Joe what mistakes did you make early on in your fitness journey?
To be honest the key part of this question is recognising I still do make mistakes. I am still learning, still developing. This journey will never stop and the day you believe you know it all is the day you should stop coaching in my opinion!
I started JM Fitness and Nutrition to help support people and debunk myths predominantly. Too often I saw conflicting information, over the internet and on the gym floor, being spouted without appropriate research. I wanted to change that. Can you tell my background is in education 🙊
Here are 3 of the main mistakes I made early on;
1. Skipping leg day! (Man, I wanted those disco muscles to be popping in my tight white T-shirt 😂 but the jeans in those days were baggy bootcut so we didn’t need to worry about leg gains.)
2. Over indulging in calories and in particular protein! (My choice of reading material when I began in the early days was Flex, Muscle and Fitness and Men’s Health, in fact I think I subscribed to all 3. Needless to say I took their information as gospel and ate – EVERYTHING! I actually worked out my food consumption and macro breakdown of a normal working day last year from 2008 – P330g C850g F120g 🙈
3. Ego lifting! (We all want to be the alpha male but bodybuilding is very different from powerlifting and moving an object from A-B. Although that being said strength and power training should be periodised for optimal progression within your programming.)
With mistakes comes experience, and knowledge. I’m glad I made those mistakes, so I can help prevent those I work with making the same mistakes I did when I first started my journey all those years ago.
Don’t wallow in self pity. Pick yourself up, learn from them and move forward.
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