The First 100 Days
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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
One of the questions I get asked frequently is how to get into shape when you’re an absolute beginner. If you’ve been sedentary for years, don’t have a history of athleticism, don’t know your way around a gym, are deconditioned or simply don’t know where to begin, this program is for you.
What can you expect? We’ll start slowly, with basic exercises and simple routines. Early on, the workouts can be done without any equipment, and as you progress through them you’ll build on skills you learned in earlier workouts and add in equipment and intensity. The ‘goal’ of this program is to build functional strength, familiarize you with traditional exercises, and improve cardiovascular endurance. If you have more specific goals, such as running a 5k or working toward an aesthetic goal, this probably isn’t the right program for you. This program contains a lot of variety. I wrote it this way for three reasons: to keep you from getting bored, to build a broad base of skills and generalized fitness, and to allow you to try out different exercise styles so you can start to identify things you enjoy. At the end of these 100 days you’ll be stronger and fitter than you are now, you’ll have more confidence in yourself, and you’ll have an idea of where you want to go from here.