"Early Specialisation at an intense level does not seem to produce an enduring athlete..."
- Yuri Verkhoshanksky, sports scientist
Hype sells in the fitness field. I know, but refuse to give into it. That is not how I have run my business over the last five years, and don't intend to change that. Every month, I am contacted by someone selling some supplement/energy drink. And, I tell them all the same thing. I don't endorse any supplements. Yeah, a few may be helpful, but most are at minimum a waste of your money; while some can even be dangerous. For most people, lack of nutritional supplementation is not the crux of their problem, anyway.
"One workout is not going to make an athlete, but one workout can break an athlete."So, what does your average, sedentary beginner need? Often, they come to me with a main goal of weight loss. Body weight is their main indicator of health and fitness. In their minds, decrease the number on the scale to a desired level (by any means possible) and now you are healthy and fit! Not so fast. That is the message we are spoon-fed from the media. That is what the doctor can measure. Though, that mentality will only send you to the orthopod before the cardiologist.
-Vern Gambetta, Functional Path Training
As, I teach my apprentices, the trainer needs to explain that for any long-term exercise program to work, the primary focus needs to be on moving well. Weight loss can't be the sole/primary goal. The trainer needs to take the new, motivated client and teach them proper exercise training, not beat them into submission.
Here is what I feel people, who have been sedentary and out of shape, need to learn/address during their first six months of training: