9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Training
You ever wish you could just rewind time and do certain things all over again differently using the knowledge that you have now? Well, one thing’s for sure I definitely would not be lifting the same way that I used to. Unfortunately, you can’t rewind time but I can teach you all the things I wish I knew when I started lifting. This way you can ensure that you won’t make the same mistakes that I did because those mistakes literally slowed down my transformation by not weeks or months but by years.
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So let’s start with mistake number one, not taking steroids….. just kidding…. the biggest mistake was focusing too much on exercise and not enough on diet. I didn’t start focusing on my diet until my 4th or 5th Year of training. And then I didn’t get really serious about diet until like my 6th year. So it should come as no surprise that in my sixth year of training I got the most results. Probably almost as much as I got in all the other years combined. Whether you’re trying to bulk cut or maintain it all starts with your diet. I used to think that if I exercised more often and harder I would build the body that I wanted. I would try upping my weight as often as I could and I would always be trying new ways to overload my muscles but never really took the time to learn about nutrition. This led me to burn some fat but I still looked like that typical lanky guy that could lift heavy weights but didn’t look the part. It wasn’t until I started really focusing on my diet to the point where a lot of friends and family thought it was an obsession that I started getting really good results… aesthetically speaking. When I started tracking my macros and when I set up a diet plan that I followed consistently…that was when I built a bunch of muscle and got shredded. If you’ve ever heard you can’t outrun a bad diet… well it’s true. The next thing that I would definitely do differently would be incorporate more leg days. I worked my upper body for two or three years before I seriously started working my lower body. Sure I did some Smith machine squats and some leg presses here and there but most of my workouts were totally upper body. When I finally started doing barbell squats I was squatting 95 lbs when I could already bench 225 lbs on the bench press. And ever since then it’s been a long game of catching up. Most guys starting out think that the most important muscle groups are biceps and abs. …If you have an arm specific day and you don’t have a leg specific day you’re crazy. When you work your legs you have the biggest testosterone and growth hormone release when compared with any other body part. This is gonna help not only your leg muscles but also all your other muscles grow. On top of that leg, exercises are going to be the exercises that apply to any kind of functional activity that you do in life, whether playing a sport or picking up a heavy box off the ground so if you want to consider yourself fit you better start working those legs. Another mistake I made was taking pre-workouts to pump me up. The mistake I made with that was taking it daily. Since I worked out almost every day and I was looking to have the best workout I could, every time, it was a good idea to take a pre-workout before every one of my workouts right? No wrong.. what happened was that the Pre-Workout completely lost its effectiveness because my body developed a tolerance to it. So I started trying different pre workouts. And each of them lost their effectiveness faster than last. The biggest problem was that now on the rare occasion that I didn’t take a pre-workout I felt like garbage at the gym. Like I had no energy at all because my body was so accustomed to the Pre-Workout. Now I know that the best way to use your pre-workout is maybe once or twice a week. This way it doesn’t lose its effectiveness and you can make sure that you only use it on the days that you’re gonna really try to push yourself and lift really heavy. Speaking of lifting heavy that’s one thing that I would definitely not change. I highly recommend that push yourself with the weight load that you use and always up your weight after you’re able to do an exercise for 8 or more reps. The one thing that I do wish I did differently regarding this topic is I wish I had better form when trying to Target certain muscle groups for growth. So if I was trying to specifically work on my chest I would still get caught up in lifting the heaviest weight that I possibly could and then I would wind up incorporating a lot more shoulders and triceps
My passion for fitness began when I was 14 years old. I naturally fell in love with training and haven’t stopped since. At 18 years I acquired my first personal training certification from ACE after which I opened my first gym in 2011, Gravity Training Zone. I'm now in the process of opening up my third location! I love to share my knowledge through personal training, my online courses, and youtube channel now with over 100,000 subscribers! I'm always here for my customers so if you need help don't hesitate to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org