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    Art
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    I'd have never stopped training, no matter what equipment I lost or how disgusted I got about it.
    I would also have gotten into Kbell training as soon as I could, used better form, and I'd like to think I'd have done fewer stupid things outside the gym because they were 'cool'.

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    Default All good stuff....

    What I would do is instead of getting bodybuilding magazines for 6 years, I would have invested in books.

    Also, I would gone to more seminars.
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    All good points thus far - fanatical attention to form; always avoid training to failure; practice, don't workout are my favorites.

    Back in 1990, PTTP, ETK, and Beyond Bodybuilding were only a gleam in Pavel's eye. But if I had had them I would have done PTTP first, ETK, and then Beyond Bodybuilding to reach my goals back then. I would have avoided two significant injuries.

    If I had my goals of today in mind back then, I would probably do PTTP, ETK with PTTP on variety days until I reached the ROP goals. Then I would add more advanced deadlifting cycles on variety days, and enhance ROP with VO2 Max.

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    I wouldn't have spent as much time as I have on my own program designs. While I have a better understanding of this now, much of my gains where mediocre at best for quite some time. I would pick one or a few great programs by on of the great coaches and use it. Over time I could tailor things to my own need.

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    I wouldn't have trained during two months without any week off. Now I'm going to practise full three weeks every month, then a few days lighter, then one or two days off, then test. After the test I'm going to GTG with a new number of reps.

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    I would have liked to have spent less time on machines and more time with a barbell as well as keeping the reps lower and increasing the sets. Amazingly my old school, despite having competitive sports teams, still has IMHO a terrible gym. No free weights in sight. Health and safety! Load of old tosh.

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    I'd have spent my teen years in bodyweight training instead of tennis. I have some asymmetries that plague me to this day. Picture a pro tennis player hitting a serve. One arm fully overhead, the other pulled down and across to initiate turning the torso. The torso shaped like a parallelogram instead of a rectangle, driving from one foot. That's me after some 10yrs of tennis growing up. Every few weeks I reach a new PR with some lift, hindered by a stretched ulnar nerve or one lat tighter than the other or one hip stiffer than the other. I do make progress, but I'm only hindered by my own mobility. I don't remember the last time I was actually impeded any length of time by a simple lack of strength.
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    1. When I was a teenager, I would have begun my strength training based on the synaptic facilitation model as laid out in Pavel's books and articles.

    2. When KB's became commonly available, I would have bought two 16kg bells and lifted for really long sets before moving up to the 24kgs.

    3. I would have done more joint mobility work to prevent the tendinitis that's derailed my GS competing this year.
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    Good form, not forced.

    Also find a program & follow it. Cycle/wave. Not go to failure.

    Basically I wish I'd found Dragon Door 13 years ago instead of just over a year ago. Or at the very least got a book with a decent program rather than doing things randomly.

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    If I could go back to day one I would choose not to have done bodybuilding at all except for deadlifts, various trap movements and maybe squats. I put on muscle very easily but bodybuilding doesn't suit my frame. Being tall and lean with naturally small joints didn't work well when trying to challenge myself when the lighter weights got too light. Being young, naive and full of piss and vinegar made me push through because of the appearance benefits despite the damage to my body. I learned to train smarter with weights after some years but I'll never set foot in a hardcore gym or use a machine ever again. One can get good benefits with bodybuilding with the right training but im of the opinion that it teaches the muscle groups to work seperately instead of in unison if too much isolation work is done. For me its body weight and KB now. Love it!

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