If you’re wanting to get into a specific sport/activity then you are faced with a huge list of choices & it can be hard to narrow it down to one single thing
I wanted to write this post today for you to have a little insight into how I recommend you go about this selection process & when you have decided, what to do from there.
First things first I believe you should experience as much as you possibly can before you make a final choice
When you experience many different types of exercise/sports that all involve different rules & regulations you can have a good understanding of what general direction you want to move toward
Just take boxing for example – you might hate the whole idea of competing by yourself & what that involves. So that’s one thing you have experienced & learned – a team sport may be more appropriate for you right now
So if you can start & use the experiences you have to narrow down what you want & don’t want then this can make the whole process fly by in maybe a month or two
Could you imagine how long it would take to try every single type of sport/activity? Too long – that’s how long
So once you have a general idea of which particular area you want to go into start narrowing it down a little more specifically
This can be done by personal preference but also any experience you have, what your body is like & what fits in with your life
If you have experience with any type of serious sport/exercise then you will have probably developed specific physical & mental characteristics associated with it. It would be easier to get back into that in the beginning so that’s something to think about
Next is your preference, say you have had experience with something in the past then that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn new skills & develop new characteristics, if you’re hungry to get good at a new skill/sport then that will be very good for your development
So what is your body like?
If you’re a 250lb 6’4 monster then I wouldn’t recommend you to start off as a marathon runner. If you’ve had 10 years of serious Powerlifting coaching then becoming a professional gymnast is going to be a good idea (helpful though).
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to push yourself & try new things.
But with the type of body you have then you have to think about the likelihood of being successful. Think about this ‘Am I starting off at a disadvantage before I even start’?
Remember, not many people like doing anything that they’re not good at!
If you can get into something that you have an inclination to do well at, you will enjoy it as you see progression.
Let’s say you have a 400lb bench & you’re 200lbs then a powerlifting route may be a good shout
If that’s a little slow paced for you, have a look into American Football/Rugby
Also I want you to think about will it support you & your lifestyle & long term goals
If you want a muscular physique & to be healthy until an old age & you’re getting on in the age department then some type of bodybuilding/strength training program will be ideal yes but what about when boredom sets in (if it ever does)?
You could try something like competitive swimming, 400M sprinting & high intensity training maybe – low injury risk, explosive movements promotes lean muscle development & flexibility is a high priority
Even if you’re not interested in competing at a high level then just have a think about something you could do to have a social aspect, getting around like minded people can be a great way of simply just having fun!
Just to give you an example of all this I had a choice to make a few weeks ago..
I used to play rugby in school
I’ve since gotten into Strength & Conditioning coaching
Tried MMA, Strongman & oddly enough dabbled in long distance running
I had free time in the afternoons & wanted more of a social aspect to my training so I went back to rugby but I wanted a change so I play in a different position & have pushed myself & gone for quite a good team with lots of room to progress
I have everything I want!
Social aspects, Coaches for me, Set times to train at, Games – to push me to train harder than I normally would
Plus I get a good balance of strength & conditioning!!
So what are you going to try?
When are you going to start looking around?
Enjoy the process & learn new stuff