As a beginner, I messed up…. a lot, and that is ok. I am here to tell you how to not mess up!
- I can not stress this first point enough. Focus on the main compound lifts: bench, squat, and deadlift. This will translate immensely well. I started out benching a lot(even though my bench still sucks), bicep curls, and shrugs. I did this for about 2.5 years. I could’ve been WAY more efficient. As a beginner, I would squat/bench/deadlift on the same day, 3 times a week. These compound movements will strengthen every muscle in your body, shape your body in a desirable way, and help translate a lot better once you’ve been training for multiple years.
- FORM FORM FORM: This goes hand in hand with the first point. I highly suggest taking the time to learn how to do lifts correctly. This will translate well and improve your strength gains, instead of half repping your squats and gaining very little. I will include some Youtube links of guys I follow, who have taught me a lot on proper technique (see below)
- Train hard and efficiently: This means proper form, finding a good program, and giving 100% when you are at the gym. I believe, if you are already at the gym, why not bust your ass? I won’t lie, some days I don’t want to be at the gym. But if I AM there, I will give it my all. If you are having trouble getting motivated, watch this. All joking aside, your time is valuable, get the most out of it.
- Set goals: I always set short term and long term goals for myself, no matter what “level” I am at. For instance, my very first short term goals were: To bench 135 pounds, squat 135 pounds, and do a pull up. Everyone starts somewhere. Short term goals are important because it gives you something attainable quickly. No matter what your goals are, always remember the “Golden Goal”, which is to be happy. None of this matters if you are not happy. Keep that as the focus of what you’re doing.
- Have fun: This is important. Training a lot can wear you down, but remember, this is about having fun and improving your life. If training stops being fun, change it up, step back, and take a few days off. This should be something you do for the rest of your life; so make friends at the gym, set goals, compete, do whatever you need to do to make this a lifestyle and not something you do for 3 weeks. Consistency is key.