Sometimes I forget how far I’ve come with my own fitness, that is until I start training with the less experienced or brand new beginners. When I train others, it brings me into a new paradigm of what those with lower fitness levels and less knowledge are going through – the very same struggles that I went through some time ago.
If you are just starting out or are thinking about starting, here a few of the common mistakes I see on all different levels:
- A desire to start out fast and begin on a high level. Fitness isn’t something you can will or think your way into so if you’re not at the point you’d like to be, you have to earn that level (whether this is what weights you want to lift, how fast you want to run, how toned you want to be, whatever). Attempting to match others or work at a level you know you aren’t at won’t help you. Start moderately and work independently of your surroundings. Challenge yourself, but not based on what others are doing.
- Slow down on the reps. Until you’re experienced and ready to go more advanced, stick with simple, smooth reps.
- A cynicism in their own abilities. Challenges and pushing yourself are good when you’re on the verge of taking a step forward. I’m surprised at how much some people down play their ability or refuse to give something a try even when I encourage it.
- Focusing on the finishing rather than how to finish. A sit-up to me and a sit-up to you can end up being two different things. You should always focus on doing the exercise right rather than just getting through it.