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Old 11-18-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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I have never lifted before but want to get into it. Would starting out with kettlebells be a good move for me?
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Start out with simple bodyweight movements; body squats, lunges, back raises, chin-ups, push-ups, bar dips, sit-ups, etc. No sense lifting extra weight if you can't move your own bodyweight effectively..
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Start out with simple bodyweight movements; body squats, lunges, back raises, chin-ups, push-ups, bar dips, sit-ups, etc. No sense lifting extra weight if you can't move your own bodyweight effectively..
Great advice! Get yourself used to exercising and then work your way into the weighted routines .... Now, would be a good time to check out some of Btb's recommended reading material. ( Can be found here, on the forum) Get some knowledge and progress correctly. Best of luck to you.
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The muscle magazines do a good job of messing up your head. They make you believe that volume workouts are the only solution to muscle building, and that 5-6 day splits are the only way lifters have ever trained.

As a beginner, you owe it to yourself to read these books. They are classics, and are written by experienced natural coaches. These books promote simple, basic and effective training.

It is up to you how you train. We must all learn our bodies and evolve training to fit our needs. This thread does not exist to promote any style of training. It exists to educate you on mainstream training ideas that you may never have heard about.

Purchase these books, study these books and try the workouts in these books. They will help you much more then any muscle mag routine or article.

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The Complete Keys to Progress

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This was the list I was referring to.
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Wow after reading this it just turns things around for me. I always thought that in order to get fit and the defintion that I wanted I needed to work out and lift every day. Guess I will have to look into the material on this site to set me straight.
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If you want to work with kettlebells then the answer is yes; bodyweight is fine but there's nothing wrong with adding 20lbs to a squat (assuming the lighter KBs are used).
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If you want to work with kettlebells then the answer is yes; bodyweight is fine but there's nothing wrong with adding 20lbs to a squat (assuming the lighter KBs are used).
Is that a kettlebell in your avatar? I have never heard of them. Where would I find them?
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Is that a kettlebell in your avatar? I have never heard of them. Where would I find them?
Yes, that's an 8kg KB, I'm showing off lifting it with my little finger Not sure where, I assume you're in USA?? I'm in the UK, but some of the other guys could advise a little better...ebay, amazon etc as well as Walmart (maybe, not sure), exercise equipment shops will also generally stock them. Hope that helps.
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