The Intelligent & Relentless Pursuit of Muscle™
Beginners
 
Must Reads for Beginners!
 

cmillerpa
Level

Join date: Jan 2009
Location:
Posts: 6

Thanks. I'm glad to have someone just come out and say all this. I wont look as much like a fool at the gym.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

skaman343
Level

Join date: Dec 2008
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 7

Thanks for all these reads. Good information for starting

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

pottsie1986
Level

Join date: Jul 2008
Location: Ontario, CAN
Posts: 4

OMG The Best thing you can do for a Beginner is teach them how to create a basic workout routine for them selves! I had the most troubles figuring that part out. I thought my friend the personal trainer new what he was talking about and I figure something was wrong so I took 3 days of reading on this site and finally found what I was looking for.

There it is Read it ALL!

How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 1
How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 2

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

dw-drummer
Level

Join date: Feb 2009
Location: California, USA
Posts: 4

Great articles.I have not worked out for 5 yrs and getting ready to start again.I use to live in the gym but I quit because of personal.So now at 54 Im heading back.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Anbraxas
Level

Join date: Jan 2009
Location: England
Posts: 21

sugarbnr wrote:
awesome articles!! nutrition for newbies is really good too.


Couldn't agree more - found this site by accident last August, lurked around a bit and found Nutrition for Newbies, applied the principles contained therein; six months later, I'm down 30-plus lbs BF! Go Thibs!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

lloydk
Level

Join date: Feb 2009
Location: England
Posts: 142

Great stuff.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

SMSnake057
Level

Join date: Jan 2009
Location:
Posts: 1

Here is a question: I want to get in shape and look great physically, but currently I am unemployed and have no money, so going to the gym is out of the questions. How do I remedy this problem and do what needs to be done?

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

kobus62
Level

Join date: Apr 2009
Location: South Africa
Posts: 5

Hi TC
My name is Kobus,
I have recently joint a Biogenetics gym because of a problem in my back that is at times extremely painful, but since I have joint this gym things have been going better. But I need to lose tummy baby fat.

I go to the gym 3 times per week my program is designed to strengthen not to build. I have split my program so that I can spent more time on quality exercises I am trying to go every day but find my self only frustrated because of fatigue and pain. Because of this medical problem I am only allowed to do certain exercises.

For my tummy I use the abs sculptor doing 30 crunches one leg straight two sets each, and Mackenzie crunches and Romans chair.

Is there any other advice on diets and supplements?
Thanks

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

hiep_nguyen
Level 1

Join date: May 2009
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 4

SMSnake057 wrote:
Here is a question: I want to get in shape and look great physically, but currently I am unemployed and have no money, so going to the gym is out of the questions. How do I remedy this problem and do what needs to be done?


Try to Work partime job at the gym, you will workout free!!!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

onwards
Level

Join date: Aug 2009
Location: England
Posts: 61

gotta thank you guys, setting me on my way to a whole new body.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

WABWSM
Level

Join date: Jan 2009
Location: Georgia, USA
Posts: 22

awesome post man!!! I most definitely needed this article!

-Peace,except on the Iron.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

cato
Level

Join date: Apr 2010
Location: California, USA
Posts: 36

Incredibly useful. That addresses several questions I put off asking, because I figured they had already been answered somewhere. Many thanks!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Beast69
Level

Join date: Aug 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 40

Cheers for these articles, definitely very helpful and learnt from them even after almost 2 years experience in the gym.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

andrew_live
Level 5

Join date: Dec 2008
Location: Ontario, CAN
Posts: 2950

I just read the fist newbie article. .... Riddick is looking good these days eh?

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

andrew_live
Level 5

Join date: Dec 2008
Location: Ontario, CAN
Posts: 2950

I strongly recommend this being added to the list or at least stickied.

http://www.T-Nation.com/...ength_standards

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Fandango
Level 3

Join date: May 2009
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 509

andrew_live wrote:
I strongly recommend this being added to the list or at least stickied.

http://www.T-Nation.com/...ength_standards


This is an excellent strength chart.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

jkeating
Level

Join date: Feb 2010
Location:
Posts: 17

[quote]Okiebamaman wrote:
Im a lean 6ft4 (with a beer gut)






Lean with a beer gut?

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

talldude
Level

Join date: Feb 2011
Location:
Posts: 203

jkeating wrote:



Lean with a beer gut?


He meant to say skinny fat.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

CapnSass
Level

Join date: Mar 2011
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 1

The links to the articles are not working... could be my computer maybe. I'll try again later.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

OldTimer64
Level

Join date: Apr 2011
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 3

Nice! Makes me wish I had taken pics of my transformation from age 29 to 34! Very informative article - five stars!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

Dbol2482
Level 1

Join date: Jun 2011
Location: Alabama, USA
Posts: 31

Padilla7921 wrote:
I hope you don't mind, TC, but I'm going to post these articles also:

Nutrition for Newbies, Part 1
http://www.T-Nation.com/...e.do?id=1793585

Nutrition for Newbies, Part 2
http://www.T-Nation.com/...e.do?id=1795045

Supplementation for Newbies
http://www.T-Nation.com/...e.do?id=1852816

The 13 Super Stacks
http://www.T-Nation.com/...e.do?id=1930615

How to read and apply these articles:
1. Read the nutrition articles first, as they will gives you a crash course in everything you need to know right now. From there, build a solid diet using the information you obtained.

2. Next, read the supplementation article to learn about what each supplement does and how they function together with your diet. Remember, supplements are pretty simple, what they do is in their name: they supplement your diet.

3. Finally, read Shugart's article on the "Super Stacks." Figure out which recommended stack best fulfills your goals' needs.

Read the articles, learn from them, apply them to your life, diet, training, and even possibly religion, and you'll have yourself a solid foundation. Good luck.


Great advice here! In my opinion, the best advice I can give to someone just beginning their journey in lifting is to get a basic diet and fairly simple, easy to follow lifting routine and DO IT! One of the biggest reasons people dont see great gains when they first begin training is that they simply do not stick to a plan. You absolutely cannot see good gains if you are hit or miss with a diet and you flip flop lifting programs constantly. The best way to combat this problem is to read the great articles listed above, comprise a diet from that knowledge, lift weights, and REST. This is no new info. There is a wealth of knowledge from guys like Thibs, Go find it!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

turtledove
Level

Join date: Aug 2011
Location:
Posts: 23

SMSnake057 wrote:
Here is a question: I want to get in shape and look great physically, but currently I am unemployed and have no money, so going to the gym is out of the questions. How do I remedy this problem and do what needs to be done?


Get a job? Join a gym?

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

easyroller
Level

Join date: Sep 2011
Location: England
Posts: 5

Fandango wrote:
andrew_live wrote:
I strongly recommend this being added to the list or at least stickied.

http://www.T-Nation.com/...ength_standards


This is an excellent strength chart.



Thanks for this one, gives me some great targets to set my aim for!

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

lowey20
Level

Join date: Jul 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 16

Good to see some high quality info rather than the usual jargon being posted

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report
 

humorness
Level

Join date: Sep 2012
Location:
Posts: 2

Thanks for providing these resources. It will be especially helpful since I am starting from ground zero.

  Post New Thread | Reply | Quote | Report