In a new YouTube video, Australian personal trainers Eugene Theo Recounts the two biggest mistakes he made when he first started training. which he said would help him “Joint pain and unnecessary tension. My nutrition confusion And it makes me more progress both inside and outside the gym.” Here’s what Teo has to say:

Mistake #1: Barbells are incredibly comfortable exercise tools. But it’s usually not the best option.

“If there’s one thing I wish I could do differently in my first year of training,” Teo said, “it depends a lot. straight barbell movement

Teo added that at the time he was working with bodybuilders, trainers and barbell-loving coaches. And his lack of knowledge prevented him from questioning their methods of training.

“I was able to heal my elbows, wrists and shoulders from a lot of unnecessary wear and stress. and benefited more from my training at the time,” he said. or more Targets muscle stimulation with less joint wear and tear. Wouldn’t you use that method?”

His point: Barbells may not be an effective option. Especially when it comes to your joints. “They force you to move in this constant plane of motion. This isn’t more or less about ‘working’, it’s about exposing your joints to more shear forces that can easily be avoided. dumbbell, cableor even a machine-based model instead.”

Teo is careful to point out that he still uses barbells, but only for deadlifts, where his upper arms are not involved in the movement.

Mistake #2: The Diet Plan Is Terrible

“Every bodybuilding coach I’ve ever given me a diet plan. The meal plan would be eggs and oats for the first meal, and the second to fifth meal of chicken, sweet potato and broccoli, and the fifth meal would be beef or fatty foods,” he said.

Zhang said that he would diligently implement the plan. Instead, he will rely on the coach who provides the meal plan to tell him everything he should do. “The problem with meal plans is that they don’t really teach you anything,” he says. “They are used to hide behind smoke and mirrors of secrecy, as if there was something very special about a particular food or set of values. Mix and match meal plans instead of teaching them how to take care of themselves.”

Instead of following blindly He encourages beginners to learn about nutrition. Think of it like you do finances: “Overspending on your food is similar to your overspending. You might be able to get away with a few cheeky moments, but it might come back to bite you soon.”

From there, he believed that with sufficient knowledge You can create your own nutrition plan. “If you give yourself the freedom to choose what you want. You will soon find out what works and doesn’t work for you,” he says. “Unfortunately, we are very confused by the appeal of these custom weight loss and meal plans. Think of it as Hollywood’s latest secret protocol to get results. This industry is designed to confuse you.”

So what’s a better alternative? “It’s about owning your health and nutrition. and learn how to work with macro-nutrients and calories. A good coach should provide these to you and help guide you in making better decisions about different diets and the structure around your macronutrients. But they should not provide a comprehensive and rigorous meal plan without any context.”