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Whats My Goal?

i’m a beginner and i’m trying to figure out strength training goals. should someone start with specific goals or should they build a general foundation first?

What are the different schools of strength training?

Start with program design 101 by Mike Robertson.

Heh, nice name.

I’ve heard it said that when you achieve bodyweight for bench and squat and 1.5 x bodyweight for deads, that you’ve achieved a basic level of fitness.

I may have it wrong with respect to deads vs squats, I’m not entirely sure.
Anyhow, just realize this is something you’ll be able to do for a lifetime. Set some reasonable goals, and adjust them as you get more experienced.