February 28, 2024

I ran across this article about strength training and getting started in strength training by Mark Winston. This is a great start to how you have no excuses not to start lifting and strength training is just getting started and moving up from there.

The most important thing for you to realize is that when I first started strength training, I didn’t look anything like I do now. I can remember being teased as a child by the “skinny” kids in my neighborhood – oh yes, they all had fun calling me “chubby” and pointing out that I had to wear “husky” pants while their moms could shop for them in the “slim” section of the local clothing store.

As an adult I know that kids can be cruel when teasing one another and that they lack the maturity to understand the harmful impact of name calling. But as a child being teased, my ego was crushed and I felt very insecure about my physical appearance – especially when I was hanging around the skinny kids.

Starting Strength Training

The first time that I went to train at a gym I had this same insecurity. Since I was only 12 or 13 years old, I didn’t look like the guys who’d already been pumping iron and doing strength training for years. In fact when I went to the gym for my first public strength training workout, I still had some of the “chubbiness” that the skinny kids had teased me about.

Now, of course, things are very different. And when I think of the fun and benefits that I’ve enjoyed from all of my years in bodybuilding, I’m glad that I didn’t let my childhood insecurities or the “intimidation factor” keep me from starting my workout program. Over the years I’ve also learned that this intimidation factor can be a major obstacle that keeps people from realizing their bodybuilding or fitness potential.

If you’ve ever failed to get started on a bodybuilding or strength training program because you think you’re “too fat,” “too weak” or “too anything” to workout in public, you’ve fallen victim to the intimidation factor. Don’t do this! The important thing to remember here is that anyone who has ever accomplished anything in life had to start at the beginning – and that includes all of the experienced bodybuilders and lifter strength training that you see at a gym.

strength training your Guns

Once you get to the gym and start pumping your GUNS you’ll probably find that most of the people there are too busy strength training to notice how you look or how much you’re lifting. More importantly, if you’re focused and efficient in your training you won’t have time to worry about how other people look or how much they’re lifting. The point here is that I know from personal experience how insecurities about your physical appearance or condition can discourage you from getting into the gym with the “skinny kids.”

But just like I did, you must overcome these feelings and get about the business of building the body that you desire. Just remember that it’s okay to be a beginner and that it doesn’t matter where you start – it’s where you finish that counts!

Mark G. Winston, “The Master Gunslinger,” is author of the ground-breaking strength training manual, “GO For Your GUNS – 7 Simple Secrets to AWESOME ARMS.” He has also created GOforyourGUNS.com, a bodybuilding and fitness website dedicated entirely to helping you build big, muscular arms. Mark’s forthcoming book will be jammed with workouts and training techniques to help you build the big, muscular arms that you deserve! To learn about the GO For Your GUNS strength training system and get free arm training tips that really work, visit http://www.GOforyourGUNS.com

1 thought on “Getting started in strength training

  1. I like the part of the article where Mark speaks about no matter how advanced someone may be, they ALL had to start at the beginning. Now that I have many years of training under my belt, that is probably the biggest thing that keeps me humble as time goes on. Knowing I was a beginner and wouldn’t want others to look down upon me.

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