Beginners, like Rick and Carol, two of my clients back in the day, tend to make 1 big mistake when they start trying to lose fat:

And the #1 Mistake is, “Doing too much, too soon.”

Doesn’t matter if it is walking, jogging, hill sprints, or pushups, if a beginner starts with too much of the same thing too soon, they will get an overuse injury (and they’ll get bored).

Beginners are much better off starting with a program that progresses them properly.

Back to my past clients…

You see, Rick was an overweight, non-exerciser who tried to walk himself back into shape. He did 6-7 days per week of hour-long walks,  and ended up with ankle problems, tight calves, and back problems.

While Carol, who was an active 40-year old gal, tried to jump back into a fat loss program after a 3-month layoff with hill sprints.

It took 2 years of training and rehab to repair her hips because she did too much too soon!

So here are 3 beginner workout tips for you:

1) Do a short total body resistance training workout

This is much MORE important than trying to out-cardio your belly fat.

Not only will you burn a lot of calories, but you’ll also build your body up to prepare it for real workouts in the future.

Too much cardio only breaks your body down and causes early onset injuries in a beginner’s exercise program.

2) Do NOT train 5 days per week

The more the better, right?

Wrong. Sorry.

Stick to 3 short, total body workouts per week. Stay active on your off days, but keep it to 30 minutes of general exercise and mobility.

Even yoga or pilates is fine, as long as you have a good teacher who respects your abilities.

After all, even 30 minutes of light exercise is still 30 minutes more than what you were probably doing in the past.

Focus on your diet, because that is what will help you lose the most fat when you are a beginner.

3) Choose the right exercises & don’t train “Old-School” style

No need for heavy bench presses, heavy leg presses, leg extensions, or one-size-fits-all weight machines. Those aren’t needed, and will probably do more harm than good right now.

And skip the sit-ups, side bends, endless crunches, and all those useless “old school” ab training methods.

Those are no good for you.

The better way to train your “core” (or your “torso”, as I prefer to call it), is with my TT Total Torso Training program.

So avoid the #1 beginner mistake, and use those 3 tips to choose the right program to get fast results.

You will get fast results when you progress properly,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Creator, Turbulence Training

PS – Remember this quote:
“The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today.” – Stephen Pierce
Stay strong!

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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