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Old 08-14-2011, 12:39 PM   #11
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It's extremely important to build a good foundation of strength right at the beginning, even if your goals are purely aesthetic. This is because that foundation of strength will make it much easier to build the mass you want in bodybuilding. If your chest is lagging, it's much easier to build it up if you can bench 300 than if you've never worried about strength and can't bench 200. Much of bodybuilding is trying to fill out the things that genetics have made a bit smaller than everything else, so a bodybuilder would be folly to neglect strength completely.

Add that to the fact the beginners usually aren't ready for the high volume normally asociated with a traditional bodybuilders workout, along with the fact that a beginner doesn't yet know how their body reacts to different types of training, and you'll understand why we say that a good beginners routine works for a number of different goals.

Don't over-think your routine. In golf we call it "paralysis by analysis". Find a good, respected beginner's routine, and give it enough time to do it's thing. You'll learn much more about yourself by sticking to a routine than you will by switching around.
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It's extremely important to build a good foundation of strength right at the beginning, even if your goals are purely aesthetic. This is because that foundation of strength will make it much easier to build the mass you want in bodybuilding. If your chest is lagging, it's much easier to build it up if you can bench 300 than if you've never worried about strength and can't bench 200.
Excellent post.

I remember reading a comment from Kim Chizevsky, former Ms. Olympia, about the flexing the weight and feeling the muscle. She said when she first started training she had no muscle to flex and found it hard to really concentrate on isolating anything so she just trained heavy. She said the heavier she trained the more mass she built and the easier it became to finally be able to flex the weight and feel the muscle. She recommended that to everyone.

The honesty of the statement made so much sense to me even though I had only just started training at that point. Looking back now, almost 12 years later, it's one of the most sensible comments by a mainstream bodybuilder i've read.
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She said when she first started training she had no muscle to flex and found it hard to really concentrate on isolating anything so she just trained heavy.
I guess this would apply to me.
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