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Old 05-14-2010, 09:58 PM   #10
Kyle Aaron
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I send BendtheBar posted at the same time as me and said the same thing in a different way

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Originally Posted by kman025 View Post
nice... according to what your saying im no longer a beginner....
Don't know your bodyweight, or your row or overhead press - but probably not a beginner, no.

A "beginner" is someone who actually can add weight, reps or sets in every session. Once you get in the range of those lifts that becomes a lot more difficult. A "beginner" is someone who will do best with a simple workout of 3-5 exercises working their whole body a few times a week; once you're no longer a beginner, assistance exercises and split routines may be useful.

But also, once you're no longer a beginner you have to decide what your particular goals are. Getting to that strength level will benefit you whether you're planning to be a bodybuilder, powerlifter, sportsperson, want to get to a healthy bodyweight, or just want to not tear biceps changing the bed one day, or have a constantly sore back. Or maybe you'll just be happy to maintain that level.

Excepting particular health or postural issues, all beginners are going to train pretty much the same way, with basic compound lifts and adding weights, sets and reps in every session. Past that, what they do depends on their specific goals. And those goals might change once they get there. For example, not many people walk into the gym for the first time wanting to be powerlifters or bodybuilders or sportspeople. But once they've experienced good strength and fitness and seen their physique change...
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