Well going to the gym and trying to “wing it” never seems to be the best idea. From experience I can tell you, only a few will stick it out long enough to learn, and make it work. The others will soon get frustrated or worse hurt, and pack it in.
Hopefully you will have access to a knowledgeable person, and that person will teach you how to lift and put a program together. Unfortunately again from experience, they are far and few between. So what about that personal trainer surely they can help? Not so fast, anyone reading this can get certified as a PT in about an hour if you have a few bucks and can answer some basic questions.
OK, lets cut through the crud and get on with what you need to be doing! Whether you are currently working out or not, this information is vital.
Lets start right off with the KING OF ALL EXERCISES, THE SQUAT. It is said by all who know anything about lifting. ” If you are going to the gym and not Squatting, you’re just pretending.” Sorry if this insults anybody, but that is the truth. All of the misleading garbage about not squatting because it is bad for your knees, back, neck, and slows you down, is all bull my friends!
The Squat hits the entire muscles of the legs, hips and lower back. It also works many other muscles of the body to help stabilize the load.
Nothing makes you grow like Squatting. The reason most “club members” don’t squat. It is HARD! Plus it takes someone with some knowledge to teach you. Now some of you out there will tell me. “Ellinger I am Squatting!” Talking from experience again, I have to say, sorry you are probably not. You’re probably doing some sissy little knee bends with too much weight.
If you want to learn how to Squat, come to my gym and I will teach you. If you want to tell me I’m full of it, and you know how to Squat. Again, come to the gym and show me or send me a video. I hope I am wrong 1000 times. I will state so right here on this site. Joe the Wrestler can Squat. I was wrong!
A very close 2nd to the squat is the TRAP BAR DEADLIFT. How many of you have access to one of these or know what it is for that matter? Now I explain it like this. “The most important thing I will teach you is to Squat, we will get the most mileage out of the Trap Bar.” There is a simple reason for this. Because of the design of the Trap Bar and the mechanics of the deadlift, This is the strongest free weight lift you can do!