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Harry Munro
12-08-2009, 12:50 PM
If you could start over from the beginning, with the knowledge you have now, how would you approach training?

I would have overhead squatted and done kettlebell swings, nothing else for a good while except play sports.

Steven Low
12-08-2009, 01:29 PM
Gymnastics / rings upper body, weight (mostly DLs) + sprinting lower body.

That's what I'm going to be doing now anyway so...

Mike ODonnell
12-08-2009, 01:47 PM
Not signed up for the Jack LaLanne gym at 16 that was full of machines only and found a place that would teach me to DL and Squat only.

Kevin Perry
12-08-2009, 02:33 PM
If I had been able to grow up here instead of California, train with my Coach as a freshman back in high school, then I could literally have had the same base of strength development in the Olympic lifts from the same coach that trained up Lance Fry.

Arien Malec
12-08-2009, 03:24 PM
From the beginning of my involvement in weight training: Go on Starting Strength right away for as long as necessary then Texas Method to build a strong strength base, without screwing around with XF, fat loss, etc. etc. etc.

If I could have completely redone history: trained on the olympic lifts with a real coach from the age of 12

Derek Weaver
12-08-2009, 09:05 PM
I probably would have learned out to lift properly instead of followed some bro split of the week, injury proofed myself properly and still be playing rugby.

Garrett Smith
12-09-2009, 04:34 AM
Stretched my hamstrings.

Found an OL coach and learned the lifts.

Not wasted my time with all the team sports. Skipping baseball would have left my right shoulder a lot better and not put so much mileage on my knees (I was a catcher).

Stuck with more gymnastics (the first couple times I tried it, I hated doing all the push-ups, sit-ups, etc...I find that humorous now).

Definitely would have run track instead of baseball in the winter.

Allen Yeh
12-09-2009, 05:10 AM
Just for arguments sake, what age are we talking about?

Gavin Harrison
12-09-2009, 10:14 AM
I'd assume "if you could do it all again" means just that. All of it.

jake oleander
12-09-2009, 12:07 PM
I'd assume "if you could do it all again" means just that. All of it.

I'd assume the word 'it' refered to strength training, in the context of the post on a weightlifting message board.

Gary Ohm
12-09-2009, 12:42 PM
Most likely I would have not played college tennis. I would not have gotten caught up in the Nautilus machine craze of the 80's. I would have done gymnastics work for upper body strength, balance, and flexibility. I would have only deadlifted to build a base of strength and then tried to find an olympic lifting coach.
I would have started sprinting and doing more HIIT type training for my wind and certainly not have gotten caught up in the aerobics/low fat/high carbohydrate/triathlon bulshit of the 80's and early 90's...

Aside from that, though, I wouldn't change a thing.;)

james forshaw
12-09-2009, 02:23 PM
I'd have made the squat my standard way of sitting on the floor, trained O-lifts from 16 onwards, and definitely not bought ABSolution - what a waste of 25 that was.

Clay Jones
12-09-2009, 07:38 PM
I would have squatted more, and gotten myself to a good gym, as opposed to that fern bar Nautilus crap I used to do. Perhaps I should have just stuck with that mail-order Charles Atlas program.

More bacon and more milk, that's for sure.

James Evans
12-11-2009, 05:00 AM
I would have reinvented the wheel in the name of forging elite fitness.


More seriously I would have actually built the squat racks back home at the farm that I considered building 15 years ago (or at the very least bought some), I would have learnt to powerclean properly rather than the rubbish I was taught as a teenager and I would have sprinted more. I used to hate sprint training despite being relatively fast.

Allen Yeh
12-11-2009, 05:39 AM
-I would have taken the martial arts more seriously
-I wish I had heard about Parkour when I was a lad
-I wish I had gotten into gymnastics when I was younger
-I just wish in general I wasn't so darn couch potato-like for the first half of my adolescense!

Garrett Smith
12-11-2009, 06:33 AM
I would have ditched eating the nightshades earlier. I look back and see that they played such a huge role in the nagging mid-back pain that kept me from training SQ/DL/KBs heavy at all until my early 30's.

However, that also kept me from creating the "injuries of youth" that so many guys my age have from training stupidly when they were young and invincible. So maybe it's a wash.

Darryl Shaw
12-12-2009, 05:40 AM
If I could do it all again I'd take better care of my knees.

Mike Romano
12-12-2009, 08:02 AM
I would have avoided crew...I have two ruptured discs that cause me incessant pain.

Mike ODonnell
12-12-2009, 10:36 AM
Oh and I would of drank only WHOLE milk....not that skim crap that got me all fat/ bloated and terrible acne in high school....good times.

I won't even go into all the ridiculous things I got caught up in the "functional fitness" phase of personal training with clients.....

But then again....if I didn't do all the stupid things in the first place...I wouldn't be where I am right now....so it all works out for a reason.....no real regrets...

Andrew Simonis
01-21-2010, 12:25 PM
I know this is an older thread, but I found it an interesting question...

-I would have never picked up a Muscle and Fitness magazine
-Started with SS or an OL technique program
-Saved alot of money on supplements and bad Gym Memberships
-Sprinted, Deadlifted, and Squatted (correctly) alot more
-Probabaly have furthered my football or baseball career

Grissim Connery
01-21-2010, 09:17 PM
i never saw this thread before either.

-BJJ and judo as a kid
-not quit gymnastics in 3rd grade
-switched from goalie to defense or attack earlier in lacrosse
-rope climbing
-real grip work