Get your free eBook valued at $40

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TODAY & GET A FREE CORE WORKOUT PLANNER EBOOK- VALUED AT $39.95!

Training For Beginners

Training For Beginners

 When you decide to make a change for a healthy life, the steps you take can determine whether you keep going- or simply, give up.

I get that- a gym can be incredibly daunting and not knowing where to start, what to do or how to even perform most exercises can leave you feeling embarrassed, scared and overwhelmed. 
Which of course, will result in you giving up.

A few different methods of exercise to try (remembering there is no right or wrong, just what is right for you): 

All of these exercises are part of my lifestyle- I fit in what I can. If my day is absolutely full-on, and all I can fit in is a walk, that's what I'll do.

Remember that, something all these exercises have in common is the need for motivation.

You need to get yourself into your fitness gear and MOVE! It may be difficult to begin with, but over time, fitness becomes slightly addictive! 

It's pointless comparing your skill level to another, the only person you need to be working on bettering, is yourself. And if you choose just one, or all of the exercises below to work into your lifestyle, you're making a positive, healthy change. 

Walking

Pros:

  • It’s free.
  • if you have kids you can put them in the pram
  • You can change your intensity without equipment (running, incline up a hill or steep road, etc)
  • It is gentle and you can go at your own pace
  • It gives you fresh air and you’re surrounded by the outdoors

 Cons:

  • Without a walking buddy you may lose motivation.
  • It won’t tone your body as such, rather burn calories.
  • Compared to other body weight exercise (burpees, air squats, lunges) it doesn’t burn as many calories.

Gym Classes
Pros:

  • Motivation is off the charts! – you’ll want to keep going with the instructor cheering you on and everyone in the room with high energy
  • There’s a huge range of classes to choose from
  • They usually have a gym crèche for those with kids

Cons:

  • It’s a group environment so may be intimidating at first
  • It’s the same workout each time so without the weight progression you may not see results after a while and plateau
  • Sometimes the class may involve exercises you aren’t comfortable with or aren’t ready to perform

 Gym
Pros:

  • Most gyms  are 24/7
  • A lot have crèches for your kids
  • A lot have personal trainers to help you
  • The vast range of equipment gives you plenty to work with

Cons:

  • Personal trainers are expensive
  • It’s intimidating when you’re starting out
  • You may not know what to do or how to perform exercises with the correct technique
  • There is no one to motivate you to go

 Crossfit
Pros:

  • Different, progressive type of workout
  • High intensity workouts
  • Motivation and accountability – you don’t want to be the one who doesn’t show up!

Cons:

  • It will require 3-6 months initially of building your technique and improving your fitness before you feel like you are not dying (lol)
  • It’s a group environment, which is a pro and a con

 Body Weight / At Home Exercise

Pros:

  • Anywhere, anytime
  • Includes your children
  • Free (besides the program – if you choose to purchase)

Cons:

  • Motivation may be lacking
  • You may need some basic equipment
  • The technique may not be right and no one can check
  • After a while, the exercises may not challenge you without investing in equipment or weights

These are just a small list of the options you could do- this is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the options- they’re endless- group sports, clubs, surf life saving- these are all exercise.

 

Remember the key is to just get MOVING! Need help with technique? Youtube has so many technique videos to help get you started! 

 

For those of you who are interested in following the same sort of program I've been doing since getting back into exercise after giving birth, I swear by my Total Body Transformation Guide.
It really is the definition of versatile, anyone from a complete newbie, to fitness fanatic and experienced athlete can gain knowledge from this guide.
And you can change up the exercises to suit you and your skill level.
Click here to take a look.

