How to Start Working Out – Gym for beginner

How do you start a new workout routine? You might have been working out your whole life and just want to try something new to keep things interesting. Or maybe you’re starting to work out for the first time and don’t know where to start. We all have to deal with starting a new workout routine from time to time.

I recently added sprint training to my workouts as an example. The only problem is that I have never done sprint training before.

In this post, Teeanime will talk about the steps I took to start a new workout routine and show you how to do the same.

How to Start Working Out

1.Decide what you want to be good at doing

I’ve previously discussed how crucial a feeling of purpose can be when it comes to exercise and training.

The more detailed you are about what you want to excel at, the easier it will be to train for success. In my instance, I wish to improve my 400m sprinting. That’s a clear goal, and it helps to guide me through the process.

Make a decision if you’re unsure how to begin working out. It also does not have to be the “best” decision. Simply choose something you wish to improve at and begin working in that direction. There will be plenty of time for tweaking and optimizing later.

2. Ask someone who has been there

I had no notion what a regular sprint training looked like at first.

How did I discover this? I asked those who knew. Don’t be hesitant to reach out and inquire. At some point in their lives, everyone is a beginner. Your greatest asset is the people around you.

I sought advice from my undergraduate strength and conditioning coach, former teammates who had participated in sprint training, and a friend who ran track competitively. I asked each of them for 400m sprint training strategies and regimens, as well as general sprinting advice.

My intention was that by asking five different people rather than just one, I would get a more balanced perspective. Everyone, as expected, directed me to various programs and routines.

While all of this information may appear contradictory and perplexing at first, it is necessary for the following phase.

3. Get the main idea, skip the details

Most people give up at this point and never start their new routine. (Don’t be afraid. I’ve had the same thing happen to me.)

If you want clear advice, the fitness industry is one of the worst places to look. Everyone seems to have their own way of doing things and think that their way is the only way.

Because of this, it’s easy to worry about the details of a new exercise plan. How many sets should I do? Program A says I should rest for 90 seconds, but Program B says I should only rest for 60 seconds. This website says to work out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but my friend did it on Tuesday and Thursday. Which is the right one?

Take a deep breath, everyone.

Here’s a knowledge bomb for you: in the beginning, the details don’t matter.

You’ll have plenty of time to figure out technique, rest periods, volume, training schedules, and so on. When you start a new workout routine, the only thing that matters is getting started. If you understand the main idea and stay on schedule, the details will start to fall into place.

Here’s what I did to train for sprints…

I read everything that my friends sent me, including the resources and workout plans. Then I wrote down the ideas that were the same in each show.

This is how they looked…

  • run sprints that range from 200m to 500m
  • rest for 2 or 3 minutes between sets
  • run between 3 to 6 sprints per workout
  • do sprint workouts 2 or 3 times per week

Did I omit something important? Yes. But given the primary ideas presented above, I could go to the track and complete my first sprint session.

And, in the beginning, it is the main goal: to make it as easy to get started as possible.

4. Go slow

Most of the time, we start a new workout regimen because we are motivated to do so. Motivation is wonderful, but as I’ve previously stated, it can be a double-edged sword.

Why? First, because motivation varies. This implies that you cannot rely on it. That is why, rather of being motivated, you should focus on developing excellent habits.

Second, motivation might deceive you into taking on more than you can chew. (I explained why this is a problem and how to avoid it here.)

You should begin slowly at first. Remember that the idea is to get into the habit of working out, not to conduct strenuous workouts.

Here’s how I got started with sprints…

In the first workout, I ran three 200m sprints at 50% effort. It was simple and sluggish. I was just trying to get my body back into running shape.

The second session consisted of two 400m sprints separated by three minutes of rest. Again, this was not a strenuous workout.

You want the workouts to be simple at first. This is true during the first three to four weeks. Your main goal is to stick to the program and increase your ability to perform the activity. Performance is unimportant.

This appears to be the polar opposite of what most people do. The standard technique is to transition from sitting on the couch to doing P90X six days a week. It’s no surprise that most individuals give up within a week with a changeover like that.

5. Don’t miss workouts

If I had to sum up everything I’ve learned about strength training over the past 10 years, it would be this: don’t miss workouts.

If we’re being honest, this is what our typical workout schedule looks like:

  • Workout consistently for a month or two.
  • Get sick. Miss multiple workouts. Spend the next month getting back in shape.
  • Workout consistently for a month or two.
  • Schedule changes. Life gets crazy. Miss multiple workouts. Spend the next month getting back in shape.
  • Workout consistently for a month or two.
  • Travel. Vacation. Time off. Miss multiple workouts. Spend the next month getting back in shape.

And even more.

There’s nothing wrong with changing your schedule or going on vacation, but you need a way to get back on track as quickly as possible. This is especially important when you are starting a new workout routine.

When I first started doing pushups, I worked out for 17 days in a row before I missed a day. After that one day off, I was right back on track. Over the last 8 months, I’ve done 93 pushup workouts.

The effects of each workout on their own have been very small, but the effects of sticking to that schedule as a whole have been huge. (I can now do twice as many pushups as before.) And the most important thing is to not miss working out.

I plan to use the same plan for my sprint workouts, and you should do the same.

6. Pick an exercise and get started

There are more exercises in the world than I care to count, but I think you can list the important ones on two hands.

  • Clean and Jerk
  • Snatch
  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Bench Press
  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Sprints

Choose the one you want to get good at and start doing it.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to worry about the details at first. Just get the main idea, take things slowly at first, and don’t skip working out.

Thanks for reading!