The probable reason to start training is your desire to change or develop something in yourself. This is more than great. This guide will help you navigate the optimal type of training for you to achieve your goal.
What kind of training are we talking about?
The main focus of BB-Team is focused on strength and conditioning activities and our recommendations will be oriented around them. However, most of the principles are universal and will be useful to you in different ways. Why strength training? Does that mean you just have to throw heavy bars? Are these workouts suitable if you just want to tighten up or lose a few pounds? What if your priority is just an aesthetic look? If you ask yourself these and other questions that provoke the thought “this is not for me”, be a little more patient and we will put the puzzle together.
Why do we train?
As we have already admitted, you want to train because you want to change. Even if the training is provoked because it is “modern” or you just want to step on it (there is absolutely nothing wrong with these motives), in the end you will (will) train because you are striving for change. Remember the first important thing:
Basic change requires basic training methods.
Most of us, consciously or not, strive for the maximum, the perfect. That is why we are looking for the best training program, the best methods, advice, recommendations. And we don’t give them a chance to work because we’re not sure if there’s anything better. This only leads to insecurity, impatience, dissatisfaction … and a possible end to our training. Let’s take a real look at the situation. You are a beginner and probably the change for you is among those here:
- weight loss;
- muscle improvement;
- increase physical strength and endurance;
- dealing with a health problem;
achieving a better aesthetic appearance. These are primarily basic and measurable changes. To explain more clearly why they are basic, here are some examples of specific changes:
- improve vertical rebound
- running 5 km in less than 20 minutes
- achieving better symmetry of the thigh muscles
- lifting 400 lbs from the bench press
Quite logically, specific change requires specific training methods.
Why do we specify this?
A beginner with a desire for basic change only needs basic training. And while many of the exercises and tips you will see or read sound right if they change the basic nature of your workouts, they are not for you at this stage. If you want a specific change, our guide will not be very helpful. Each such change requires a number of individual solutions in order to be able to summarize them.
What is a (non) training program?
Assuming you have a clear desire for change, we can define the latter as your main goal. The training program is a series of individual trainings, planned and executed in the name of achieving this goal. In turn, physical activity (or “exercise” for short) can be performed for basic toning, enough to move, feel better and other momentary sensations. This is not a training program.
Why do we specify this as well?
Many well-designed programs were not used wisely and the set goals were not achieved, simply because the planned workouts were changed so much that they resembled chaotic physical activity.
“The goal is to keep the goal the goal” – Dan John
Why “goal” and not “goals”
We often meet in our practice that beginners have several goals, such as:
- to lose weight from the legs, but to lift in the upper part of the body;
- to tighten the buttocks and thighs, but not to change anything else;
- to lose 4 kg in 25 days;
- to be in top shape by summer (preferably in June);
etc. It is important to specify:
No process of change in our body happens on its own !
Don’t let that demotivate you. Very often the choice and achievement of one main goal brings with it positive indirect changes. If you want to both improve your strength and look better, it can happen, as long as you approach it sensibly.
I have a clear goal. What next?
Think carefully about the opportunities you have. For example:
- What are the main commitments?
- What free time and how many times a week can you train?
- Can you plan your meals well?
- Do you have health considerations that limit your physical activity?
there is no universal guide for choosing a training program. The chosen goal in relation to the individual possibilities makes the generalization untrue, inaccurate and unnecessary. We can help you build a training plan in the following ways:
- View the sample training programs on our website.
- You can choose one that suits your purpose and capabilities.
- Get acquainted with the topics in our forum (training for men and training for women).
- You can ask for advice when compiling a program (do not forget to indicate the purpose and opportunities here).
- Choose the “Be better” package from our services. With our team we will build a comprehensive training plan, which we will follow and implement together.
To end up with
It is not necessary to learn human anatomy perfectly, to get acquainted in detail with all the processes of your body and to understand in depth how the load of exercise X from angle Y affects the development of muscle Z. We don’t know that. Moreover, people in science still do not fully know this. However, we are aware of the basic principles that help beginners like you to change for the better and achieve their goals.
- Select a baseline goal before any specific one;
- Know what a training program is and follow only one that does not look like chaotic physical activity;
- The change occurs completely in your body, not in isolation.
And above all: one small goal achieved is more than two big goals not achieved. Patience, focus and perseverance – your body deserves it and will serve you for life.