A Plan is a MUST
Getting to the gym is great and anything, done with good form, is going to leave you in a better place than where you started. Having said that, aimless training focused on whatever machine, bench or weight is free isn’t the optimal approach to build muscle. Even a simple Push, Pull, Legs routine, like the one I shared earlier, is a great place to start.
This will allow you to track strength gains and give you a base to adapt as you become more experienced in the gym.
Take Progress Photos
You’ll get this advice from most trainers but it was something I avoided from the beginning. I mean, who wants a folder full of photos of themselves, miles away from their desired shape?
But, I started over the last few weeks and would recommend this for everyone on any sort of fitness journey. Everyone has days where they feel flat and question whether or not any improvements are being made (do I even lift, bro?) and looking back over your progress will offer a boost when it’s needed most.
The Importance of Nutrition
As much as we wish it did, spending an hour in the gym doesn’t give you free rein to eat whatever you want for the rest of the day and it doesn’t negate a weeks worth of bad food choices either! Also, poor sessions at the gym can often be a result of what you have eaten (or not) earlier in the day.
Tracking calories and macros is not essential but it is HIGHLY recommended, particularly if your goals are around weight loss / gain and not just general fitness.
What three things do you wish you knew when you started lifting?
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