If you’re new to all this “strength training” stuff, just hopping into a program and going from 0 to 60 might not be the best idea for success. Don’t jump into a new set of movements without learning the basic from a coach first.

Never done ANY of the movements you see on the board or on your strength program?

Always start out with just your body weight and/or the barbell. If it’s an overhead squat movement, use just the barbell and only move through the range of motion that you have.

When it comes to movements like squats, deadlifts, pull ups, olympic lifts, etc. – your form is numero uno. Develop good habits with light weight and you will save yourself months of frustration later and protect you from injury.

When you are starting ask for someone to watch you move through the movement as much as possible and don’t let your ego get in the way.

Still uncomfortable with the movements after that? Stick with it! Your coach will help you progress, you just need to create new habits and that takes time and repetitions. Look around at the other athletes/people around you and remember that they also had to start from the beginning. Perhaps this is the perfect time to find a training friend? Someone at the gym that looks to be in that same place as you.

Just remember too. At first, you may not be able to get into the exact position for every movement, but over time you will. The videos you are watching on YouTube are of people that have been training from long periods of time and you most likely wont look like that on day 1.

If you’re struggling with certain elements of a movement, don’t get frustrated! Just talk to your coach and work through it together.