Some things I wish I would have known when I first started training:
1. More is not always better/ Quality over quantity. Better to do few well, than many poorly. Your results will speak for themselves. .
2. Time in the gym does not equate to work done. An effective workout can be done in an hour, 3 hours are not necessary. .
3. Prioritise. You can’t do everything at once, so pick some focus points and train them hard, before moving on to the next. .
4. Feel > Look. Only going through the motions of an exercise is not going to produce any kind of crazy result. .
5. Eccentrics. Control the damn weight! Especially in the eccentric phase/ when you are returning the weight to the starting position. .
6. Nothing is necessary, nothing is essential. Find what works best for you, not what others tell you you need to do. .
7. Sweat level and Heart rate are not the o my measures if intensity. .
8. Be open minded. It’s super easy to get stuck in your ways based on your own biases - maybe even those based on the above points. Try new things and give yourself the time to see what it does for you. .
9. Start, forgive yourself if you screw up every now and again, but don’t stop and start over. Your playing yourself a fool. .
10. BE PATIENT! the best results take time, but the reward is the payoff!
Knowing these things is one thing, and luckily for me, I’ve learnt them pretty early on. But hearing someone say them and actually understanding, taking on board and applying these things is another - and probably where we tend to fall short tbh...😳