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”.
Beginner Crippling Mistake #2
I’ll make this short and sweet.
I get emails daily from beginners who want to build bigger arms. So they want to know what they can do to bring up their “skinny”, “lagging” arms.
I hate to break it to you, though.
If you’re a beginner…your entire body is a weak-point.
Do this instead: Focus on building an all-around solid foundation. Nine times out of ten, your body will grow accordingly and more importantly, proportionately. Whoa…that sounded like a rap verse. Then and only then, once you’ve made significant improvements in your physique, you can determine if in fact you do have “weak points”.
Beginner Crippling Mistake #3
Making Up Training Routines
If you combine mistake #1 and mistake #3, you have the perfect recipe for achieving nothing.
I’ll be blunt.
Someone has already created a formula that works 100% of the time. What makes you think that you can Google a few things, watch a few YouTube videos, and come up with a better solution?
Do this instead: The hard part has already been done for you. So instead of trying to put together a “cool” workout routine that changes the game, follow my Mass in a Flash (which is free) or get on someone’s already-proven novice program. There is a reason they’re popular and that’s because people use them with much success. No need to reinvent the wheel.
Beginner Crippling Mistake #4
Searching for The Best Program (or diet)
Let me walk you through what typically happens.
1. The trainee decides they want to lift and build muscle to get chicks.
2. He then sees advertising on both the internet and fitness magazines that promise 41 lbs of lean muscle mass in 7 days.
3. They get on my Mass In A Flash program and after 7 days they only gained 2-3 lbs.
4. The trainee does not look ready for the Mr. Olympia stage after the first 2 weeks so they assume the program doesn’t work.
5. The trainee then proceeds to search “the best” training program and ends up repeating steps 2-4 again, and again, and again.
Do this instead: First, be realistic with your expectations. If the promises that these advertisements make were true, we would all be jacked and tan. Instead, look to someone who is real and proves real world experience and knowledge. Stop trying to find a shortcut and enjoy this long and wonderful journey that is bodybuilding.
Find a mentor, let them guide you with their proven strategies, be consistent, and stay the course. If you can be realistic and give your training approach a chance to work, it probably will.
Like most things in life, consistency if the key. However, consistently doing things wrong will never make them right. This is why I make a valid effort in emphasizing that you find a mentor who is credible, knowledgeable, and whom you connect with. Chances are, even if their approach is not 100% accurate or “optimal”, if you can be consistent, it will work wonders. Especially as a novice trainee.
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