For many years, I struggled to find a gym teacher willing to let me what I researched around the internet... They always looked at me, saw that I was fat (I am fat... 118kg right now, and 1.78 meters tall), and conclude I must lose weight, and give me lots of cardio or lots of machine-based exercise with lots of reps (like 3 sets of 25 reps).
First, to me those felt like wasting time, they rarely made a difference (ie: I would after six months use weights just a little bit higher than where I started), and every time I stopped, it undid everything 100%.
Recently I found a mostly shitty gym (ie: crap equipment, mediocre maintenance, no rubber flooring anywhere...) with a teacher willing to teach me free weights and serious heavy weight lifiting, it was the first time I did a squat for example.
In that gym, I almost doubled all the weight amounts I was using in all exercises in 4 months, for example squat I went from 20kg on the first day to 80kg, that common biceps exercise I forgot the name in english, I used on my first day a 5kg dumbbell and ended using a 14kg one.
Then I stopped (after those four months) because of perosnal problems, and did not went back for 10 months.
Then one day I visited the gym, and did some exercises, and several of them I could do just barely less than what I could before (example, when I stopped I could do 44kg bench press, when I visited the gym, I could do 38kg, and in the next week in another visit could do 42kg)
My question is: Why a strength focused training you can skip almost 10 months of training and don't get much worse, but when you do the typical gym training (that I have no idea what he objective is, beside losing weight) if you skip the gym your body gets fucked up?