Everyone makes errors when starting out, it’s absolutely nothing to be worried about and, with a few quick tips, we can jump the start a little to avoid some of the most common mistakes.
So, let’s have a look at four rookie gym errors and how to avoid them.
I see a lot of people tie themselves in knots before even making it to the gym. Which one should I join? What should I wear? What time should I go? What’s my routine?
Everyone carries a bit of nervousness in the beginning, don’t worry about it and just get started. Remember, no one knows what they are doing right away, you won’t be the only novice and there really is only one way to get over the initial fear.
Too much too soon
You’ll see this one a lot – people who go 100mph for a few weeks, burn out and never go back. Make sure you start at a maintainable pace and one you can commit to long-term. If you have never stepped foot inside a gym before, don’t plan to go 7 days a week – 3 is enough to make a MASSIVE difference and you can build from there. A simple push, pull, legs routine is a great place to start.
Should I be bulking or cutting?
The quick answer is IT DOESN’T MATTER. It’s too early to be worrying about whether to cut or bulk – if you are new to the gym, it is possible to build a little muscle and lose a little fat simultaneously. Just get started and spend your first six weeks or so learning the basics. You’ll be in a better place to tackle specifics from there.
Going too heavy
You don’t have to try to match someone who has lifted for years. It’s not a good idea to ‘impress’ your pals by struggling through a set with bad form at your absolute max weight. Take your time, start out light and focus on feeling each movement. That’ll build a base to serve you for years to come.
Like I’ve said before, the most important step is the one through the gym door. Get yourself in there, push stuff, pull stuff and enjoy the process.
What advice do you give to beginners? Did you make any of these errors in the beginning??
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