Training Advancement

Burn this into your skull: there is no amount of weight that qualifies you as not a novice.

If you have never trained with weights, or you are coming back from a layoff of a month or greater from regular training, you are functionally untrained.

If you are able to add weight to the bar on a workout to workout basis, you are a novice.

If you are able to add weight to the bar on a week to week basis, you are an intermediate. Virtually everyone who is not considering competing in a strength sport like powerlifting, weightlifting, or strongman, can A) get to the intermediate level of advancement in about 6 months, and B) doesn’t need more complicated programming than this.

If you are able to only add weight to the bar on a month to month basis, you are advanced.

If it takes you many months to add more weight to the bar, you are in an elite class of competitors in a strength sport.

Training advancement is about the rate of progress possible and the complexity of the programming needed to achieve it, NOT the amount of weight you lift.

Further, if you’re using a method that does not add load as fast as you are capable, you are leaving progress on the table. This is inefficient, and the root of all frustration in the gym. In other words, it makes no sense to use a more sophisticated approach when a simpler one will do.

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