5 mins read

Will Green

Personal Trainer, NASM Qualified

United Kingdom

Beginning Steps

You’ve decided to get fit and start your journey, good for you!

What’s the first step in getting fit for most other people?

Heading down to the local gym and getting the same old sales pitch, only to sign up and not know what to do. You start to feel “gym-timidated”, and after spending an hour battling for the bench press you’ve decided you have had enough and go home.

If that sounds like the familiar slog of trying to get fit, keep reading.

What if I told you there was an alternative that was easier on your time, provides unique health benefits, makes everything less complicated, actually builds confidence and requires no waiting?

Get up, head over to the window and take a look at your new gym.

The Great Outdoors

Whether your goal is to lose weight, run a 5k, learn callisthenics, improve your health or just feel a bit more confident in the clothes you wear, it can all be achieved by just taking that first step outside.

To begin the journey the thing you want to try and give it a go.

As a beginner it is very easy to get caught up in the “what do I feel I have to do” when really we need to be thinking “what do I want to do”? You are just getting started, whatever you do is a step forwards, so relax and have fun! This stuff isn’t complicated.

How much and when?

Everyone has been in this position when first starting out: including myself and so many of my clients.

You are a beginner so anything you do is beneficial to your journey, however, we have to make sure you don’t burn out by doing too much too soon.

To see actual results we need to be achieving 3-5 dedicated exercise sessions per week. We can still see improvements with 1 or 2 sessions per week but the progress is going to be slower.

The main thing most beginners will overlook….

You need a plan that you can actually live with week to week. So make sure you plans are manageable.

We want results and we want them now, so book the sessions into your diary and stick to it each week.

Now what do we do for exercise?

Well that is completely up to you, it’s your journey, you make the decision.

Getting fit doesn’t have to solely revolve around lifting weights and there are no absolute definite exercises you have to work to.

As a beginner I would always suggest simple walking and movement programs, 20 to 30 minutes per day.

As your fitness builds and the confidence grows and it will grow!

You could consider trying a Yoga class? Pilates? Boot-camp? Body-weight fitness?

Try them all, you never know what you will end up finding a love for.

Lets be SMART about things

In my opinion, we are always best off with a solid achievable plan.

“Prepare to fail, fail to prepare”.

Everyone has heard the phrase.

SMART is the fitness journey maker!

1. Specific
Is your goal specific to you?

2. Measurable
How do we measure it?
Fat loss – scales, photos, clothing.

3. Action Plan
Set your weekly sessions out, we talked about this earlier.

4. Realistic
Make sure its realistic, lets stay motivated guys, don’t ask too much of yourselves to begin with.

5. Time
Lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks.
Build up your running distance to 5 km without stopping come Spring time.

Find your Supporters

A key piece of the fitness journey: you don’t have to be a lone wolf.

Reach out for to communities and individuals with similar goals and support/ motivate each other to achieve them.

Fitness classes are a fantastic place to find these people, alternatively social media groups are very prevalent now with plenty of supportive advice and help.

So what’s next?

You’ve taken the time to read this content, (thanks by the way, means a lot to us).

Get out there and start doing!

Need any more advice on getting started?

Get in touch…….  contact@ellofit.com

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