Let’s face it. The overwhelming majority of trainees will completely sabotage their “window of opportunity” as a novice.
It’s no secret that if, and only if we take the right approach, our “newbie” gains can be pretty f’ing amazing.
I’m talking getting-accused-of-being-on-drugs amazing.
Unfortunately, most novice lifters make some serious gain-killing mistakes that can potentially set them up for failure for the entirety of their lifting career.
What I am saying is this…
It is very possible (and common) for a beginner to completely miss this unique window of growth, if you will.
I am sure you know someone or about someone who was 107 lbs soaked and wet and decided to take up weight lifting and now looks like a jacked cartoon character.
On the other hand, you may also know someone or about someone who was 107 lbs soaked and wet and decided to take up weight lifting and now looks…the same…maybe 115 lbs.
Fact is this.
Your best and biggest muscle gains will come within the first year of your training.
So you can either take full advantage of your potential and get as big and muscular as possible, or you can keep dicking around and make mediocre gains.
What I want to do today is share the 4 beginner crippling mistakes that are sabotaging your ability to take advantage of this “window of opportunity”.
If you can fix this before it’s too late, then expect some serious results.
If it’s too late…well…keep training anyway. You’ll eventually look like you lift.
Beginner Crippling Mistake #1
Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen
This is, in my opinion, the biggest mistake any trainee can make. They find a “mentor” whom they learn from. He teaches them x, y, and z and the trainee commences to make gains.
Mentor #1 talks about frequency and volume and teaches the trainee to progress in order to grow. But then the trainee finds a new “mentor” on YouTube who is a little more jacked than Mentor #1. Mentor #2 says the trainee should train to failure and perform super-sets.
The trainee assumes this works better because Mentor #2 has bigger biceps than Mentor #1. So the trainee is now super-setting to failure.
Unfortunately, the trainee spends a lot of time on the internet. So much time that he now discovers Mentor #3. This Mentor (#3) is pretty jacked but more importantly, he sounds smart. So because he writes on a whiteboard and uses big words, the trainee “knows” this information is valid.
Mentor #3 advocates ketogenic dieting. But Mentor #1 and #2 were pro-carbohydrates. However, because Mentor #3 uses big words, the trainee follows their advice for nutrition.
And this pattern continues and becomes, well, a huge shit storm.
The trainee ends up with 8 different “mentors”, 8 different training and nutrition approaches, spends too much time trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, and ultimately makes zero gains.
Do this instead: My advice is simple. Find someone with adequate knowledge, experience, and who’s been-there-done-that. Give their (proven) approach a shot and allow it time to work before you veer off trying to figure out “the best way to train”.