The way you start working out makes a world of a difference in how fast (and safely) you get to where you want to be. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you begin your fitness journey the right way.
Step 1: Identify Your Goals
Before you go out and try all the crazy workouts you see so-called fitness gurus on Instagram and YouTube do, figure out what results you want to see first. That would dictate the type of training you need to do.
If you want to get stronger, for instance, then heavy low-rep resistance training is your best bet. Is getting bigger your main priority? Then you need more volume. Want more endurance? Then some form of aerobic based training might be better for you and if you want a mix of all then CrossFit might just be for you ;)
Step 2: Decide on a Workout Schedule
The next step is to decide on a realistic training schedule that you know you could stick to long term. The last thing you want is to force yourself to work out more often than your schedule and ability to recover allow then end up quitting just weeks into your training. Training shouldn’t be a chore, you should look forward to it. Start small and then build from there.
Keep in mind that it will always be better to train three times a week for decades than five days a week for just one month every year.
Step 3: Seek Professional Help and Guidance
The third step is to get help and guidance from people who know what they’re doing and we’re talking about professional coaches!
This is especially important if you are brand new to fitness and have never had experience in the gym but more importantly, if you have been diagnosed with medical conditions that limit your ability to engage in vigorous physical activities.
Step 4: Stick With It
The fourth and final step is to power through the initial challenge of transitioning from being sedentary to working out regularly. We promise training will eventually become so natural to you that you’ll start feeling weird for taking days off from the gym and this is where a sensible coach will ensure you are training with the right stimulus but also resting and recovering enough.
Start Your Fitness Journey the Right Way
Keep these tips in mind when you start your training, and I guarantee you’ll not only reach your fitness goals faster, but also minimise your risk for injuries along the way.