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5 Mistakes to Avoid when Starting out!

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

New to Fitness - Go YOU! Congrats on taking the first step!

Before you get going, take a moment and read through this list so you make the most of YOUR time and set yourself up for SUCCESS!

Here are 5 of the biggest mistakes you should avoid! It’s mostly mindset issues. Going in with the right attitude and expectations is key to achieving your goals. Hopefully these tips can save you some frustration down the line!

  1. Comparing yourself to others. Everyone’s journey and timeline looks different! Eyes on your own paper ;). Pay attention to your own growth and victories! You can use others accomplishments to motivate you, but don't use them as a measuring stick to compare to.

  2. Focusing on performance. Especially when you’re first starting out with a new fitness experience…your numbers don’t need measured. How much you lift isn't the focus. How fast you run isn't the focus. The most important part is to keep showing up. Consistency is the focus. Your goals for the first 90 days should be focused solely on consistency, not performance. You’re new to this gig. Look for progress over perfection!

  3. Ignoring your nutrition. If you start a new workout routine and you’re suddenly exercising way more than you used to, you need to take a serious look at what you’re eating and drinking, too! This is especially true for those that are attempting some sort of restrictive diet when they begin a new exercise program (which we generally don’t recommend). If you’re not getting much protein, you’re going “low carb”, or not eating enough calories in general, you may not be giving your body the fuel it needs to succeed, or the resources it needs to recover and grow. You might also need to adjust your eating schedule to make sure you’re not working out on a totally empty stomach. We strongly recommend checking in with a nutrition coach if you feel you aren't fueling how you should.

  4. Unrealistic expectations. To be honest, we can’t blame anyone for this one. The media and fitness culture has created all sorts of ridiculous standards for what a human physique looks like, and a whole host of predatory diet products and programs to reinforce these ideas. Real, lasting changes take time and consistency. There’s no shortcuts or special tricks. Expecting to get super shredded in a month or look like a supermodel just isn’t realistic for most humans! This ties back to #2 as well — rather than focusing so hard on the outcome you want, focus on showing up and giving your best effort! Those are things we can control.

  5. Trying to do it alone. There are some people out there who can walk into a big gym facility (a big room full of machines) and know what they need to do, know how to do it safely, and can actually stick to it for long term results. All by themselves. However, that percentage of people is actually VERY small! Sadly, most people think they “should” be able to figure all this stuff out by themselves. It’s OK to ask for help with this stuff! There’s a reason people train to become fitness and nutrition coaches. Hiring a coach for your workouts or nutrition program takes the burden of expertise and planning off your shoulders. You just show up and do the things your coach asks of you, and the results come. Your risk of injury goes down since you have consistent feedback on your movements. You have someone there to keep you motivated when things get hard. Plus it’s just a lot more fun that way.

At COREFIT, our whole program is designed to help you get over these hurdles from the first day. We’ve developed a super supportive, noncompetitive environment where we celebrate progress on a personal level every chance we get. If you’re ready for a training studio you can call home for the long haul, sign up for a Free Find YOUR Fit Consult today!

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