If I could meet my past self… (Article Spotlight)
Read an article over on EliteFTS the other day that got me thinking. The article was about some things the author wishes he could go back and tell himself when he first got into exercise, and how he would have done it differently if he had the chance.
I think pretty much everybody on staff at Dave’s Gym would have a similar story, but speaking personally my first few years of exercise were a complete shambles. I only trained the “beach muscles”, did 20+ sets on my biceps, completely disregarded the importance of food and proper nutrition, ignored the need for rest and trained twice a day nearly every day (not counting running and martial arts which i did a few times a week on top of all that!)…the list goes on.
Needless to say those early years left me with a body that was slightly better but wouldn’t pass an MOT if it were a car. I was a wreck! So much so that my immune system took a holiday for a while and I was ill more than half the time. If I could go back and do it all again I’d give myself this article to read because it’s absolutely spot on.
And now for fun, here’s a sample routine i did when i was 14. DON’T DO THIS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IT WON’T WORK!
1. Bicep Curls:
Start at 12 reps and increase the weight each set and get 11, 10, 9, 8…..etc….all the way down to a curl 1RM, then go back up to 12 in the same fashion.
Total sets = 23
2. Stiff Leg Deadlifts
3. Concentration Curls
4. Crunches (Various types)
Dear god I was an idiot. Please share some stories about your early training days in the comments so I don’t feel so stupid!