TBTGuide
Total Body Transformation Guide

 

Back to Articles


Sign up for
Tips, Recipes
& More

Success Stories*

  • Reney
    Reney "Incredible transformation from following Sophie's guidelines!"
    Katelyne Borg
    Katelyne Borg Just wanted to show you how far I have come in such a short time!
    Danika
    Danika "Feeling so much healthier and loving exercise now, I started clean eating thanks to Sophie Guidolin!"
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 kilos down in 6 months!
  • Katie
    Katie 17 kilos already down thanks to the clean eating guidelines!
    Chantelle
    Chantelle Chantelle has lost 8kgs already, only 2 weeks into her custom ongoing post baby plan!
    Jessica
    Jessica The meals are delicious, I'm never hungry and I can make it for my husband as well so i'm not cooking two different things! It is a well rounded program that fits easily into any lifestyle and can be made to work with your unique situation.
    Alisha
    Alisha I absolutely love following your journey, reading your articles and following your clean eating advice!
  • Olivia
    Olivia
    Annon
    Annon Following the protocols of Sophie Guidolin's Meal Plans & Training programs have seen the AMAZING results below!
    Chelsea
    Chelsea Amazing results from a track and field athlete!!
    Sam
    Sam Your books inspire me immensely and you are a true idol.
  • Sam
    Sam The clean eating diet plan, is also for males wanting to tone, build muscle and lose body fat!
    Megan
    Megan
    Leah
    Leah I'm feeling like a different person. I'm feeling like I used to feel. I'm losing baby weight fasting than ever too! My progress photos amaze me. So thank you! Thank you for a program that really is a lifestyle change. A program that changed my family life for the better and made me a happier, healthier mumma for my beautiful children!
    Bailey
    Bailey Only 4 weeks into the diet plan- the results speak for themselves!
  • Kristy Potts
    Kristy Potts 50 kilos down in a year! Thank you for bringing out eat clean, live lean. I have been cooking and preparing my meals from it since i purchased it months ago, its fantastic.
    Melissa
    Melissa Over 18 kilos down from the clean eating plan!
    Natalja
    Natalja Even whilst travelling, i maintained my lean body by following your guidelines!
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 Kilos lighter, in 6 Months!!!
  • Stacee
    Stacee still a fair way to go but 2 years of clean eating & exercise :) never felt better :)
    Meg
    Meg I wanted to begin by thanking you for being such an inspiration and passing on your knowledge the way you do.
    Kate
    Kate THE BOD program is not a diet. It sets you up with the tools to continue on after you finish the 12 weeks.This has now become my lifestyle. I love the way I live now and I love the knowledge I have gained from this program especially dietary wise so I can give my kids the best start to life. The recipes, the workouts, the hints and tips... at no stage did I ever get bored or go off track.
    Chloe
    Chloe WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN NOT ONLY THE VISUAL EFFECTS BUT IN MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AND DAY TO DAY LIFE. ITS BEEN WONDERFUL WORKING HARD FOR THESE RESULTS! 24KGS DOWN! AND HONESTLY I DON'T CARE WHAT MY SCALES TELLS ME. I'M MORE INTERESTED IN HOW IT'S AFFECTING MY LIFE!
  • Katie
    Katie Incredible results 7 kilos down in 8 weeks!
    Rachelle
    Rachelle Incredible results, following the clean eating guidelines & total body transformation guide!
    Emma
    Emma Clean eating & handwork really do pay off!!
    Annon
    Annon 3 Month Progress, Thanks to Sophie for the inspiration and support! Here's to leaner living!
  • Natalie
    Natalie 4 weeks in!
    Farnoush
    Farnoush The left picture is on 80 kg The right one 58kg It is unbelievable what you can do if you just believe and just do it and stay focus.
    Joanne
    Joanne Check out this progress in only 12 WEEKS!!!
    Sammi
    Sammi Wow.Wow.Wow šŸ˜ By far the best part of any coaches job. The results, the hard work and the dedication that is so clearly shown here. šŸ˜µ Sammi had her little girl 2 weeks before the twins were born, and like me suffered with haemorrhaging at 8 weeks pp too. (This is really hard to deal with along with a newborn, surgery and recovery!) However after 4 weeks on my #tbtprogram check out her incredible results. I am so so proud and happy to have helped in some way! šŸ™ Way to go mama!!! šŸ˜†www.sophieguidolin.com.au/eshop

*These are testimonials from satisfied clients. Results can not be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person.

Have a question?
Check out my FAQs