So you want to make GAINZ man? A lot of people are to build muscles, lose weight and just be healthy. The gym is a popular place, especially with all of the franchise gyms opening, promising people that they will not be judged and cheap prices. Even in this internet age we live in, people are still making mistakes, costly mistakes. A lot of people get caught in fad dieting, horrible movement, being a creeper, and doing everything that YouTubers do.
Don’t Forget About Food
A popular saying that a lot of people in the fitness community use is “80% food, 20% gym”. This means your diet is the most important thing when losing weight or even trying to gain muscle. Beginners tend to overthink the food side of fitness. Eat whole foods, food that came out of the ground and less processed food. The MyFitnessPal app is a great tool for beginners when you trying to figure out weight loss or weight gain. You don’t want to keep eating the same bland chicken and vegetable dish, add variety to your meals.
Healthy food can taste good – don’t be scared to add seasoning, or trying different foods from other countries. Pick a lifestyle that you can stick to for the rest of your life. Some people tend to get on diets where your meals are only juiced fruits and vegetables. No one can do this for the rest of their life, and you will gain most of your weight back when you eat solid food. Some people get on the 20 day diets, and my favorite is the cabbage soup diet. A popular diet plan or lifestyle is IIFYM (If It Fit Your Macros). With IIFYM you can eat what you want as long as it fit your macros, be sure to use an app to calculate the macro count. For example 40% carbs 40% protein and 20% fat.
I too have been a victim of horrible form and lifting weights that are too heavy. The result is stiffness, muscle pulls, you might even snap something. It’s very entertaining to watch people throw free weights in the air and pump their arms up and down while having their back in an awkward position. What about the people that leave free weights on the ground for everyone to trip on? The struggle is real. Start out with weight that is comfortable to lift without a spotter but have a spotter anyway if you’re on a bench press. Work your way up to the heavier weights gradually, 5-10lbs increments is a good measurement. Youtube is a great way to learn about form, there are many instructional videos showing you how not to kill yourself in the gym.
Don’t Copy YouTubers.. Everyone Is Different!
Youtube is a great place to learn things. The only problem is that the fans try to eat how youtube stars eat, and that is the wrong thing to do. Everyone’s body is different. Some people can take more carbs, some more fat, some people need more protein. You’re going to have to try different things, to see how your body react. Don’t just eat 300g of carbs because Chris Jones is doing it. You don’t squat 300lbs, you just got your gym membership.
When you go to the gym, go with a plan and a purpose. Women get freaked out when most guys stare. Stay focused, an occasional one second glance is fine. Don’t go to the gym to make friends, but if a guy ask you to spot for him and yall get a bromance going, spot him correctly. For example, don’t pull the weights from him until he says so(don’t let them decapitate themselves), don’t just randomly walk away to talk to someone else, and be mindful of your spacing, don’t tea bag your buddy.