possible and refining your form on exercises to hit the target muscle groups as best as possible for you.

You can still add weight to the bar, and progress in that fashion, but that need not be the primary focus if you want to build a balanced BBing physique IMO.

For years I focused on getting my muscle to “burn” and got nowhere. I find this site, read the articles, start to implement “progressive” resistance then start to see some results. Then I hit the forums and everyone here says, “forget progression, drop the weight and focus on the contraction… MMC all day baby!” .LOL

Just thinking out loud…

No one is saying to forget progression