Avoid Newbie Pitfalls
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
Avoid Newbie Pitfalls by David Allen
Beginner exercisers make lots of mistakes and I see them every week at the gym.
If you are a beginner to exercise, or just aren’t quite sure if you are doing things right, you can avoid newbie pitfalls and ensure you are on the right track by taking a little time to learn a few things.
David Allen, in his article on Elite FTS, goes through some of the most common mistakes that beginners are making and let’s you know how you can overcome them.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Stop wasting money on so many supplements. Are supplements beneficial? Yes. However, especially as a beginner, you don’t need to spend all your money on supplements. Supplements I typically suggest are whey protein, a multi-vitamin and fish oil. If you want to learn how to not waste your time and money with supplements check out an article I wrote here.
- Take advice from someone with more knowledge and experience than you. This may seem uber obvious, but as a newbie to training it pays to learn from someone who knows what they are doing. You can find great information from books, podcasts and blogs (Like this one of course!) or hire a coach to give you a jump start.
- Learn proper form from the start. Fixing bad habits takes lots of time, so learn the proper form from the beginning. Understanding how to perform lifts like the squat, deadlift, row, shoulder press and bench press will help you avoid injury and get the most out of your training.
The biggest takeaway I have for newbies is to GET HELP.
This doesn’t mean you have to necessarily hire a trainer (Though you probably should if you don’t know anything about how to exercise) but it does mean that you should get informed.
The pitfalls David talks about are common for beginners, but they also exist for people who have been exercising for a significant period of time.
You are never too old to continue learning, regardless of how much experience or knowledge you have. Heck, I’ve been training since the 5th grade, learned a great deal from my strength coaches along the way, other fitness professionals, a world class internship and my own daily research, yet I still have tons to learn.
Buying the right supplements (If any at all), getting advice from someone knowledgeable and ensuring you have proper form with every exercise you do will help you get results – the thing we’re all after.
What should you do next? Just go!
Choose something you can apply to your life and take action. What have you got to lose?
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