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Getting started in an unfamiliar world has never been the easiest thing to do! Here are a few easy and simple ways that you can start managing your leap into the fitness world. I have put together a list of 10 basic rules for you to apply to your current lifestyle. Follow these simple tricks, and squeezing a workout in your busy lifestyle will be a breeze!

  • #1 MAKE TIME 
    • When you’re first trying your hand at the gym, and are still slightly uncomfortable, it doesn’t matter WHAT you do in the gym. It just matters that you’re making the effort to schedule in the time to work out. It is scientifically proven that it takes 21 days to create a habit, so stick with it and it will stick with you!
    • “You were born to be a winner, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar  If you want to be truly great at anything in life, you must have a vision, a goal, or a plan. These forms of structure are all ways that we can effectively map out a plan of action. This will help you stay on track and in the right direction towards your goal. Lets face it, your trainer cant be with you 100% of the time when you are working out. The number one reason that people hire personal trainers is because it is the best form of accountability. Without a trainer in person with you, the second best way to deliver a clear and concise form of structure would be to formulate a workout blueprint. 
    • NO NONE in life has reached the pinnacle of success by having the most glorious time of their life. They have to scratch and claw their way to the top. This type of “grind” applies in fitness the same way. For anyone that thinks jumping on the treadmill once a week for thirty minutes is going to make them lose fifty pounds of body fat in a month would is insane. Like a fine wine, perfection comes with time and patience. You need to realize that the journey to your fitness goal WILL NOT be an easy one, you are going to get frustrated, and you are going to want to give up, but no matter what, you must push forward.   You should map yourself out a list of written goals that you want to accomplish. These goals should have a timeline, desired result, and approach to attain the desired result. With these goals, you can make sure that they are realistic and attainable for the time frame you have to work with. Setting these realistic goals will not only help keep you on track, but help you feel a sense of self-accomplishment once you reach them.
    • Being the new person in the gym doesn’t have to be as intimidating as you think. People will often go into the gym and immediately give up and doubt themselves just because they don’t “fit in.” As someone who has been in the gym for 5+ years I will tell you, i don’t always fit in! Stop worrying what others think about you, and stick to the plan. It will all work itself out in the end! When you are first going to the gym and you’re still in the awkward “i don’t know what to do phase” the most important thing to remember is… DO ANYTHING. Its all about getting active, not necessarily following a bodybuilding routine. Stay active, and utilize the time that you spend in the gym. This will help create a higher satisfaction after the workout, ultimately leading to you having a better attitude about heading into the gym!
    • This is a tip i went back and forth with for a while. I have two view points on this topic. #1- I do not think you have to have any specific gear to get a good workout. You could use anything from a gym membership to your own environment and get a phenomenal workout! #2 Although it’s effectiveness in performance is non-existent, i think that having the right gear in the gym can give people a certain edge  that can help them progress in their fitness journey. Sometimes it is as simple as a fitness logo on the side of a shaker bottle that can  make someone second think a nasty habit in exchange for a smarter one.
    • Experts around the world cant recommend this enough. Especially in the beginning, it is crucial to enlist the supervision and guidance of a professional trainer. A personal trainer will offer you a friend that will help you learn the gym language, how to use the machines safely, and they will give you a basic understanding of how to structure a workout routine. There is nothing harder than breaking and old habit. If you let a trainer help you from the beginning, you wont have to deal with those tough bad habits later down the road!
    • If you are new to the gym, or its been a few years since you’ve last seen the iron, make sure you take it slow. As you start back into a fitness journey, you will want to warm up your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to the idea of rigorous exercise. Don’t over complicate this step, just make sure you allow adequate time for stretching before and after your workout. Hydrate during your workout for immediate replenishment of fluids. Easing in to a routine, rather than going balls-to-the-wall right off the bat will ensure an injury free path to success!
    • If you take my advice of tip #6, this tip is covered for you as most trainers will start you out with compound movements. This is a great way to approach a workout routine when you are first getting back into it! These excersises called “compound movements” are simply movements that use a large amount of muscles to execute a movement. For example: in a squat, you utilize your glutes, hamstrings, and quads to generate muscular force and lift the bar. This example of a compound movement helps us strengthen the legs, while stabilizing the core, lower back, and increasing joint strength. These are going to be your fundamental movements that are key to mastering if you want to see a high level of success from more advanced movements.
    • Bringing a friend to the gym or a group fitness class is the best way to overcome any uncertainty in the gym. Having the support of someone that you know and trust will help you in exploration of new machines, workouts, and gym buddies.
    • The largest mistake that i made when i first began by journey 5 years ago, was not asking questions. I subconsciously thought that if i didn’t ask the question, that the answer would magically pop into my head. I quickly found out that this is not the case at all. It was when i started asking people about THEIR workout routines, and THEIR meal plans that i started getting some real feedback to work with. I then gathered what information i wanted to use, and go rid of what i didn’t, and compiled it into my own routine that made sense for me. This is the best way to learn everything you will need to know along your ride! And always remember, you have all the friends you could ask for here at Iron Body Training!

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