Advice on whether to do a program or challenge for a newbie

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    Advice on whether to do a program or challenge for a newbie

    Hi, I'm a newbie here in darebee and I can't believe why it took me so long to discover this amazing community. Anyways, I have been inactive for years and want to return. My question is what is recommended: start with (1) pick a program or (2) do the 30 day challenges that focuses on critical body parts eg arms, core, legs. If #2, which body parts should I start with and how many challenges is recommended. Thanks.

    #2
    Unless you know specifically what it is that you want to work, I would start with a program. Programs are designed with certain goals in mind, but are also more holistic, usually giving a bit of attention to every part of the body in one way or another.

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      #3
      Hi Devilicious and Welcome to the Hive
      A good place to start is the manual.
      Then the fitness test gives you an overall idea how you fit in the programs/workouts.
      And finally here is How to pick a program.

      I am with CaptainCanuck on this, that the programs give you a more overall workout. They have built-in restdays, so you can do them in one go without the danger of overtraining. It's easier in the beginning just to follow a prog, than to wreck your brain over a well-balanced, DIY routine.
      If you are doing the 30 day micro HIIT challenge right now and are happy doing pushups you could try something along the lines of 30 Days of Gravity or if pullups are more your thing then Spartian Trials is a perfect start.

      If you want to do a more individual approach:
      There are 1400+ workouts in the database, but there is a filter to help you find the ones that suit your fitness level and what part of the body you want to train. You can use this training guides to make a balanced routine.

      Have a look into the nutrition section
      "You loose weight in the kitchen, you gain muscle in the gym"
      Take it easy, start slow and find a sustainable routine that fits your lifestyle/schedule.
      If you are happy, do not forget to show some love to the makers of this fine resource.
      Good luck
      Andi

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        #4
        Definitely start with a program. Something like Foundation Light, Foundation or Baseline, depending on your level of fitness and whether your joints can take impact. I suggest starting with Foundation Light. THose programs are good overall programs and they will introduce you to all the major kinds of exercises here. From there, after a couple of months of having fun following programs and getting a couple of badges, you can then have a better sense of your body and what you might want to work on. You'll choose a few challenges to do and your fitness journey becomes interesting. I'm seven and a half months into daily Darebee training and although I like the idea of crafting my own programs and routines, I really love being held in the well-thought-through structure of the 30, 60 and 90-day programs here.

        The challenges don't always look like much, but even the Upper Body+ one that starts with 3 sets of 6 bicep curls and three sets of 6 pushups ends with 5 sets of 14 curls and 14 pushups a mere 30 days later. The challenges can be deceiving! For a beginner, you might get pretty demoralized quickly at that rate of progress.

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          #5
          I'm so sorry for just responding now. Thank you very much for the advice. Thank you.

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            #6
            Start with whatever you will stick with!

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