So how long should you consider yourself a beginner? Everyone is different, and some people need a lot of time to learn how to handle weights properly. Once you notice that you are not getting stronger as fast as you were in the beginning (that is, you are not able to add weights to your exercises as fast as before), we would say that you no longer are a beginner. In general this takes about 2-3 months of the above routine should be enough. After that your body should be able to handle a routine adapted more to your goals, be it:
- Getting stronger
- Building muscle mass and sculpting your physique
- Burning fat and getting lean
- Performing better in a given sport
If you’ve made it this far, you have no more excuses. You know everything you need to start lifting! There are many other details which people obsess over, like rest times and how fast your concentric and eccentric phases should be etc, but these barely matter compared to the information above.
Now get out there and lift!
M.D., Fitness Instructor and PhD Student