You have made the decision to get started on your fitness journey. So, you have mentally made the commitment, however, there seems to be a problem:
You have absolutely no idea where to get started.
You start to look online and you get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information on the internet… Who should you believe? What should you believe? Next thing you know, you end up on the Instagram or YouTube page of a guy doing 200 pushups in a row and you get discouraged because there is no way you can possibly get there… You’re just a beginner.
Take a step back…take a deep breath in…take a deep breath out.
It is important to remember that that guy doing 200 pushups, or that girl doing handstands, or whatever else impressive feats of strength you see people doing, is the product of DECADES of practice and hard work. You can achieve this as well, but it will not happen overnight. AND you better believe that they were all beginners at some point.
The best time to start your fitness journey is when you’re a kid so that you build that muscle memory and you constantly keep your body moving. Unfortunately, for the majority of us, life gets in the way and as far as I know, we can’t go back in time yet.
Which means that the SECOND best time to start your fitness journey is today.
So what should you do to start your fitness journey without getting overwhelmed? Here are a few questions to ask yourself so you can get started:
- Do you want to workout from home or do you want to go to the gym?
- Do you want a bodyweight workout program or do you want a weightlifting program?
- How much time can you dedicate to working out in terms of minutes/hours in a day and days per week?
- What is your #1 goal?
- Where are you currently in your fitness journey in relation to that goal?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses in terms of fitness (it’s okay if you don’t know this yet)?
- Do you know anybody that has already achieved what you want to achieve or that has worked with people who have achieved what you want to achieve?
These are all very important questions that you need to answer for yourself with #4, arguably being the most important one.
You must know what your goal is in order to build out a plan that will help you achieve that goal.
Otherwise, you will be blindly doing random workouts without a specific structure.
#6 is also very important. Once you identify your goal, you need to figure out what the gap is between where you currently are and where you want to be. The gap is there because of the weaknesses that you have. This is what majority of your fitness journey will be focused on until you reach your goal (could be a muscle group, a certain movement, or even nutrition).
Lastly, I included #7 because if you know somebody that has already achieved what you want to achieve or that has worked with people who have achieved what you want to achieve, this means that there is a blueprint already out there. All you have to do is find it or figure out what it is. So, everybody is different so what worked for Person A won’t necessarily work for you to the T. This is why I’m a big proponent of getting a coach.
Personally, I started seeing tremendous growth once I started working with a coach. The little tweaks and hints and tips made all the difference. Also, the accountability factor is what kept me showing up on days that I didn’t want to.
To wrap it all up, starting your fitness journey might have you feeling like a deer caught in headlights. Stop overthinking and just take it one step at a time. Identify your goal, identify your plan of attack to hit that goal, and execute. Messy action is better than no action.
Wishing you the best of luck on your fitness journey, and feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @joemirofit or on Facebook Messenger @https://www.facebook.com/joemirofit if you would like some help with your fitness journey!
-Coach Joe Miro