New to the gym, where to start?

So you’ve finally decided that THIS is your time! You’re finally going to make a change, get in shape, feel good and generally lead a healthier lifestyle. Theres a problem though, you actually have zero idea of where to start ! What sort of training should I do? Do I need to lift weights? Will they make me bulky? Do I need to do deadlifts because they freak me out!? Is cardio best for my goals? etc etc….this list could go on and on!

I’ve complied a general list of points that I feel newbies should focus on. Don’t stress to much about the sets and reps and all that sort of thing, you’ll pick that up along the way. The biggest thing is to focus on the consistency and just getting comfortable coming to the gym and exercising!

Here is my 14 point list for gym beginners to focus on;

  1. Identify your “why,” “what,” and “how” so you can be clear about your goals (you can even write these down).
  2. Try starting with three 30-minute workouts a week to pace yourself.
  3. Get yourself a program – this doesn’t have to be perfect but it will give you direction and allow you to track your progress
  4. Prioritise consistency.
  5. Find other active people to support your efforts.
  6. Do workouts you actually like – you’re more likely to stick with it.
  7. Invest in a great pair of shoes – your body will thank you for it!
  8. To avoid burnout and injury, start slow and build it up
  9. Accept that you’ll have setbacks along the way
  10. Think of working out as an act of self-care.
  11. Master fundamental movements like squats, lunges, presses & pulls before getting too fancy.
  12. Don’t compare yourself to people who are further along in their fitness journey.
  13. Know that results don’t happen right away – it’s a lifestyle change we are going for
  14. Set SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant/Realistic & Timely (Set athletic goals, like doing push-ups on your toes instead of your knees or running a certain distance)

In conclusion, have a plan and try to stick to it. Don’t worry about other people and their journey, comparison is the thief of joy. Celebrate your own successes and enjoy the journey.

‘Fitness’ should be looked at as a journey and not a destination