@ general, I tried squats today, but couldn’t hold the bar without feeling like I was going to tip over backwards. I’m practicing seated squats, without any weights, making sure my feet stay flat all the way down.
I gave the hack squat a go today, and that gave me the shaky sewing machine legs for a couple hours after. Does anyone recommend certain squat lessons for beginners?
Getting your mind and body wrapped around the squat can be the most daunting task for a beginner, just don’t give up. Keep the weight reasonable until you get the form down, then load up like there is no tomorrow.
(I find pulling down on the bar & my hands in close to the body keeps my back tight, and due to my body structure, I do a bastard type good morning to keep the bar in line. I also put steps behind me to mark depth. It is just below //. Squat down controlled slow till my ass touches, and explode up, well as close to explode as possible…)Give this a look:
Squats & Deadlifts should be the main focus of your life for the foreseeable future. You should be at low enough weights, and eating enough to do at least one twice a week the other once, and the other twice the next week and the first once.
Personally my Dead shot up, and squat came slow, then my dead slowed and squat shot up, now my dead is moving again and my squat is lagging. Just keep getting heavier, JUST KEEP ADDING WEIGHT TO THE BAR.
And to whoever said it, they are right. You don’t need to read about a million programs yet. It honestly is as simple as:
1: Lift heavy shit (Note the word heavy)
2: Eat a lot of dense food
Also, as it was brought up. There are A LOT of good things to be said about focusing on strength in the beginning. I hear it called “building a foundation”. You can’t get stronger without bigger muscles and vice versa, and as a beginner both will come fast. So work with weights you can lift 3-8 times. Push your CNS to see were your limits are now, take an extra rest day, and then push it again. Make that fucker adapt to you, not the other way around.
Don’t be a pussy, keep upping the weight and your beer belly will fade away soon enough.
Oh, and good job with going with beef. If you do this lifting thing right, 4oz won’t even be an appetizer in 3 or 4 weeks. Ravishing hunger will consume you, and then you must still eat more. Eating big is harder than lifting big IMO.