Recommended "pre-" strength program?

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    Recommended "pre-" strength program?

    Hello!

    So I am a long time lurker, first time poster, and have used a lot of tips from Darebee on and off for years, but I finally want to make this exercise thing consistent.

    My goal is to eventually get into the strength+tone/strength+size programs to build and sustain muscle growth/tone, but I first wanted to start lighter to really make working out a daily habit before committing to something more rigorous (knowing myself, less likely to jump ship that way). I am in my 20s and a healthy weight, but currently no regular exercise/movement so I would be starting essentially going from couch to a daily exercise program (except for occasional walks in the park). I have been physically active in the past but... it's been a while.

    Any recommendations for a program based on these goals and where I'm currently at? I was looking at the "Foundation" program, would that be a good place to start? I typically try to find the "perfect" program before starting something, but admittedly that often leads to inaction... so this time I want to try stop overthinking it and just get going.

    Thank you in advance!

    #2
    Hi! Welcome to the Hive!

    Usually everyone here starts with either Foundation or Foundation Light programs, the former is better if you used to work out before.

    Not everyone's journey has been/is the same though, for example, I used to do any other exercise like squats or jumping jacks daily, and instead of doing either of those programs, I started with Athena's Playbook because I liked it, which did awesome to my body but I handled the gains in a wrong way, especially by attempting to do a difficult exercise without caring on my body's endurance or checking what were those gains in the first place, and as result, I was out of the game for 2 weeks because of a knee injury.

    So, I advise you to start with Foundation or Foundation Light while you get to know the basics of Fitness or go deep into them as well as knowing your body, you could start thinking on building your own fitness routine for when you finish the program, Darebee has some handful Training Plans that you could check and guide yourself with. If you'd like to spice it up at some point, you could go for the Epic Five program along Foundation, it will add some nice 5 minutes to your session where your progress could be constantly tested, and you could build some endurance with it that would serve you great for when you start with strength programs. You could also take the 15 Days of Fitness challenge and then move to the 30 Days of Fitness one, to build the habit.

    Don't get stuck on finding the "perfect" program or routine without taking action, if something I've learned on my years here, is that things can look pretty on visual, but how your body responds to it is another story.

    I hope this helped you a bit. I also advise you to create a Training Log on The Hive, so you can keep your progress on check and others can throw you some advice on it.

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      #3
      Square One program is like Foundation but with a slightly more stress on strength and muscle tone. Seems like a perfect match for your goal.

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        #4
        Go for Square One, immediately!
        As sais, it is already perfect for your goals,
        don't waste time with searching!

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          #5
          Thank you all for the feedback and suggestions!

          Originally posted by HellYeah View Post
          Go for Square One, immediately!
          As sais, it is already perfect for your goals,
          don't waste time with searching!
          HellYeah Thank you, I needed that! I'm done thinking about it and will start with the Square One program and see how that goes.

          stella88 Thank you for the introduction on getting started! I really like the idea of having a flexible plan down the road and with adding things together on my own, hadn't thought of something more organically like that before... I usually think I "have" to stick to a plan. I really like the idea of adding some things into the days for a plan I'm already on, such as the Epic Five program... hadn't thought of that either. I am definitely going to do the 15 Days of Fitness Challenge (love the obtainable-size goal) and I am also off to start a training log now


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