Top 5 Beginner Mistakes


Over the years I have worked with hundreds of beginner clients who were new to. It is my duty as a fitness professional to help educate & coach individuals on how to live a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise & good nutrition.

To help guide & kick start you off on your fitness journey, I would like to share my top 5 beginner mistakes.

1. Going Too Extreme

Newbies to the gym often make the critical error of jumping in with two feet, following a rigorous exercise routine, exercising 5-6 hours per week. This is simply not sustainable for most people and you will more than likely stop after only a few weeks. My advice, start off slow and commit to just 2-3 hours of exercise per week and see how you progress.

2. Having Unrealistic Expectations

People who are new to fitness often have unrealistic expectations of what they can achieve in a short period of time. Like most things in life, if you want something, it’s going to take time and you’re going to have to work hard to achieve it. Improving your fitness, losing weight, building muscle takes weeks, months & years to master. My advice, adopt fitness into your lifestyle and enjoy the process of becoming the strongest best version of yourself.

3. Not Measuring Progress

If you’re not measuring your progress, how do you know if what you’re doing is working? If you are serious about achieving your fitness goals, you must monitor your progress. Doing so will help you reach your goal quicker. My advice, take your weight 2-3 times per week, monthly progress pictures, fortnightly body girth and log your training daily.

4. Not Making Time for Recovery

Recovery is key for all fitness goals. Making time for recovery will dramatically improve your performance, reduce your risk of injury and will promote more fat loss and muscle growth. My advice, have at least 2 complete rest days per week and perform mobility & soft tissue work for 10 mins most days. Your body will thank you for it!

5. Eating a Bad Diet

If your diet is whack then your results & performance will be too! Your body is like a car and the food you eat for energy is the fuel. For a car to run properly it needs to the right type & amount of fuel, your body is much the same. My advice, eat real food (meat, potatoes, veggies, fruit etc), consuming at least 3 portions of protein, carbohydrates and fats per day with each meal and drink 2-3 litres of water each day as part of a healthy balanced diet.

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