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Newbie Gains or Bigger Leaner Stronger?

Jul 28, 2015 0 comments

It's official - newbie gains are real! And awesome!

Now this post, probably like most I will do, is what you would call anecdotal evidence taken from a small sample size. Of one. Which just happens to be me. Having said that I do think that this is an interesting phenomenon.

So a little background: I first lifted weights about 10 years ago. I was in the gym 5 days a week for probably 18 months and got my workout routines from bodybuilding magazines. As you'll know if you've read any of Mike Matthews' books or looked at his website, that is pretty much a guarantee that you'll be doing a crap workout routine. Now even though I was doing a crap routine full of isolation exercises and machines (the gym I was in didn't even have a barbell!) I still made gains. Sorry; gainz.

I got into triathlon (mistake) and stopped lifting (mistake) and didn't lift again until around 3 years ago when I started CrossFit. Now the last thing I want to do is get into a debate about CrossFit. It's not for everybody and fair enough. I was lucky in that the coach at the "box" I went to is beyond amazing and we did a fair bit of strength work as well as what might be called more traditional CrossFit programming. Over these 3 years I made some strength gains but was hampered by injury. 

The point of this bit of background is that I'm not new to lifting weights. I trained CrossFit probably 4 times a week on average for the last 3 years (injury breaks excepted) and that involved a lot of lifting of various kinds.

Now I've been training in a Bigger Leaner Stronger style for two and a half months and the strength gains I have seen are amazing in comparison. As an example I have gone from not being able to do 6 dips at the start to doing 6 dips with 20kg attached last week. Another example; DB shoulder press from 24 kg dumbbells to 36kg dumbbells for reps. There are plenty more examples like that - and this is in just over 2 months.

One other point worth mentioning is that, fairly obviously I guess given this site, I have been taking Legion supplements. Legion Recharge in particular has helped so much with muscle recovery and strength gains. I can't recommend it enough!

So back to the point of the post; whilst I'm not a "newbie" I am making some rapid gains that you'd call newbie gains. In my mind the reasons for this are a combination of:

  • training "properly" - like I'd never done before
  • taking Legion supplements

If you're wondering about the effectiveness of training in this way then I'm an example of it working pretty darn well. There are lots of success stories on Mike's site and when my bodyfat % is low enough I'll hopefully be one of them.

Happy training!

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