Yay! Welcome to the dark side.
If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably felt shitty about your body before, wanted to lose some weight, wanted to “tone up,” etc.
Throw that fucking train of thought right out the window.
If you use a scale, smash it into 1,000 pieces and never look at it again. You will gain weight because you will gain muscle. If you are super new to this your body is going to change fairly quickly in the first few months. You will most likely lose body fat and gain a bit of muscle because these movements are so new. But don’t weigh yourself, please. Muscle soreness can cause increases on the scale, and muscle gain can as well. But muscle is so,so much more dense than fat which is why the number on the scale isn’t really representative of health and you don’t need to get caught up in that.
You most likely got a gym membership; if you have a home gym then please invite me over. One of the most common ask’s I get is how to not be nervous about the other people and shit at a gym. Honestly, it takes a little while. Since you’re new to lifting, new to the gym, new to the people, it’s a lot of adjusting and you’re unsure of yourself, and that’s totally understandable. I’m going to let you in on a secret though. Nobody cares what you are doing. No one. When other people are looking at you it’s just on a break between sets and it’s just natural to look at what other people are doing, or they think you are damn fine.
Also, before you even set foot in that gym do research. I think it’s so lovely that more and more girls are taking to lifting, but so many are doing it because it’s a growing fad, or to impress guys, or just because they want to which is great but they have no idea what to do. I recently saw a girl put herself in the ER because of trying to lift too much and having awful form. Watch tons of videos, and there will be conflicting opinions, but that’s where trial and error comes in for you.
Don’t start too heavy. It’s easy to feel weak when you see tons of guys lifting, or that one girl who is an all out beast. They started somewhere too..They’ve been doing it for a while. There will always, ALWAYS be someone stronger than you. It’s not about who is the strongest in the gym. Just do what you can. Test the waters, if you can do something 10 times and the last 2 or 3 are hard, pick that weight. If it’s too light, you are doing nothing for your muscles, if it’s too heavy risk for injury is very high and you still aren’t doing anything for your muscles.
Bodybuilding.com is the mother load of all resources when trying to find a routine and figuring out what the fuck the lifts even are. Go on that site and explore. Just don’t fall for all their supplementation gimmicks. If you are just starting the only thing you should even think about buying is some whey, and maybe pre-workout. But supplements are a whole other post.
Remember the new Six to Start game “Superhero Workout" we talked about in last week’s episode?
Here is the official trailer (some of these voices will sound familiar to ZR! fans)! We also have an official release date for iOS users: August 20th (aka the day after tomorrow!!!!)
According to Six to Start, Android users will have to wait until fall :(
Using iOS? Trying the game? Let us know if you like it, and what you think about it!