By GI Team Generation Iron
Maybe new lifters have something they could teach veterans.
Noobs. At one point before you started your lifting journey you were one too. To some, being a noobie is perhaps the most deplorable experience in their existence as a lifter. No matter how experienced one becomes, how much knowledge they acquire and the kind of shape they’re in today, at some point they were lesser, unaware of how to tackle lifting at all. Whether you’re a powerlifter or a bodybuilder, you were that new guy entering the gym for the first time with no idea what the hell you were doing.
These days there’s a ton of access to different material that will allow a noob to skip all the baby steps and get right to the nitty gritty. Now there’s no need to wonder if the thing you’re doing is stupid or if it’s actually a legitimate way of making considerable gains. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about anything is at your fingertips. There’s no more need for guess work, just go on the internet, type up what you want to know and the answers are just a click away. But in a lot of ways that may not be ideal.
There are often times that we ridicule and insult the new blood that enter the gym as if to assert a position of dominance. The funny thing about it is maybe those noobs you’re making fun of have perhaps the best mentality in the gym. A person who chooses to start lifting the old fashion way could prove to be onto something, something that many powerlifters and bodybuilders are missing today.
The great thing about noobs is that they’re trying new things with their body, experimenting with all the equipment in the gym until they completely understand how their bodies respond to different methods. It’s actually a pretty fascinating thing when you think about it and there are those who’d agree. Check out the video below by Dave Tate of EliteLifts for his keen insight on the subject of new lifters.
What’s your opinion on this train of thought? Let us know what you think in the comments and forums.