Top 5 Mistakes Every Fitness Newbie Makes

I’ll admit, stepping foot into the world of fitness can be a daunting experience for many, especially if you’ve been munching on burgers your whole working life and the only exercise you get is the walk from your doorstep to the car (for the most part).

Internet “gurus” will teach you a bunch of unnecessary things and lure you into buying their supplements and courses, just to realize they’re overpromising, and you’ve wasted hundreds of dollars and left with zero motivation.

In this article, I’ll cover the top 5 mistakes fitness newbies make, so you don’t have to go through them!

Jumping into The Workout

Believe it or not, too many fitness newbies get over-excited about smashing the weights that they don’t take the time to properly warm-up. When you’re lifting weights or going for a run, our muscles shorten and lengthen repeatedly.

Without a proper warm-up, you’re more susceptible to muscle tears! You’re also improving blood circulation in your muscles and raising your body’s temperature, preparing your body for a vigorous workout!

Never start a workout when your muscles are tight! Some light stretching may relieve the tension, and these can be aided with tools like this

The Treadmill as the Only Cardio Routine

I have nothing against treadmills, but I do believe as a beginner, staying motivated is important! Many fitness newbies get bored of the gym because the thought of running 20 minutes on the treadmill is dreadful enough, to the point they skip the whole gym session!

Be creative with your cardio routines! If you’re busy and can’t spend the minutes on a treadmill, I highly suggest trying out a HIIT workout! You burn a lot of calories, as well as being able to gain some muscle. The rowing machine and bicycle are great choices as well!


Being unfit in a gym full of shredded men and women really doesn’t do good for your self-esteem. But remember, all those guys and girls started somewhere too. I understand the urge to try to lift as heavy as you can, even if it means sacrificing your form.

You’re not fooling anyone here but yourself. You’re bound to hurt yourself, delaying your progress and satisfaction if you don’t stick with the right form. Don’t worry if you can only curl 10lbs. In the end, most people are too occupied with themselves to bother about your weights.

A great tip I have for you when using machines or free weights is to count to two while you’re lifting, hold it at briefly at peak contraction, and return to the original position while counting to four. The counting helps you distract yourself from thinking about who’s watching you!

Too Caught Up in Supplements!

Nowadays, it’s common for fitness experts on the Internet to endorse workout supplements. Though many of these work well and can significantly aid you in achieving your fitness goals, but as a beginner, you can get too caught up in them!

The trick is to start with the basics and learn more about supplements and equipment along the way. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed by the amount of supplements there is on the market!

I would suggest purchasing a high-quality whey protein powder if you have the money to spare. Tracking macros can get confusing early on, and if you’re especially busy to meal prep, whey protein is a great way to ensure you meet your daily protein requirements.

Don’t worry, you’ll eventually have enough knowledge and experience with supplements. So it’s no rush! Soon enough, you’ll be testing out pre-workouts, BCAA’s, creatine, and many more!

Unrealistic Expectations

You have to understand that fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad. With a lifestyle comes patience and commitment. Everybody reacts to workouts and diets differently, and there is no “magic formula” that suits all. I suggest you stick to a workout routine that’s attainable and work on improving your diet. The results will follow suit! What’s important is you don’t compare your results with your friend’s achievements. It’s only your versus yourself.

Take-Home Message

As I’ve mentioned before, fitness is a lifestyle and requires a lot of patience and commitment. However, if you follow these tips, you’re bound to progress quicker than anybody else that isn’t! Though losing 20lbs in a week might not be possible, but enjoying that journey over a stretch of 2 months and realizing your old clothes no longer fit is!

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Article kindly provided by Natalie at Emerge Fitness.

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