Here’s some fitness advice for beginners

When you walk through the Bodyshop door, you’re already winning. When we try our hand in something new, it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed, apprehensive and unsure. Our self-limiting beliefs could definitely get the best of us. However, we would be missing out on so much more, if we just decide to give up without knowing how far we can go. For beginners at Bodyshop, the workouts could look daunting at first but with essential support from our awesome encouraging coaches and community, everything is so achievable.

Start with Personal Training

What we do is challenging, if it was easy we would all be fit. To get the most out of it you need to understand the movements, proper technique, how to adjust workouts for yourself. New people should not be thrown into a class unprepared. This is a recipe for disappointment or worse injury. Give yourself the best opportunity for the greatest success and learn how to do fitness right.

Just Try

“Try it before you decide you can’t.” This is one of the most important advice we can give you. Many recommend to just seriously showing up at the shop. Once you’re there, the rest will be easy. This applies even more so if you are working out at a facility with really good people and great coaches. The rest will just fall into place.

“Just try it.” You can scale everything: number of reps, weight, even the movement. You will feel so accomplished after that first Workout that you will want to come back! Walking into the building is a big deal.”

Don’t compare yourself to others

Another important advice is to never compare your self to others. The only person you should be comparing your self to is your self and the person you were yesterday. Don’t worry about other people. Keep in mind that everyone has different levels, experiences, and abilities. Each one of us has things we are good at and those that we struggle with. It’s your journey so own it. Look in the mirror, that’s your only competition. We just love what these athletes said:

“Compare yourself to ONLY yourself! Track everything so you see your progress. And be open-minded. Things might feel awkward, movements might be tough to grasp, but stepping outside comfort zones is what leads to success!”
“Don’t go in there comparing yourself to others and what they are doing saying you can’t do that. Focus on yourself and what you are capable of NOW. Eventually, you’ll get there, on your OWN time, your OWN schedule. Trust us!”

Start slow, be patient, listen to your body and don’t give up

Be patient with yourself and don’t give up! Emphasize not worrying about what you can’t do now and to just keep working. Things get better in no time. It is important to learn the techniques correctly and everything else will flow smoothly. Build slowly and focus on your form. Keep in mind that the important thing is progress, not perfection.
“Take it slow and allow yourself time to learn. You can aspire to be like the veterans but don’t compare yourself to anyone… we’re all different and we all started as a beginner our first day. Be brave and leave your ego at the door.”
“Start slow! No need to go 5x a week and 100% new diet just to crash and burn 2 weeks later. Sustainable changes take time.”
“Be patient. There is a lot of technical stuff that takes time to learn. And strength and fitness take time to build. Compare yourself to YOURSELF from before and celebrate your victories, no matter how small.”

Keep going back… Don’t quit

Keep showing up at the shop. Trust in the process because doing it slow and steady is the key. Don’t let one bad day or a tough workout stop you from coming back to the shop. It is important to not skip scheduled days because you are sore. However, also remember to not be too hard on yourself as well and allow your body light effort days where you take it easy and savor your little victories.
“Consistency. The more consistent you are attending the shop, the more you will progress.
“Be consistent. No one cares if you modify weights, don’t finish the Metcon or struggle with the lifts. You’ll get better if you’re consistent.”

Track your progress

Results motivate us. Always track your progress. We recommend writing down your results or scores from the very first WOD that you do. Keep track of your weights and times. As you improve, it is great to look back and get more inspired when you see how far you’ve come.
“Record yourself and watch the videos back. Seeing your form is a great way to improve.”
“Just keep going. Take measurements and before pictures for motivation”
“You will see change!! Throw your scale away!! Count and track inches every month!!
“If you don’t know where you were, you don’t know how far you’ve come!”

Check your ego at the door

Check your ego at the door. Being humble is probably the hardest part other than walking through the door most days.” Do it for your self and do not compete against others. Just learn and be consistent.

Leave your ego at the door. Stop when you think you may hurt yourself no matter what others around you are doing. Consistency is the fastest way to see results.”
“Listen to your body – don’t hurt yourself by trying to push yourself too soon! Less weight with perfect form is always better than the opposite.”

Choose your facility wisely and find a good coach

This can’t be emphasized enough – listen to your coaches. Make sure you go to a gym that provides quality coaching and supportive members. Take advice on your form and then, apply it. Ask questions when you have them. Listen and learn the movements to avoid risks of being hurt.

Have fun

Having fun always makes things easier. Take it slow, learn by doing and then just enjoy the ride of becoming a better you!
Other great tips include adding weight to the bar slowly, modifying workouts, not looking at the number on the scale and using measurements, doing more Personal Training sessions to work on technique and weaknesses. Show up early before a workout and work on mobility.
And remember that everyone else was also a beginner once! It’s not just you! Don’t get overwhelmed. Everything is scalable to you, your fitness and abilities. It’s important to set small goals and then work your way consistently to achieve them. Hang in there and conquer that box, we are rooting for you!
“Consistency”. The more consistent you are, the more you will progress.

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