It absolutely kills me when people get all motivated to workout and go crazy trying to buy up everything with the word “fitness” on the name brand. Now I understand that some things are essential, but I am addressing the efforts of those that have absolutely no idea what they are doing when it comes to taking the necessary steps toward a structured well-planned personal program.
Mistake 1: (Supplement Shopping) I really get frustrated with this ignorant kind of effort. I’ve seen many people that want to begin working out and basically replace their grocery list with a visit to GNC. Now I’m not coming down on all supplements or people that buy them. I’m just saying that the beginner is just that, a beginner. He or she don’t even know how to approach getting started in working-out much less breaking down a list of supplements that they more than likely don’t even need. The truth is that about 90% of supplements on the shelves do nothing for the body in terms of fitness in the first place. Of the remaining 10% different supplements serve varying purposes that may or may not be beneficial in overall weight-loss. Lets face it, most people that start back into getting physically active do it to lose weight.
Mistake 2: (The Equipment Purchase) Now I am a fan of fitness equipment just like the next guy, but I see many people that purchase enough equipment to be their neighborhoods’ personal gym. I am mainly concerned with the purchase of the most BENEFICIAL equipment. If you have read any of my previous material you know that I am a big fan of the kettlebells, but to be fair I am really not trying to push those because of my personal bias. The truth is that I am a huge fan of all FREE WEIGHTS. Barbells, dumbells, medicine balls, and sandbags are all great tools for getting a hard hitting workout.
The bottom line is to be intelligent and informed about the purchases you make towards your fitness lifestyle. Read and learn!
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