New to "Big and Strong
I'm in my mid 40's, weigh 160 lbs, and 5' 7" tall. I've almost always been an average "skinny" guy. I've weight trained in the past, but I usually stuck to it for only a couple of months and then stopped going to the gym. During my "on" times, I had a tendency of overloading myself with information and trying to do trying to incorporate exercises and philosophies from pro body builders who are on gear. I would basically burn myself out, lose interest, and not see much in terms of gains, due to not sticking with a basic workout and charting my progress. If I know my mistakes, I can learn from them.
Last summer during one of my "on" times, I purchased several books online and one of them was "Big And Strong Without Steroids." I found the book to be different from the others, because it took a more basic common sense approach that wasn't just about hypertrophy, but also strength and the periodization between the two.
Recently, my 12 year old son (he has Dad's "skinny" gene too) told me that he would like to start weight training. The first thing that popped into my mind was Yuriy's book. After reading it again, my plan is to have both of start out with the "Total Beginner" program and develop a solid foundation to build on. We will be starting within the next few days.
I found that for my 12 year old boy, bar bells are out of the question. He's not strong enough to lift an empty bar. I started him out with dumb bells, he has a really hard time stabilizing them and his form suffers (its a lot of things for him to think of at once). I'm thinking about modifying the program to use machines instead, so he can concentrate on form and build up some strength before returning to free weights. What do you think?
We've been consistently going to the gym 3 days a week and we are using some machines and some dumb bells. He's been making consistent progress with very good form. He has a notebook that where he keeps track of every set and is always looking forward to the next workout. Even though we've only been doing this for a couple of weeks, I see him setting goals and reaching them. His confidence is going up and getting a valuable lesson in work ethic. It could not be better. I'm lucky to have him for a work out partner.