When you’re first getting started in the gym, there will be lots of questions to answer.
What should I do first?
Should I lift weights or do cardio?
Should I skip leg day? (the answer is no)
And that’s only a few of the many possible things you might want to know when starting out.
Today, I’m going to share a very simple guide on how to get started in the gym.
Step 1: Follow A Proven Routine
Going to the gym blind is never a good idea, and asking the biggest person you see might not be a good idea either.
The best thing you can do to ensure results is to find and follow a proven routine.
Starting Strength, Wendler 5/3/1, the Kinobody programs, and Stronglifts 5×5 are all excellent programs to build a foundation of strength.
I also have a program in my ebook, The Guide To Gains, which is completely free.
Following these routines will make sure that you’re getting stronger over time which will help you lose fat and build a stronger, leaner body.
Of course your diet matters a lot too, but a great diet with a terrible program won’t help you build the body you’re looking for.
Step 2: Consistently Set Smaller Goals
Lets say you have a goal of losing 20 pounds.
That’s a lot of weight to lose if you really think about it.
If you’ve ever held a 5 pound bag of sugar it’s not exactly the lightest grocery item, so imagine handling 4 of them.
That would equate to the amount of weight you’re trying to lose.
Let’s make this much easier for you.
Instead of trying to juggle 4 bags of sugar, take care of just one at a time.
In terms of weight loss, it’s much easier to lose 5 pounds instead of losing 20 pounds.
Plus you can set a goal of losing 5 pounds in 30 days, and in just 4 months you’ll reach your goal.
That may seem like a long time, but it will go by faster than you think once you get into a routine.
You can take this same concept to building strength.
Instead of trying to add 20 pounds to a lift, just add 5 pounds each time you get all the sets and reps you were going for.
You might be surprised how fast you improve.
Step 3: Schedule Your Gym Sessions
One of the most common problems I hear in the gym is people missing workouts.
They were too busy, didn’t have time, didn’t have energy, or whatever other basic excuse they could think of.
Yet there’s the other group of people who work 8-12 hours per day, have a family, and still get to the gym 2-4 times per week every week.
What is the difference between these two types of people?
The people who are most consistent over time with their workouts are the ones who show up at the same time on the same days.
Schedule your workouts like you’d schedule going to your job, or a doctors appointment.
Make it a non-negotiable and your results will come much sooner.
Make a plan, follow the plan, and get results.
That’s really all there is to it.
And if you’re looking for a deeper guide to getting the results you want, be sure to download a copy of my ebook here (it’s 100% free):