Why all newbies are advised in the same way? Aren't we all different?
Let’s suppose you are new to PE and just found this Forum. Something in your guts tells you it’s no bulsh**, the information is genuine and you’re about to begin a wonderful journey. You know you have to read as much information as possible and you are excited to already see answers for questions that concerned you for long time before.
You don’t miss the advices for the newbies, telling you to begin slowly, until your unit gets conditioned and you get some experience. You are advised to follow the newbie routine for at least three months and continue it as long as you gain.
You want to find out more about PE and read the posts of veterans. There are a lot of descriptions of routines (some of them specifically advanced) with their benefits, which may appear more appealing than the Newbie Routine.
Then you read that each of us is different and you have to find out what works for you, what fits you best. At this time you feel a little bit confused. You take some courage and make your first post on the Forum: “Please advise me, where should I begin?” You get a lot of short answers directing you to the Newbie Routine. You feel a little disappointed.
Does it sound familiar to you?
I’m going to make an analogy with mining, which should clarify things.
Some minerals may appear in large quantities as surface deposits. In these lucky cases surface mining is employed. There are excavators, trucks, conveyor belts. Rather simple, inexpensive, but very efficient tools.
After a certain time the surface deposit is exhausted, but the geologists know there is more underground. The surface equipment is no longer useful. Other actors enter the scene. Tunnel boring machines, pick hammers, elevators, mine trains. The equipment is much more expensive, the work is harder, more risky and much less productive than surface mining was.
PE is much the same. When someone begins PE, his unit has a big potential for expansion. It doesn’t need anything else than just pulling and filling it. The Newbie Routine is simple, easy and very efficient in converting that potential into rapid gains. This unique, first timer potential is like a gift we get when beginning PE, but it is exhausted in a few months. We notice it when hitting a plateau in gaining. Than it’s time to bring the heavy artillery of advanced routines into play.
Now I hope newbies will understand that the advice of veterans for starting always with the Newbie Routine is not a sign of disconsideration. It doesn’t mean newbies are underrated, or considered unworthy for complex exercises. It’s about newcomers still having that potential for easy gains that is best exploited by the Newbie Routine. You don’t want to dig tunnels in a surface deposit; it’s more difficult, more dangerous and less efficient than simple surface mining.
Starting BPEL: 6.9" (Dec.1st, 2008)
Current BPEL: 8.11" NBPEL: 7.63" BPFSL: 9.09"
Current MEG : 5.6"