That trademark late night #throwback.
As far as it goes I was a skinny little kid up until I started tracking my food and really making an effort to almost force feed myself. On the left I'm 17 going on 18. I played a lot of sport but I rarely actually trained. Did some sit ups and press ups on my bedroom, y'know?
When I left home for university I finally took up training, which felt like it had been a long time coming. I began training with no split, focusing on key movements every single session. Squat, bench, clean and press, pull ups every session (no deadlifts...). Following that I did a bro split, and for many years I stuck with it in one form or another. P.s. If you enjoy a bro split, Max OT training is a fantastic programme to follow...
Anyway, I loved it. I loved going and lifting, I loved pushing myself, and I loved learning and trying everything I could to grow. But I think the important thing is, and the point I want to drive home, is that I LOVED THE PROCESS. I was NEVER fixated on or desperate to see progress, or at least I understood it would take time.
If i could give 3 pieces of advice to a brand new lifter, they would be:
1️⃣ fall in love with the process. You'll be having so much fun, absorbed in your little lifting world that time will fly. Before you know it you're benching 100kg (a big milestone in fairness!) and you've put 2 inches on your arms. Progressive overload is key here.
2️⃣ start tracking your food immediately. Eat A LOT. Put yourself in a healthy surplus and train hard (progressive overload... again)
3️⃣ don't even consider steroids. You have many, many years and kilograms of untapped, natural potential. Fulfil it. And educate yourself along the way.