- What are you training goals?
This question is easily the most important question you need to address before you jump into any kind of training program. Setting up goals for training is not a quick or easy process but it is so important for making decisions about how you spend your time in the gym. Setting goals can help you pick a program but it can also help you stay motivated and on track. Be sure when you are looking at the program you see elements that address your weaknesses. If you need to build up general strength look for at least 3 days of squats and heavy pulls/deadlifts. If you need to work on technique, pay attention to volume in the lifts as well as technical auxiliary movements. Most general weightlifting programs will fit the needs of a beginner, but it is still important to evaluate the program against your personal needs/goals. For more advanced athletes personalized programming is a great option for working towards specific goals.
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- What is your time commitment?
Any good weightlifting program progresses over time and if you are unable to commit to doing the program consistently you will not be able to benefit from it entirely. When you are unable to do all of the workouts you can end up cherry picking your training sessions and that ultimately leads to weaknesses. It is better to commit to a 3 day per week program than to try to do a 5-day/week program and only make it to the gym part of the time. Of course, life happens and you may miss a few here or there, but missing workouts should always be the exception and not the rule. Be realistic about your time commitment and chose a program that fits with your lifestyle/goals.
“If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” ― Steve Maraboli
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