Originally Posted by Fazc
Try to get away from the focus on "routines", no routine is magic and most routines you'll find here are sensible enough. You've just had a suggestion to do madcow, you have considered my 4 way split, the Reeves routine and full body routines. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. What makes these routines work is consistent hard work. Not just for a month or two, but for years at at time. Usually what seperates a large muscular weight lifter and a skinny beginner is at least 3 years of hard, consistent weight lifting.
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That's a hard lesson to get accross to people, but it really is the truth. You HAVE to pick a routine that you believe will work so you'll put in the effort. It can't be a silly volume type, split type, pro bodybuilder type routine, but so many of the abreviated routines will work wonders. It's all about the time, effort, and consistency you put into it.