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Old 08-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
Paul Park
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Default Looking for Feedback on a Beginner's Program


I was hoping to get some feedback on a beginner's program that I have written.

A little background:

My girlfriend and I run a small weightlifting club in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. We are both relatively new to Weightlifting. We both got into CrossFit (myself about 5 years ago, 3 years for her) but over the last two years, we slowly gravitated more towards weightlifting and we somehow inherited the club here in Moose Jaw. We are not trained or educated in physical activity (i'm a school teacher, she's a lab tech) so our education and experience is limited. We are both very active in sports and I coach various sports at the middle school level. Between us we have various CrossFit and Weightlifting certs. We are both NCCP Level 1 Weightlifting Coaches.

Recently, due to lack of money, we had to relocate. We were lucky enough to strike a deal with our local YMCA who gave us a room to set up shop.

Once I had learned that we would be working out of the Y, I anticipated that we would get more exposure and therefore, more laypeople wanting to try Weightlifting. I thought it would be a good idea to draft a beginner's program. I anticipated that we would see some very unconditioned people coming through our doors. We needed a program that would take a layperson who did not have any strength background, had limited mobility, etc, and get them up to speed on our movements.

I've been a fan of both Catalyst and Robb Wolf's so I was familiar with the Nicky's On-ramp program and I knew I wanted to do something similar in order to deliberately and intelligently indoctrinate people into weightlifting.

What I came up with is an amalgamation of several programs - I'm sure you'll see for yourself where I've borrowed ideas. My aim was to design a program that was progressive in terms of skill, strength, and mobility.

I've pasted a link to the overview of our program. It is a Google Doc so everybody is free and encouraged to edit and add comments, if you wish. It tracks changes so even if you deleted everything and pasted the recipe to New England Clam Chowder, I'd still have all previous versions so don't be afraid to make changes or plaster it with comments. The more the merrier.

Thanks for your time.
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