a few minutes ago
Picture says it all really. But how do we decide what is dumb in the gym and what is not? Well, context applies here. I'm gonna pop off a few points.
1. If you are a beginner lifter you need to worry about perfecting your technique on the main lifts and progression over time more than you need to worry about anything else. Forget about triple drop sets and 4 different variations of triceps extensions. That's the dumb shit in this situation. Why? Because you aren't nearly advanced enough to need anything like that. A beginner lifter can make fantastic progress without doing half the shit an advanced lifter has to do to eke out gains.
2. While touching on perfect technique, how do we define it for a beginner? Bring the weight from point A to point B, using a full range of motion and a controlled tempo. Repeat. 'But, but, constant tension, mind to muscle connection, intent, etc.' For a beginner? Dumb shit. Why? Because you aren't nearly advanced enough to need anything like that!! Of course you can't feel your lats contracting hard on that 30 kilo barbell row. It's 30 kilos and your lats have the width and density of a thumb. Build up to triple that weight with the same form and worry about a contraction or two then. You can't 'focus' 90 kilograms of tension into your lats with a 30 kilogram bar, so let the external load do it's job for the time being.
3. How do you know if you're a beginner? Sounds like a stupid question, but I know of guys that have spent 4-5 years in the gym who still display the strength, ability and development of a beginner. Hell, I was the same. Then I found out I was weak. 5 years of 'training' and you can't bench 100kg? Squat 140kg? Deadlift 180kg? Perform 8 full chin ups? And you're performing a 'chest day'? Dumb shit. Why? Again, you aren't nearly advanced enough to need anything like that!
I get it, this post comes off as judgemental and passive aggressive, and you don't have to qualify yourself to me and all that, so you do you and concentrate on your pecs contracting against that 14kg of tension on those cable flyes. Enjoy the long way around to progress. I've been there, it's not that scenic.