You might have heard the benefits of strength training for healthy ageing however, if you’ve never been a ‘gym person’ then chances are you have no idea where to start. The gym can definitely be an uncomfortable environment to enter into and can seem pointless especially if you don’t know what you are doing and have no direction. Rather than struggling through the first few months going through the motions not enjoying yourself and maybe throwing in the towel, try implementing these 3 tips to help get you up to speed and seeing tangible results from your training!
1. Define your goal
This is the first and most important step and the place that I see most people fail, including myself sometimes. When your reason for doing strength training is poorly defined, you are unable to track your results and it’s easy to feel as though you aren’t getting anywhere, which can suffocate your motivation. Start by making a SMART goal, something that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time conscious. For example, instead of going to the gym to simply lose weight, try and frame your journey as wanting to lose 5 kilos to fit into your chosen outfit for your siblings wedding in 3 months. Like in life, having a purpose is pivotal in maintaining engagement, seeing positive growth.
2. Seek the help of an experienced person who understands your goals
This step is super important in taking the guess work out of what you’re doing. The amount of growth and understanding you can achieve in those initial stages will fast track you straight towards your goal. Making sure this person also uniquely understands your goal is also just as valuable, as cookie cutter approaches rarely have the same impact as something that is tailored to your exact needs. Again, if your goal is time conscious you’re going to want to minimise the time spent treading water initially as that is the most common period to drop off.
3. Get comfortable being uncomfortable
At the end of the day, things that don’t challenge you don’t change you, so you need to understand that a little bit of hard work is going to be necessary if you want to achieve your goal. The first 2-3 weeks are always physically the hardest, where you will pull up sore and notice fatigue, but once your body adapts, you will often find that training will actually improve your energy levels and make you feel better. It’s at this point where we commonly see people get engrossed in training and really start to enjoy themselves. If youre struggling with pain and your body is unable to do that which you wish it, then get in touch and we would love to help get you started on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself you can be!
Dan Ryles – The LIFT. Movement