Where Do I Start (Getting Strong For The ‘Normal’ Fella)

You haven’t done any exercise for a while

You feel like you should start again before it’s too late (if it’s not already)

–> But you don’t have time

You’ve got a demanding job as well as a demanding family

There’s no time for yourself

So where do you start

This is the same conversation that I had with myself (in my head) over and over for 10 years

I’m not an athlete

I’m a normal guy just like you who decided I’d had enough of mediocre results… at best

I tried everything

Running half marathons (I don’t like running but it’s got to be worth the sacrifice right)

But running takes up loads of time which is exactly what you don’t have

I joined a gym and decided to get stronger while building muscle without ANY professional help

How hard can it be?

Well if you don’t know what you’re doing it’s gonna take up a lot of time

Which is what you don’t have remember

I did it all

– 3 sets of 12

– Ladders

– Pyramids

– Bodyweight for time (if you move fast you get fast results right)


I kept cycling between these after I got a month in and wasn’t feeling any different

Sound familiar?

So what do you do?

It took me a while to find the answer…

MY answer… this is what has worked for me…

And if you’ve read this far then you’re probably asking the same questions and looking for the same answer

Well here it is…

1) The simpler the better:

Complicated is confusing so you’re more likely to give up…

Sart by learning a few simple movement patterns





Loaded Carry

That’ll be enough for now…

If it doesn’t sound enough just do 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps of a couple of these (with perfect form) on top of what you would usually do and then get back to me


2) The fun is in the progress:

While doing as many reps as you can in 45 seconds with 15 seconds rest has it’s merits

To the unconditioned it leads to burnout (especially when your hips and knees get angry with you)

This is when progress stalls and you have to regress

Where’s the fun in that?

Follow step 1) and you’ll see what I mean


3) Get some help:

Find a decent coach in your area and ask for their help

You’ll get more out of an hour with someone who knows what they’re doing than you will spending weeks trawling the interweb for your answer (especially when you ask it loaded questions)

These alone will get you more progress than you’ve seen in the last few years

And if you’re only just starting back then it’ll save you a few years of finding this out for yourself

I wish I’d known this before I wasted 10 years of my life trying to figure it out on my own


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