How do I know I'm no longer a beginner?

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    How do I know I'm no longer a beginner?

    I'm almost done with the Foundation program, before that I've never worked out. 24 days in, it's a great experience. I've been able to maintain a solid level 3 throughout all the workouts.

    However, about what to do next, I've been thinking about improving my strength. I wanna lift those groceries in one go after all. Naturally, the "30 Days of Strength" program caught my eye, but it says it's "not suitable for beginners", but how do I know I'm not a beginner?

    Cheers and hello darebee community!

    #2
    Hello and good job on Foundation!

    If I remember correctly, the "not suitable for beginners" has less to do with difficulty and more with certain exercises being hard to do correctly for beginners, leading to a higher risk of injury. What is it about the 30 Days of Strength you like? There are several strength-oriented programs which are also difficulty 3, but suitable for beginners - 30 Days of Gravity comes to mind, or Spartan Trials. If you have and like to use equipment, Ironborn may be a good idea, it's quick and scaleable by using lighter or heavier weights. You could also do one of the easier "all around" programs (like Baseline or Zero Hero) and add Power Up or Core Strength as a strength add-on (and earn two badges instead of one in the process ). Personally, I think I'd try to stick with beginner friendly programs for a little while longer. You'll definitely be able to challenge yourself and the Darebee team know what they are doing with the program descriptions.

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      #3
      Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post
      What is it about the 30 Days of Strength you like?
      Well, it's less that I liked it and more that it had "Strength" in the name so it was easier to find and I didn't look at others


      Thanks for the great recommendations! I think it's just I'm a bit impatient. gotta work on that.

      I took a look at 30 Days of Gravity and Spartan Trials, as well as Zero Hero. Do you think Zero Hero + Gravity is manageable?

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        #4
        One reason why it says "not for beginners," I think, is that it has pull-up in it. It also has push ups although you can down the intensity.

        And from what you say about yourself, I recommend you pick a level 2 program like the Totals, which help you build up some strength. If you want to pick up groceries I recommend also strengthening your grip, and the Power Grip challenge can help a bit.

        You can always try out 30d of strength for a couple days to see if you can do it.

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          #5
          Welcome to the Hive WetNoodle Take it easy. It's a journey not a race. If you never worked out, find a routine that fits your schedule and stick to it. Combining two programs so early in your development might be a bad idea. Rather find a program that you can do on level II and sometimes level III and stick to it. MissSmilla and kandy gave solid advice there.
          If you feel underwhelmed add a challenge or a daily dare. It's a common mistake to want to gain to much in the beginning. Injury and frustration are the result. While your muscles might grow fast, your tendons and joints need a bit more time to get the message. Give them a chance to adjust, you will need them for a lifetime.
          The Darbee programs have an internal progression, they become harder over the course of the prog. So if you want to know if a program is for you check out the last week rather than the first.
          As for your question, I would say you are no longer a beginner, if you finish the fitness test at a solid level 2.
          All the best and good luck

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            #6
            Thanks for all the great advice, Andi64!

            You're right. I shouldn't be too hasty, it's a journey after all. I should aim for completely altering my life style instead of just some short period of training.

            I think I'll go for Gravity and add a challenge to it. In fact, I'm doing the "Legs of Steel" challenge right now as an addition to foundation!

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              #7
              Good choice! WetNoodle

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                #8
                Gravity and a challenge sounds good! I would not advice combining two programs yet, except one of them is explicitly an add-on one. You sound all set now!

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                  #9
                  Don't be impatient. Going from a level 1 program to a level 4 or 5 programs will set you back. Choose a level two program and maybe some add ons that challenge you in areas you want to improve. Fitness doesn't happen overnight, but if you progress at a slow and steady pace, the gains come faster than you expect.I suggest Cardio Trim next. See how you do with that mix of cardio and circuit.

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                    #10
                    Having done gravity when fairly beginnerish ?and looking at it again after recovering from some nonsense) I highly recommend it. It is more then enough work to get you some solid gains, but you would have to try pretty hard to injury yourself on it, and none of the movements themselves are advanced in terms of getting form ok.

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