Okay, the ESPN Page2 thread mentioned an assload of newbies possibly coming here, which made me cringe.
I cringe because I hate hearing these awful weight lifting programs consisting primarily of tricep kickbacks and bicep curls.
However, I also cringe because I know I was stupid once too.
Soooo, I thought it would be fun to hear what your first situations were with weight training. What equipment did you have, what type of workouts did you do, in the very beginning?
For me, it goes like this:
Age 12-14: Push-ups, Lateral Raises, Bicep Curls and Sit ups, every singe day, while watching either Rocky I, II, III or IV
Age 15-16: A horrific home gym set up of an incredibly lame multi-station and get this... a fucking Smith machine. Yes, I got my parents to buy me a Smith machine for home-use. And yes, I'm embarassed to admit that.
Anyway, workouts were composed of every exercise that you should be doing with a barbell, done on the smith machine instead. Oh yeah, and I did have a barbell with 400 pounds of weights, which sat on the floor behind the Smith machine, and was never used.
Age 17-18: Finally got into a real gym, and started doing Muscle&Fitness workouts. Thank God I actually respond well to high volume, because I miraculously did make some gains there.
Age 19-current(23): I am the most well educated weight lifter in the whole world and I lift perfectly now, and I know everything there is to know... until I learn something new tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and I manage a gym that I have completely to myself every night of the week after I close it. I've come a long way.
I'd love to hear where some other T-Nationites have come from...