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Old 03-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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I know it's been brought up as a sidebar in a few places, but I'd like to hear what different opinions are out there regarding the question "Am I a beginner?"

Do you think it has to do with experience in training, the amount of weight a person is capable of lifting, whether they are still in their "linear progression"?

Let's hear some different views on what you think seperates the beginner from intermediate.

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A beginner is someone still learning how to eat and lift to maximize gains. They haven't reached their stride yet, and are still trying to figure out how to do both in a manner that is efficient.

At some point in time, when a beginner has established a quality track record of making consistent gains, they enter that late beginner/early intermediate stage.

Intermediates, to me, are the mucking years. A lifter knows what is required, and rides these years out until soft walls are hit. They listen to their body, and learn to evolve their training.

I know many intermediates and even late intermediates who do not grasp proper form, so while I would like to include that in my definition, I hesitate because it's not a requirement to get big and strong.

In my opinion if you are doing it right, you can exit the beginner stage as early as 6 months. BruteForce and T-Bone are good examples of these types of lifter. They "got it" right from the start, stayed with a program, didn't hunt for magic, and made quality first year gains. (There are many other examples on the forum)

On the other hand, I see many lifters who've been at it for years who are still beginners. This can happen for many reasons. Usually a big reason is trying to hit too many goals at the same time, not allowing much strength and muscle to be built.
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His is a great explanation to be sure, but the goal is to see what various thoughts are out there rather than make a definite answer.

How about you Brad? How does your mind define the beginner?
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His is a great explanation to be sure, but the goal is to see what various thoughts are out there rather than make a definite answer.

How about you Brad? How does your mind define the beginner?
True true.

Its hard for me since I'm not a power lifter so i don't worry about the weight but what i would consider a beginner would be someone who has to learn what a "diet" is or just amount of food/timing and what types of foods do what. A beginner would be someone who doesn't know that you can't lift every body part everyday.

i personally don't think a "beginner" has anything to do with how much you lift or what kind of movements you can and can't do. Just the base which is diet and just getting in the gym and doing a body part a day, just something simple to follow.

hope that makes sense.
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