As you will learn or have already learned, a break is required between programs. That break can come in the form of an active break or a full break from weight training and all vigorous activity. These breaks should last anywhere from one week to two weeks.
After each of your breaks, you'll be starting out with a new program and a new chance to make unbelievable progress yet again.
Starting out with lighter weights will prolong each workout program and give you a better chance to make progress for a longer period of time. With each workout program, your goal should be to make progress for as long as possible. As long as you are increasing the weight and/or reps, you are making progress.
It doesn't matter if you are increasing the weight by just a small amount. Small weight increases lead to huge weight increases in the long run. For example, if you increase weight by just 2.5 pounds on average each week, that's a 130 pound increase for the year.
If you can do that on most exercises, you will make absolutely amazing gains. Your body will transform within that year.
Start out with lighter weights purposely. You can always increase the weight by larger amounts in the coming weeks. After a break, even light weights will provide you with results because your muscles have become unaccustomed to heavy weight, increased volume, increased intensity, and/or increased frequency.
Lighter weights will allow you to work your way back up to more volume, more intensity, and higher workout frequency without adding too much fatigue.
If you go all out with heavy weights at the beginning of a program, you will overtrain sooner. You will have to cut the program short and miss out on potential gains that would have occurred. Trust me… you don't want to miss out on potential gains.
Start out light. Start out easy. Don't push it too much in the first few weeks of each program. You have plenty of time to increase the weight in the upcoming weeks. Be patient and the gains will come very soon.
I see too many people who ignore this advice and end up having to terminate a program early.
I get too many emails from people telling me how sore they are after the first workout. You should not be doing so much that you get really sore from the first workout after a break. Some of them tell me they can barely walk.
Some of them tell me they can barely move their arms.
This is because a bad decision was made on their part. You must start out with light weights. It's as simple as that.
Take it easy for the first few weeks. You should not get extremely sore from a workout. If you do in the first week or so of a program, you started out too heavy and you pushed yourself too hard. Throttle back. Take it easy.
Take this advice. If you choose not to, your gains will suffer down the road. You have to be willing to set yourself up for bigger gains in the latter weeks of a program. Take it from someone who has been in your shoes. I've made all the mistakes. Learn from my mistakes. Start out light and easy.