A Message To Beginner Lifters.

From The Desk of Maverick Brenton.
Subject: Going Back To The Basics.


I have a message for those of you looking to get bigger and stronger in the gym.

This message is about a lesson I learnt from ten years spent underneath the bar.

And it’s a lesson, about a mistake I made.

A mistake that had me running around in circles and chasing my tail – going absolutely nowhere for a number of years.

What’s the mistake?

Let me tell you:

That mistake was focusing on what does not matter in the gym, instead of focusing on what does matter in the gym.

It was obsessing over every little detail in my program.

It was trying to find the perfect exercise and the perfect amount of time to rest.

It was doing a million different exercises instead of a few hard exercises.

It was forgetting the reason I started lifting in the first place: to get bigger, stronger and better.

Because of the above – I stayed the same for years.

And I stayed the same until I finally decided to go back to doing what I started with.

The hard and brutal basics that I was first taught.

Bench presses. Squats. Lunges. Deadlifts. Pull-ups. Rows. Overhead presses. Dips.

Hard work with the free weights and stuffing my face with real food – every minute of every day.

That’s what I started out doing and after years of wasting my time searching for the best way to train and eat, I finally realised all that mattered was the basics.

You have to train hard on the basics and you have to eat big at home to fuel your hard training.

Getting bigger and stronger comes down to three things:

A) Moving more weight for a set amount of reps.

B) Doing more reps with the same weight.

C) Eating enough to grow and recover.

That’s progressive overload.

And that’s all you need to know.

So empty your mind of everything else and just focus on doing the above.

You can run around with your head up your ass for as long as you want, taking the best supplements and following the best program – but if you cannot do the three things above, consistently, you will not move forward.

Do you understand?

There is way too much information floating around now and you do not need to know most of it.

When I started out all I had was barbells, dumbbells, plates and the desire to get bigger and stronger.

I didn’t have a program, I didn’t have any supplements and I didn’t waste my time on the internet looking for either of them.

I just worked hard and ate everything in sight.

And guess what?

It worked.


If you’re in doubt just go back to the basics and do not waste your time overthinking.

Spend your time busting your ass at the hard, old school exercises that make champions.

After you have worked hard on them you can throw in whatever you want for some fun.

Until Next Time.

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