There are MANY mistakes a new (and old) trainee can make on their path to their ideal physique and performance and most people make them. I know because I’ve been there. My goal is to help you avoid the mistakes I made to allow you to reap the benefits of your training and bypass weeks or months of fruitless workouts that do nothing more than make you sweat.
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Mistake #1: Trying to do too many things
We want it all. We want to be huge, we want to be ripped, we want to move well, etc. I see no fault in this, but trying to have everything means you really get nowhere with anything. Having a clear goal, putting all your focus into that goal, assessing the progress of that goal and then moving onto the next goal will feel like it takes longer than taking a shotgun approach, but will actually allow you to do more in less time. Imagine having a goal of seeing four different states and instead of picking one and visiting you just drove a little to each one. Would you see all of them? As you got closer to Wyoming you’d go further from Idaho. As you backtracked and got closer to Idaho you’d get further from Colorado. You get where I’m going. Pick a goal and smash it! Then move on.
Mistake #2: Not having enough progressions to add variety
I’m not going to sit here and say that you need tons of variety in your training. Far from it. Simplicity is best, but all too often we get stuck in a loop of doing the same thing over and over without creating any kind of new stimulus. How often do you see the person in the gym come in, do the same workout for months or even years on end? We need to stress our bodies in different ways at different times and not just with more weight. Practicing variations of movements in different planes at different speeds with different rep ranges will do your body good.
Mistake #3: Jumping from Plan to Plan
Similar to having too many goals, finding the “world’s best plan” doing it for a week and then jumping to the next “world’s best plan” will only have you spinning your wheels. Find a plan structure that works with your goals, abilities, energy level, and enjoyment so that you can stick to it for at least 3-4 weeks. Less than that and you won’t really see much from it. More is better to an extent. 8-12 weeks will allow for massive improvements as long as you put enough consistent effort. That also means assessing your plan week to week to make sure you’re on track.
My goal for you with the programs on Living Fit is to give you that guidance to allow you take your training and goals into your own hands. A create your own adventures if you will. A map for you to traverse based on the results you’re looking or. Want to get strong? Start with Kettlebell Origins, move into Double Gains, and then Pyramid of Strength. Do you want to get shredded? Start with Turbo Fat Loss, move into Anywhere Athlete, and then Kettlebell Force. All of our plans are four weeks in design to give you enough time to create those adaptations in strength and mobility while allowing you to perfect the skill of kettlebell movement.
With the map I’ve laid out for you I want you to get stronger, leaner and move better than you ever have while enjoying the process.