When it comes time to workout, don’t feel like you have to do everything or be able to complete 20 rounds of squats, box jumps, or burpees right off the bat. Go at your own pace. Let the intensity find you. You need a solid foundation of strength and flexibility in order to progress into more demanding workouts. Start light, get your form down, and don’t worry about the mother of three who is deadlifting 250 as you struggle with the bar. Chase your own capacity before chasing the person next to you.
This is your time, your money, and most importantly, your health. If you don’t fully understand something, like your teacher told you in grade two – ASK. If you still don’t get it, ask again. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully grasp the concept, or you think others in the class will get frustrated with you for taking up too much time. We were all rookies at one point. We’ve all been there. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the squat or push-up takes lots of practice and critique from a trained eye. If you need help, just ask.
The longer you immerse yourself in the suck, the less it sucks. You get stronger, build a greater aerobic capacity, and become mentally tough. All of these aspects, combined with experience, allow you to know when to push yourself and when to back off, so that you can attack each workout to the best of your ability. Soon, you’ll come to love the workouts Body Be Fit has to offer. Much like Oliver Twist in Classic Dickens, you’ll be asking, “Please sir! Can I have some more?” Well, maybe not. But you get the point.
Let’s face it, some of the workouts are not fun. Frankly, some of them just plain suck. But when it’s over, you feel a sense of accomplishment and maybe a little queasy. You shouldn’t be pissed that you didn’t get as many reps as the person next to you. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Smile. Laugh. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know. If you’re not having fun please ask yourself, why are you here? Do you enjoy your overall time spent at the gym? Do you enjoy the people, the community, the knowledge and support that it provides?
Too many rookies (and even those of us who have been working out for while) get caught up in overtraining. Don’t be afraid to schedule in a de-load day once per week, or a de-load week every 4-6 weeks where you cut the workouts and intensity in half. You have to think about this from a longevity standpoint. If you’re killing yourself every time you step foot in the gym, week after week, month after month, year after year, you’re going to eventually break down. You need to respect your time outside of the gym. There’s an old weightlifting adage that goes something like: “You don’t get bigger and stronger from lifting weights, you get bigger and stronger from recovering from lifting weights.”