Beginners Series: Just Get Started

There are many things I wish I could go back and tell myself 10 years ago, when I was brand new to lifting and training. Looking back at old training logs and diet plans, I can’t help but cringe. What was I thinking!? I spent a lot of time worrying about things that either didn’t matter, or didn’t matter nearly as much as I thought. I can’t go back in time, so I want to do the next best thing and help you avoid making the same mistakes I did. Hopefully I can help you skip some of the growing pains I went through, and get you on the right track a little faster.

In this series of posts, we will be taking you through the important things to know and remember as you begin your journey in the gym. Feel free to ask questions on these posts, or make suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered.

When you are first thinking about going to the gym, or trying a particular style of training, there is a lot to take in. New exercises, new concepts, new people. It can be difficult to know where to start and it is easy to get overwhelmed. People often suffer from Paralysis by Analysis: they get stuck in a cycle of trying to figure out where to get started, and end up not getting started at all.

This can be a huge hurdle. I am here to tell you one crucial thing: JUST GET STARTED.

As a new lifter, developing consistency is the #1 thing you need to worry about. It is the linchpin for success for everyone in the gym: without it, you will not achieve the goals you set for yourself. The thing is, you can’t build consistency by thinking about it, you have to do it! So don’t wait to get started, you have time to find that perfect program, to figure out your perfect schedule, to master that perfect meal plan. If you are also using that time to get to the gym, practice movements, create a habit or a lifestyle change, then you have made the best possible use of your time and set yourself up for real, positive change.

- Nigel, Kizen Coach

Who is Nigel?

Nigel is a coach who has been competing in powerlifting since 2012 and started directing meets in 2017. Nigel began working as a personal trainer in 2013, was a part of the Ascendant Athletics team with Omar and Silent Mike from 2015-2016, and has managed the group coaching for Kizen Training since 2017. Through this work and coaching private clients, Nigel has worked with many lifters of all skill levels and from diverse athletic backgrounds. His best lifts in competition are a 661lb/300kg squat in sleeves, a 451lb/205kg bench, and a 639lb/295kg deadlift.

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