As a trainer, I am constantly asked a few consistent questions. There are a handful of questions asked most often (some being much more awkward than others). One of the frequent inquiries tends to be “what is the quickest way to achieve –insert goal here–“.
This is often asked by people very new to the gym. These people (typically) ask this question rather sincerely… thinking there is some secret that will cause their biceps to explode or their love handles to fall off.
My response is always the same:
“Work hard, Eat right, and give it time.”
Very frequently, these people will then walk off feeling as if I had “cheated” them with my answer. They want the scoop on the perfect program and nutritional (aka supplemental) plan.
The unfortunate truth is though, not only had I not cheated them… my response was one of the few that wouldn’t mislead them.
They are beginners, and that is not an insult or a bad thing. We all started off as beginners, and in many phases of life (or training) we still are. The beautiful truth about being a beginner is that it really doesn’t matter too much. Everything works, literally everything. What matters most is not how you train, but that you do indeed train.
Let me explain:
When I first started my journey of genuinely getting into “fitness”, I (like everyone) wanted the quickest results possible. It didn’t matter to me that I had spent 18 years of my life as an obese kid. I wanted to change my body in
months, weeks, days, now.
It was impossible for me to grasp the fact that it had taken me years to gain all this weight. And as such, it would take me substantial time to lose it as well.
I vigorously searched for that one “magic” program that would get me ripped and shredded. So, I sought out two of my more jacked friends and had them bring me on as their young padawan. Luckily, they agreed to have me and began teaching me their ways.
A few weeks went by and I began to see some mild results. I lost a few pounds, gained a little strength, and learned to flex my pecs (don’t judge me, this is important). I was seeing results and was on top of the world.
After the quick initial results I was hooked and wanted more! Within the next year or so I participated (program hopped) through countless training programs. I finished Insanity, did CrossFit, and tried various bodybuilding routines. They all seemed to work well enough, but I wanted to know what was best.
This is when I took the plunge and began seeking out the top experts in the fitness and nutrition industry. I began reading everything I could from some of the smartest guys around (Eric Cressey, Mike Boyle, Dan John, Anthony Mychal, etc.) all of which I respect very much.
After spending an obnoxious amount of time reading article after article, what did I discover? That this entire time I had been doing everything “wrong“. I was left confused and discouraged.
I asked myself,
“but how? I had seen some solid results. It can’t all be wrong“.
But it was.
It was all wrong.
None of it was right.
None of it was optimal.
But, all of it was exactly what I needed.
Throughout this long drawn-out process of doing everything wrong, I had discovered so many valuable things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
I discovered what does and doesn’t work for my body.
I learned what I could or couldn’t do.
I figured out exactly what I did and didn’t like.
And as a beginner, this is exactly what you need to do as well.
Experiment and figure yourself out, because it doesn’t matter what you do. As long as you work hard, you’ll see results. That is what secretly makes you, as a beginner, the lucky one.
This is not something you should be ashamed of.
This is something you should cherish and revel in.
Because before you know it, you wont be a beginner and it all won’t work anymore. You’ll need a better understanding of yourself to continue making progress. So pay attention, because it gets harder before it gets easier.
Should you follow my path, purchase Insanity, and join your local CrossFit gym?
No, probably not.
Would either of those be wrong?
Maybe, maybe not. But, that doesn’t matter.
As a beginner, don’t worry too much about what is optimal.
Instead, Work hard, be Consistent, and Do what feels right. Even if this is something that is considered “wrong”.
Because “wrong” may be exactly what you need.
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