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Beginners Guide to Getting in Shape Part 1: Why Strength over Aesthetics (At first)

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September 9, 2020

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Title Beginners Guide to Getting in Shape Part 1: Why Strength over Aesthetics (At first)
Author redpillschool
Upvotes 55
Comments 14
Date 09 September 2020 03:52 PM UTC (1 week ago)
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[–]102117991074 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks for the repost /u/redpillschool. Wish there was a way to know who followed this advice and got strong.

[–]TheLaughingRhino2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I have found what is the most helpful for true beginners is to get them to take group exercise classes at the gym ( complications from the pandemic obviously, but working on the idea that gyms won't be shut down forever, etc, etc)

Some of those classes will be bad, some will have horrible instructors, but some will be good and have good instructors.

RE: Squatting - Learning how to do an air squat then doing one with a kettlebell then doing one with an empty bar then doing one on a power rack is the kind of progression that I see is the most useful.

A good group strength training class will also hopefully cover things like mobility work, stretching, HIIT, etc. A lot easier to stay committed on a schedule with a class, meet new people, get some face time with a coach. Something that helped me was recognizing that people in classes, after class, you can usually ask a coach one question and they are invested in answering if they see you are working very hard and want to learn. It's also good business for them for others to see progress made by you in their care/class. A group class also gives you a chance to find a workout partner and most of these classes are included with the cost of your basic membership.

Going from zero to the free weight room is a big ramp in for most people. I think there are too many shitty/shifty personal trainers out there to trust using one to learn most of the basics.

I've also found the best exercises are skill based/development. Dancing, learning to rock climb, BJJ, Judo, etc. Sitting on a Concept 2 rower every day and staring at that little screen will drive you insane.

There are an insanely large number of dangerous/seedy/useless/selfish people in the fitness industry, if one finds a good coach or workout class or crew, treasure them. I think this is where TRP type "vetting" tends to help to be very selective with your time and effort.

[–]Betwixtroxnhardplcs1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Aesthetics come after strength. Your body will do the most efficient thing. First, it will improve your nervous system to flex the muscle harder to lift the weight. Then, it will make the muscle more dense. Last, it will add muscle mass.

It's like a business, you would try to improve efficiency or change processes before hiring new people (muscle cells)

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