A 50kg rake walks into the gym, he has absolutely no idea what to do or how to do it but, what he does know is that being 50kg and resembling an unstable young tree is not what he wanted to be.
This kid was me, an insecure, confused & frustrated kid wanting to make something else of himself. I started lifting and learning as much as I could about everything and anything to do with lifting & sports performance and here are 4 things I’ve learnt and wish I could tell my 17-year-old self.
Get A Program – For years my workouts consisted of walking into a globo gym and copying people around me. What did this lead too? Not a whole lot to be honest, I wasn’t much stronger or bigger than I was before I started at the gym. It wasn’t until I got a program from the defence force that I realised what I had been missing out on and started to see some changes in my strength, fitness and muscular size. Get a program and stick to it for at least 12 weeks, this is the minimal time needed to see any real changes.
Leave Your Ego At The Door – The gym, for many, is a place of relaxation, for others it’s a daunting egotistical hole where males flex their egos and pride. Honestly don’t buy into the bullshit, be friendly, be kind and more importantly ask for help when you need it. If I had done this, I would have saved myself from countless injuries and would be 10 times stronger for it.
Your Results are a Direct Reflection of your Actions – If you aren’t getting the results you want it’s no one’s fault except your own. I use to always blame my program, genetics and others for less than optimal results. The day I realised that it was my responsibility for my own health, performance and life I was ten times happier and more driven to succeed. With a shift in mindset, you’ll make it your responsibility to learn why things aren’t working and how to change.
Have an open mind – When I first started working as a personal trainer I literally thought I was god, I knew everything and it was my way or the highway. 8 years on and I’d like to think this has changed, every human is different and everyone is driven by different motivations. There is no “correct” form of training, it comes down to your goals, interests and aspirations. Don’t be that douche bag who talks down on different forms of training.
More is not always better – I always use to think that increasing training volume would result in more gains. I can safely say this is not always true, results are dictated by factors such as intensity, workload, nutrition and recovery. Until your nutrition and recovery are sorted there’s no way another session a day will increase the rate at which you drop body fat or put on muscle. Sort your nutrition, sort your recovery and save yourself hours in the gym.