First time on Darebee. What do I pick? How effective is it for you guys?

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    First time on Darebee. What do I pick? How effective is it for you guys?

    Hi everyone. I just discovered Darebee recently and I'm thinking about starting a program. I was wondering if you could share some personal bits of info about the program's effectiveness (I just came across this website recently and couldn't find anyone to vouch for it). I'm thinking about starting with the IRONBORN program, any tips?

    BACKGROUND:

    My current fitness experience is: I usually go to the gym for a couple of months and then stop going.
    I'd say I'm a bit overweight and would like to lose some fat and gain some muscle

    #2
    It really depends on what your present fitness level is and what your goals are. Though good general advice is to do one of the level I to get acquainted with the how the website works. To give a bit of a background into how I have used Darebee, I was already working out a lot when I found Darebee - swimming 3 times a week for 2km, stationary cycle, calisthenics and more - but aside from a few workouts when I started with Darebee I started with Baseline just to better familiarize myself. It wasn't challenging, but eventually ended using it as a warmup for everything else that I was doing. If you feel capable of doing Ironborn you could do the same, but still is a good place to start with Baseline or Foundation.

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      #3
      It depends, yes. If you're motivated for Ironborn, you can start with it. To lose fat, you must take care of your diet also, though. Working out is not enough for that.

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        #4
        Hi martjoao and Welcome to the Hive.
        The tl;dr:
        Read the manual.
        Do the fitness test.
        Pick a program.
        Stick to it.
        Change your diet.
        Show some love to the beekeepers.
        Good luck and all the best,
        Andi

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          #5
          I started DAREBEE 4 months ago and was in a similar position: exercised on and off but never stuck with it, was in pretty decent shape overall because my work kept me fairly active but never much strength to speak of and up until a few years ago was a smoker most of my life. Before DAREBEE I was doing pushups and crunches every day for a couple months because I didn't know what else to do and then I found DAREBEE and I wish I'd found it years ago.

          I did the Cardio/Trim program first, then 30 Days of HIIT, then Full Circuit, and just finished the last day of 30 Days of HIIT Advanced today. Also, I added a few 30 day challenges as a kicker to the program here and there (Hollow Hold, Arms of Steel, Glutes of Steel, etc.) and then this month instead of 30 day challenges I coupled my main program with the Total Abs program.

          My cardio is better. My upper body is more defined. My legs are stronger. I have a solid 4 pack and the bottom 2 are just starting to come in.

          Trying to figure out what to do next. Thinking Ironborn to start building a little more muscle and coupling it with an abs and/or cardio component or maybe try my hand at jogging.

          Everyone is different so definitely find your own path and listen to the people who know (not me, I'm a newbie) but for what it's worth, I liked starting with the cardio stuff because its all about getting streamlined and also it was where I needed the most work. I felt like the less I want to do an exercise or program the more I probably should. Also, I printed out the 30 day challenges and taped them to my wall and literally crossed out each day as I did it. It's silly, but psychologically it was super helpful as the more I see the days crossed off the more I wanted to not miss a day.

          Anyway, that's my two cents.

          Good luck to you!

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            #6
            Thanks for replying, everyone. Definitively gave me a boost to just start training. I'll probably follow your advises and start with the foundational and cardio programs.

            Thanks!

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              #7
              I loved Ironborn,that’s the one I started with too. I’ve been on a different program for the last few months but Darebee taught me that I respond well to a program! Take the analysis paralysis out of the way and all is good. The programs all have various benefits. I personally recommend Ironborn, Hero’s Journey and Spartan Trials. You’ll be fitter,stronger and have a better physique for having done them. Heard good things about Fighters Codex too. Good luck and welcome!

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                #8
                I can't vouch for Ironborn since I didn't finish it, but I can vouch for Cardio Trim and the Makeover challenge. Either was able to get me from zero endurance to enough to hike up mountains in about a month. Repeatedly (because I tend to lose all my progress over the year and then only start a month before the vacation).

                And if you want you can absolutely start with Ironborn, since the weights make it extremely scaleable to your fitness level.

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                  #9
                  Hi guys, just a followup. I took some time but started with IRONBORN + FOUNDATION, doing both in sequence. So far so good, I'm at about day 10 on both and I really feel like the 30 day program format keeps me motivated. Thanks for the tips!

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                    #10
                    Conan.
                    Last edited by Redline; September 25, 2020, 01:59 PM. Reason: Added link for clarity... I'm not sure this makes it much more helpful, though.

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