Here’s a question about working out in the morning that I received in my mailbox. My comments are below…
Hello Mehdi, I’ve been a regular visitor of your website & love reading your mails. I am an ectomorph (like you, fingers overlap around wrists). Never lifted anything, not even a push up. A week ago,i joined a gym & i discovered i got no strength or stamina. Hard even to do a proper pushup… can’t even think about doing a pull up ! So,my question is: Should’nt i be getting some strength in my arms & body before joining your league , ‘cuz i guess,i ain’t ready for lifting weights just yet ! I want to know your opinion. Eagerly waiting, Arun. P.S I am from Orissa,India. Glad to know you’re helping people out here. Clean water availability is certainly a problem out here. Thank you.
I feel you man – also started out like you, not able to do a single pushup, let alone a pullup.
Lol, I remember struggling to climb rope during gym classes. The teacher yelled at me in front of everyone: “come on you sack of potatoes!!!”
Funny now, not so funny back then – you know who kids are in school, I was the laughing stock for weeks…
Anyway. So I spent several months doing pushups at home. Couldn’t do a single one so I had to them kneeling, forced negatives, and all that.
Anything but fun, I was sore all the time.
Later I joined the gym and looking back I wished I had started lifting weights straight away.
Because lifting an empty bar of 20kg on the bench is a lot easier than having to do a pushup with your body-weight (at least 70kg?)
Progression is a lot easier as well – you’re adding 2.5kg on each side of the bar, you can even microload, your body can handle that.
If it’s too heavy, start with a lighter barbell, or with two light dumbbells. Then work your way up.
All of this is easier than forcing yourself with negative reps, simpler than kneeling/incline pushups and all that too.
Plus, it’s easier to track your progress – you just look at the weight increasing on the bar and you know you’re getting stronger.
And it’s specific – because you’re lifting weights from the get go. So you’re practicing form for when the weights get heavier.
That’s why, if I were you, I’d just start with the empty bar and add weight each workout.
Don’t make excuses.