There is one thing that people continue to do because they are either unaware (which is most of the time) that they are doing it or simply don’t believe in these methods.
And that’s on how to properly exercise.
How to properly execute an exercise in a consistent and right fashion so that you can get the best results possible while also helping yourself to stave away from injuries.
But being a trainer for 11 years now, I’ve had plenty of experience where you try to approach someone like this and nicely correct them, the person either just disregards you or gets embarrassed and tells you to go away.
Of course, there have been plenty of people who take the advice and appreciate the gesture but there were also many, probably more than there should be, that was rude about it.
But moving on there are a few things you can do to make sure you're doing things properly especially if you are new to the gym.
I would say this applies more to you than anyone. Or someone who’s been very on and off and hasn’t been consistent. These things won't fix or give you all the answers, but they can point you in the right direction.
Learn the basics before you learn anything.
Learn the basic exercises first because if you understand those well, they will help you understand how to do other exercises you want to try.
They will also allow you to understand your body a lot better as well.
You’ll get to know your strength levels, test your flexibility and mobility, things that you will want to know at first.
Exercises such as pushups, pullups, squats, lunges, deadlifts, shoulder press, lateral raise, back rows.
These exercises should be completed multiple times at the start, in a full-body workout fashion for the first month so you can get a good groundwork for working out.
Don’t always be willing to rush and dive into the latest trend of what school to try just because you saw it on Tik Tok and Instagram.
I have never stopped anyone from trying something and if you really want to try an exercise go for it. But learn the fundamentals and be good at them.
There are steppingstones and learning curves to everything you do and doing this will give you a good base for exercise.
Seek out help if need be.
If you don’t know anything about any exercise, find someone like me who knows how the body should be moving and performing during an exercise to show you and teach you.
I won’t lie some people can walk into a gym and grasp the concept of exercise better than others. It doesn’t mean they know everything about everything right off the bat, that simply doesn’t exist.
But they have a natural ability to learn things faster and just understand the body and its movements better than others.
And then some people struggle to grasp body mechanics and their movements. I have had the pleasure of training both types of clients.
And this goes for anything. Someone could be natural at writing or some form of art or have natural beastly strength or be better at math than others.
It's your pre-dispositioned genetics and if this isn’t you in a certain area you want to be better in then that’s fine, there is no need to worry.
Because one thing to remember is, is that hard work is always trumped over natural ability so if you keep working at what you want, regardless of what it is, then you’ll grow in that area.
But if you are not confident, find a friend or someone who knows their experience and education in weighted gold and learn from them.
Start your fitness experience off right by learning the fundamentals properly, and then if you want, start branching off to other means of exercise such as calisthenics or Olympic lifting, etc.
YouTube can be a friend or a foe but regardless you’ll be learning.
YouTube is a great source of material for finding out how to perform exercises, but it can also be a bad one as well.
But I always say, when you learn something, you’ll eventually learn if it was right or wrong.
So, if you come across bad information that seemed to be good information at the time, you now know not to go by that info anymore.
We all like to think we're right all the time and always want to stay away from making mistakes but that’s simply impossible.
Mistakes teach you lessons and well never get away from those lessons ever. So, there’s growth in mistakes and wrong turns as well.
But find several channels that work for you. If you are just starting out, find channels that will teach you the fundamentals of working out.
Do your research on the channel. It doesn’t have to be a grand search and you don’t have to be spending an hour vetting the person's channel to see if they really know what they are talking about.
Look at their stuff. Put it into action and see for yourself. If they have years of experience and know what they are doing, then perfect. If not, then move on and try something else.
Let go of the ego you never had.
The best thing you can do is to keep your ego at the door.
Don’t act as if you know more than the next guy or do something stupid like comparing your physique to the next person.
You don’t know their story or how long they have been working out or what they have been through.
Why put yourself down about it when you know nothing. Just always be willing to learn more and more. Act as if you are a blank slate.
The moment you start thinking you know all, that is when you stop growing and learning. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have.
This world is so vast with its information and knowledge even someone who is considered a master in their craft can learn something new.
I have been working out for almost 15 years and I still learn new things about my body and working out.
So, get rid of your ego, especially if you’re brand-new. That will stop you from growing.
Your ego is just insecurity you have that you could POSSIBLY be wrong about an area of your life you think you know a lot of but in reality, you know nothing more than what you already know.
Just always be willing to learn and grow and you’ll always keep succeeding.
Pay attention to your form.
Always look to keep improving your form as we are not perfect beings. Every rep that you do, you should be resetting your form.
This might seem hard to do at first but over time it becomes so repetitive and second nature that you do it automatically really helping you to stay in good form throughout your entire workout.
You become faster at doing it and will increase the chance of your form being done right for every rep.
Now, of course, later into each set you will eventually fail as your muscles will tire but this is the mentality you want to have. Always look to keep it as best as possible when working out.
There are no perfect 10 steps to learning how to exercise properly or seeing what the best route to take is.
There are of course guidelines you can follow such as these rules you can go along.
But like everything else in life, there are just some things you will have to figure out on your own which you know you will come across when you do.
learning how to properly exercise takes time and effort but like anything else in life, the more planned and consistent effort you make, the more results you get. And whether those results are good or bad, you’re learning.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist. This is all from the experience I have gained through myself and through schooling I have taken from a health and fitness course. Through my videos, I share my personal and educational experience that I have acquired over the past years of training individuals through fitness and nutrition.
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