In today's world there are more media sources than most people care to count. If we narrow that down to strictly fitness and wellness media sources, there are still a mind boggling number of outlets. More often than not these sources try to show you the, “Ultimate Spartan Workout” or, “The Greek god Project”; workouts so intense they provide the illusion you can develop a six pack and the world’s greatest arms in 48 hours. You want to know what happens when a novice tries starting with one of these workouts? They quit. They are not sustainable in the long term because if you are new to fitness, it's just too hard. It can become discouraging. Not only that, it can be potentially dangerous without a proper level of base conditioning!
Now, we all want the quick fix. We want to be able to go into the gym and look like we know what we are doing. We want to sweat and torch our muscles to get the fastest results possible; Mostly, because in the back of our mind, exercise is the only way to fix all the bad habits and decisions from years prior. Unfortunately, people that start out with high intensity, high volume programs do not allow the body to recover enough to become accustomed to the consistent physical exertion it takes to build a base level of conditioning. When building a house you cannot put up walls, rafters or a roof without a solid foundation. The same can be said about you!
When your body is not accustomed to certain movements or loads placed upon it, you become a master of compensation. Your body begins to recruit muscles the exercise you are performing was never mean to work because of the “Move this weight by any means possible” kind of situation. A beginner is not ready for this kind of load and as a result, your joins and tissues are at a higher risk of injury. This is where we start getting those little aches and pains and shrug it off by saying, “No Pain, No Gain,” right? WRONG!! If your body hurts that is your brains way of saying something is not right!
The next situation most people run into is taking long breaks in between sessions when they start to feel these minor discomforts. This can set up failure because the main point of any base program is to develop both conditioning and consistency. Before your know it, you are back at square one looking online for a workout that just has to work better than the one you killed yourself over for a grand total of 2 days. My word of advice: find a fitness professional that can teach you how to build yourself from the bottom to the top. If there isn't a strong foundation or base that has allowed your mind or body to grow, you run the risk of failing. Not because of will power or motivation but because
you put your body through the equivalent of a fight scene from a Rocky flick.
Fit to Hunt clients have learned to understand that starting at the top isn't the way you develop high levels of performance or a lean, muscular physique. I mean let's be honest, how many elite athletes started their sports careers by starting at the top and jumping into Olympic Lifting? None of them, but that is the mentality many trainers and gyms take today. On the contrary, every high caliber athlete you watch built their base by tuning their body and getting it accustomed with lower levels of activity first. One of the best quotes that I have ever heard is, “Don't expect to build something elite in 3 weeks that took 6 years of bad habits to create.” There are no shortcuts. If you are new to fitness it may come down leaving your pride outside the gym, humbling your body and mind, and starting at square one. If you don't you run the VERY real risk of doing something that will only set you farther back from reaching your goals, or destination. Build your BASE, and become great!!
Nick Lape is the Head Trainer for Fit To Hunt. He builds fun, effective and sustainable exercise programs based on movement, not body parts and is an excellent trainer, motivator and coach.
Interested in online coaching with Nick? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!