I think the most common thing that keeps people out of the gym is fear. Fear of going into the gym and looking stupid. Fear of going into the gym and wasting your time. And I can understand this. I still remember what it was like when I first started lifting. I wish I knew about the musclehead review then.
I was only 16 and walking into the gym was pretty intimidating. There was all this fancy looking equipment and (even scarier) all these free weights lying around. Not to mention the big guys who looked like they would bite my head off if I looked at them the wrong way.
So what did I do? I educated myself. I made an appointment with an instructor and learnt the ropes. I learnt how to perform the exercises correctly and that really helped build my confidence. Now, I didn’t learn everything I know about bodybuilding that day, but it was enough to help me walk into the gym with a purpose.
Once I learnt the basics, I became hungry for more knowledge on how to build muscle. I knew it couldn’t be too hard (There are some pretty stupid people around) but at the same time I didn’t want to make myself a human guinea pig. Back then, the internet was young and unfortunately, there was a whole heap of crap on the internet. All sorts of guides on “Muscle Building For Beginners”. Definitely nothing like the musclehead.
I’d read up on one site, only to find on the next site, that the first one was full of it, or so the second one claimed. Argh, I remember being pretty confused about the whole situation. I was determined to figure this out, it’s just that the solution didn’t seem to be making itself apparent.
So I thought “Stuff it”. I just decided to get in there and train as hard as I could. I continued what I was doing with the program that my instructor had given me. It might not have been the best, but I figured it would do the job.
And while my gains weren’t the best back then, I learnt a lot. Since I was in the gym quite often, I began to get to know some of the other regulars. I was lucky that I got to know one guy who taught me a heap about muscle building for beginners. As I learnt more and more from this guy, my results became apparent and my confidence skyrocketed.