When you first begin your journey into working out and becoming a healthier version of yourself, there are so many things to consider. Where am I going? What will I wear? What should I do? There are SO many things to think about, that we often make mistakes along the way, simply due to all of the logistics that go into starting an exercise routine. When I first started in the gym, I made numerous mistakes that set me back in my progress. This post, in addition to the video above, outline a few of the gym mistakes that I regret making (when I was a beginner.) Make sure to follow EVERY piece of advice in the video, otherwise you will likely set back your gym progress tremendously.
Beginner Gym Mistakes
Not Having a Game Plan
By far one of the most common mistakes that beginners make when first starting off at the gym is not going in with a plan. Too often, beginners will go into the gym, look around at the equipment, try out a couple machines, and leave home. Not much is accomplished in the time you are there, since most of the time is spent looking around and thinking about what to do. There are many beginner programs online that you can check out and follow. I would highly recommend having a small plan before going in. If you would like to follow a low-impact exercise program that you can do at home or the gym, we designed one, here!
Expecting Results Overnight
When most beginners start going to the gym, they have extremely high expectations. This typically involves wanting to lose a lot of weight extremely quickly, gaining muscle fast, or any other form of instant gratification. This is a huge mistake, because most results with exercise and health take a long time to notice changes. Focus on the daily attention to working out, and with time your results will come. Not having this mindset will lead you to get frustrated and potentially quit even sooner!
Comparing Yourself To Others
If you are a beginner, and first go into the gym, you will probably notice numerous people around you who know what they are doing. They may have huge muscles, are able to run very fast, or simply just exude confidence in the gym. You have to not make the mistake of comparing yourself to them. This is another way that will lead you to become frustrated with your progress, simply because you do not look like them. Most people who are in the gym to workout are their for themselves. This is exactly how you should be approaching the gym as well.
Following a “Magical” Program
Contrary to the second mistake, some individuals find a “magic” program. These programs will promise you fast results, such as losing 10 pounds in a week. Unfortunately, as already mentioned, these types of quick and easy fixes do not work when getting into fitness. These programs may work for more advanced individuals, or potentially people using steroids. No program is “perfect” and will give the optimal results. Finding and sticking with a beginner program is your ticket to success, fitness, and health.
Doing Exercises You Hate
This may seem obvious. “Why would I do an exercise I hate?” Well, it happens all the time. I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to that say “I just started running, but I hate it.” People may see someone who was out running, and noticed that they were lean. Or, they may have heard that someone used running to help them lose weight. Running isn’t inherently bad, but it is not for everyone. You need to find an exercise program that you enjoy and will stick to for the rest of your life. This is the ONLY way you will be consistent with your fitness and health goals.
These are just a few of many mistakes that a beginner can make at the gym. Make sure to avoid doing them yourself, to get the most out of your gym time, and health journey!
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