Saw this on another site, Bryce Lane.'s
(Boss B s the screen name)
in the thread "just Startin Out". Interesting, because we throw the terms around about building a foundation, build up work capaity, but what really are we talking about?
Anyway, tks to Bryce and tjdin, I think this pretty well sums it up
Copied from an HGRT posting by Dave Maurice:
What is a foundation?
1) Mastery of form on all the big lifts.
2) A base of conditioning. This might be decided in terms of being able to move briskly through a workout, in being able to play some game (basketball, soccer) for some time without ollapsing, or even in terms of performance of some endurance type activity.
3) A decent level of flexibility.
4) Having your out-of-the-gym variables down to habit. Diet and sleep - it isn't enough to know what you should do, you must do and do consistently.
5) Discipline to maintain control and form when a set becomes very hard.
6) No big strength/development discrepancies. Squats and deads well above bench, chins and rows on a par with bench, and so on.
7) The ability to push a set of ANY and ALL of the big lifts to the limit.
8 ) Substantial size and strength improvements from your starting point. That level will vary between people.
This seems vague and specific enough to be useful, when you think about what he's saying. I think he is specifically answering the question ,"when do I get to do advanced stuff?" So maybe a little of target here.
Ed note-I stickied this for the novice types
but feel free to comment, reply etc.