[quote]Clint Friend wrote:
Even though I’ll get flamed for this I don’t really care.
You are a mentally a beginner, so therefore you are a beginner because you lack confidence in both your lifts and programming. You should be confident in your ability to at least be above those just starting with cookie cutter programs like “Starting Strength”. You are not weak, and therefore you are not dumb or ignorant to things that work and the things you need to do to get better. You had to do things right to get to this level of strength.
In my opinion to go from beginner to intermediate, you have to understand you are not clueless and you are not weak. You have to have enough insight to see what worked, and what didn’t. When you identify what didn’t work, you have to be grounded enough to both experiment with new methods and not completely succumbing to it and losing your grasp on your own training methods. You have to be open enough to actually believe the new methods may work, and closed off enough that you don’t become a blind follower to a person because they got something right.
To me that is what no longer being a beginner is. Confidence and competence.
And an easier way to think about it is like this…would you rather be Frankenstein’s monster or Dr. Frankenstein? The monstrous product of someone else’s teachings and actions or the creator with untold potential?
Just my 2 cents[/quote]
I just re-read this the other day and I really appreciate your input. It really made me start thinking which isn’t always a good thing when I start thinking about training. While I progressed on SS it didn’t “feel” right doing someone else’s stuff. I didn’t feel like I was doing enough work. While what my normal workouts would probably get flamed as grossly “overtraining” (I hate that word/concept) it obviously worked for me. Even by most standards I was malnourished and not getting nearly enough sleep I was still progressing.
Your Frankenstein quote hit me like a sack of potatoes. Yeah, what I do may be unconventional and frowned upon by most of the “fitness” community, and may not be optimal, it still worked so fuck it.
I think I just read too much stuff on training and made me overthink everything way too much. I got overly concerned with the most optimal way to train. [/quote]
I’m glad what I said could have such a positive effect! You got from it what I hoped you would. In my opinion becoming a freethinker in the lifting world is the best thing you can do because you will figure out what’s best for you better than anyone else. You said yourself you think you read and think too much about lifting; you clearly have enough information stored up there than and you have the experience, so you’ll be able to de-engineer you’re old methods that worked and apply knew things you’ve learned since than to evolve yourself. Fuck going back and taking someone else’s square one path because you’re “supposed to” lol.
And if you are overtraining, you’ll figure it out yourself. You’re body will tell you and you’ll adjust. But until than for all you know you’re doing what’s perfect for you, so go for it.
And just looking back at Frankenstein… hey even he had to fail countless experiments before he could find the right “formula” to make his monster. He didn’t waste time and just sitting and thinking about that perfect formula, he went out, experimented, and evolved his methods. You’ll find your optimal way to train sooner or later lol
And don’t worry we’re all overthinkers whether we like to admit it or not.