5+ Year Member
- Aug 4, 2014
Well, everyone has their own stance on these topics. Just giving my two cents, but to each their own.
As for me curling 155lbs, I was an idiot, but I learned my lesson. Better to learn from the mistakes of others than make the mistakes yourself. Oh and I completely agree with the gloves thing, I don't wear them. Although, I'm making the point that those who do wear them find it extremely difficult to stop wearing them when lifting and vice versa.
As for using free weights for deadlifting and chest pressing, I highly recommend starting with them. They engage muscles that are required for stability and even if you have to start at a low weight (I started at 15lbs.. that's weird just saying that..) This will be very beneficial when transitioning to bench pressing / actual deadlifting because these muscles are essential to maintaining balance and good form throughout the movement. Not to mention, if you learn to properly dumbbell press, you'll save your shoulder when lifting heavy (I have seen way too many friends fall victim to this.)
As for lifting heavy.. not everyone can hire a coach.. hence why I said 70% of effort for 3 sets of 10 is a good place to consider..
And lastly, for counting calories and macros, I personally found my results at their best when I stopped eating 3 meals a day and started to listen to my body to see when I am actually hungry. We've become so accustomed to eating at set times that, in general, we have forgotten how to truly be hungry. I don't mean starving, I mean "hey, I actually want to eat now, not because the clock is telling me it's 2:00pm, but because I want to feel satiated". We've completely messed up our ghrelin and leptin levels, the feeling of hunger (or let's be honest, lack of true hunger, but some weird unconscious need to eat in that moment) only comes when the clock strikes a particular time. Our need for food is like Pavlov's dog salivating, the clock striking 5:00pm for dinner is his bell.
But you are 100% correct! To those who are reading our posts, don't just believe what I have said, nor what he has said, and do research on your own. I know I've spent too many hours do it... Also, I'm simply talking about these things in such a manner (bold and direct) because they have worked for me. That does not mean it will work for you. Find what your body requires to achieve its most optimum results.
Edit: Oh and I definitely made gains using creatine.. but I was really really bloated, and lost a lot of my size in water weight when I stopped taking it.. Might have been better to wean off of it, but something about it just felt off to me..
"I can't, I'm not 100 percent sure what we have here in stock, because I can't see anything! "
Fair enough, although I still disagree on the free weights vs barbell. When you do it with free weights you add an extra plane of motion which makes it more difficult to stabilize and harder to learn proper movement patterns/form. My personal recommendation is start with barbell, follow the cues used by rippetoe, and use dumbbells later to build stability.
I should clarify here that this is for building more strength than muscle (although you will build muscle). In this situation you would be looking at a 5x5 rep and set scheme for a beginner with varying low-rep set schemes as you get more advanced. 3x10s would be more for focusing on putting on more mass and in this case dumbbell flat bench would be better for getting larger pecs.