Here is me before I started training, aged 16 (i’m now 21). Not exactly a genetic freak, I know.
My first training experience started with 2 and 1/2 hour full body workouts 6 days a week (more is better right?…..). I was clueless, my form was shit, I ran to and from the gym because I had heard protein shakes can make you fat, so I thought i’d better add some extra cardio…(No joke, it was 4 miles there and back too) no wonder I wasn’t growing.
Before I joined the gym I was determined to get a six pack, so I trained abs every day for a year (I know, weird), I used to do pump sets because I would copy the juice heads in my gym, I used to obsess over meal frequency and eat every two hours because the magazines told me so, at one point I even used to set my alarm in the middle of the night to consume a protein shake because I read somewhere you will be catabolic in your sleep.
I used to never eat carbohydrates after 6:00 PM because I thought you would get fat. I almost cried once when I forgot my post workout shake with dextrose in it because I thought you needed to spike insulin post workout, and you had to consume a liquid meal within 10 minutes after your workout, otherwise my gym session would be wasted…..
I then used to obsess over the dreaded gluten and wheat, I need to eat like a cave man, because they are shredded….right?
The list of mistakes goes on and on, I still have lots to learn now.
But realise everyone in the fitness industry started somewhere, they are not any different than you. You learn from your mistakes, and if you are consistent, patient and dedicated as long as your goals are realistic you will get the physique you desire.
Learn by doing.