Sure, I’ll see if I can help you. Stronglifts is not a bad program, and if you stick with it, you should see good progress. My lifting began with a few months of Starting Strength, and here are some of my main mistakes from that period.
1. I didn’t eat enough protein. – Lifting programs for beginners have aggressive load increases. You add weight to the bar every workout. To keep that going, you need lots of protein (at least 1 g per 1 lb of bodyweight each day). When I should have been eating 210+ grams daily, I was only getting about 150 on average. Trust me, it makes a difference.
2. I didn’t sleep enough. – Lifting programs for beginners also require a lot of sleep (the more the better). I was getting about 7 hours each night, but 8 would’ve been a lot better.
3. I didn’t appreciate how difficult the lifts are to master. – Although the lifts look simple, it can take some time to get the form right. A properly performed low-bar squat has many subtleties to it. That’s why Mark Rippetoe spent about 60 pages describing how to squat in Starting Strength. Do what you can and realize that your form will get better with practice.
4. I didn’t buy a belt or weightlifting shoes, at first. – I didn’t think that I’d need them. Looking back, they’ve been my best training partners. A belt helps you stay tight through your torso, lift more weight, and become stronger (mainly for the squat and deadlift). Shoes help you to become more stable, very useful for the squat and overhead press.
5. I listened to music while lifting. – This is somewhat trivial and may not apply to you. At first, I would workout while listening to some metal to get me in the right mood. I found that I started to rely on it too much. I now lift in silence and prepare mentally on my own. If listening to music helps you though, then by all means, do that.
I hope this helped. Good luck!
Last edited by Jefferson1775; 08-05-2013 at 08:21 PM.
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