Maybe you want to start doing mobility consistently, but aren’t sure where to start.

Or maybe you’ve tried to follow some random IG reels but aren’t sure if they’re suitable for your specific limitations.

I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone.

 **All mobility beginners face the same 10 problems.**

And the reason these problems are so common is because so many of you are STUCK in the old fitness world… still following “the old rules” of fitness and believing they need to go to failure at each workout and eliminate every food you enjoy to get results with your fitness and mobility. 

When that’s simply just not true.

Here are the problems that hold mobility beginners back the most, along with some mental shifts to help you overcome them:

1.**Finding time to exercise:** 

One of the biggest reasons mobility beginners don’t train is because they “don’t have time.” 

Well, here’s the thing—not just about training, but about anything in life: when it comes to making progress on things that are important to us, you don’t “find” time. 

You make time. 

We call these hours your Sacred Hours, and encourage mobility beginners to make time where they are a) most likely to be available, but b) least likely to be disturbed by the outside world. 

Your Sacred Hours might be early in the morning, at lunch, or at night. But it’s on you to pinpoint them, and then protect them. The most common times that work for our clients are Mon, Wed, Fri in the morning or Tues and Thurs in the morning. 

A hack that we get all our clients to do is to add these slots to your digital calendar so you see it every week.

2.**Injuries:**

Most mainstream fitness programs don’t cater for bodies with miles on the clock. 

They don’t understand that you most likely have a knee, low back or shoulder issue and don’t help you overcome this issue. This leads you to get caught in the frustrating trap of making your injuries worse, anytime you try to get fit again. 

But the truth is, these injuries need to be addressed first. One of the first big areas we address in my coaching program The Strong For Life Blueprint is that, in your first week we do a movement screen to check your limitations and weaknesses and from there we create a fully customised program for you specifically, not some 20 year old who’s never been injured before. 

Now you can focus on showing up and rebuilding a strong and mobile body you can rely on long term.

3.**Perfectionism:**

Ah, a mobility beginner’s favorite excuse. “It’s not the right time to start.” OK, when will it be the right time, then? 

One of the biggest obstacles mobility beginners need to overcome early on is realizing that “perfect” is an unreasonable milestone. More importantly, aiming for “perfect” slows you down—so much so, that other mobility beginners who aren’t aiming for perfect end up zooming right by you. A reframe we find helpful here is to allow yourself to “just show up.” 

Who cares if you do an amazing workout? 

In the initial phases, you are learning and most importantly building a consistent exercise habit. And the more you train, the faster you will progress, the better you’ll get, and so on. Aiming for perfection isn’t productive. Just think of how much further along you’d be if you’d started last year?

4.**Procrastination:**

“I’ll start training *tomorrow*.” We have a saying in The Strong For Life Blueprint, and it goes like this: “Don’t miss twice”. 

If you miss a workout, that’s fine, but just make sure you don’t allow that to turn into 2 weeks. The secret to mobility is to train and nurture your exercise Habit. And in order to build an exercise Habit, that means you need to show up at set times each week. 

If you miss a day, that’s fine. Don’t beat yourself up. But get back at it tomorrow. Otherwise, too many “tomorrows” will go by.

5.**Information overload:**

How do you build a strong and mobile body? You train. 

It’s so simple that it’s complicated. The reason why you struggle with this at the beginning is because there are unlimited roads you can go down. The problem with the internet is you have unlimited conflicting information. 

It becomes impossible to understand which piece of information is suitable for you specifically. 

And when you’re unsure what you’re following is correct, it’s easy to jump to something new each week. So in order to overcome this fear of wasting time and following the wrong path you need clarity on what to follow. That’s why we recommend avoiding program hopping.

You need to follow a program consistently to get results. 

The reframe here is: nobody gets to their destination by following multiple roads. They get there by sticking to the right road until they hit their destination. That’s why we recommend getting help from a coach to ensure you are starting on the right road. 

You can book a strategy call here if you need help here.

6.**Lack of Immediate Results:**

A lot of mobility beginners become discouraged when they don’t see immediate improvements. 

They fear that they’ll never get out of pain, reduce stiffness and see results. But what we’ve found is when our clients are following the right program they actually progress much quicker then previous attempts. This feedback loop then creates more motivation to continue.  

Instead of wondering if they are on the right path, they can focus on showing up consistently. 

Part of this problem is mobility beginners not understanding how to see what counts as results. Being able to train every week, improve sleep, recovery and time for themselves are all markers that turn into long term results and it’s why we have multiple weekly metrics we have our clients track so they can see themselves progressing each week. 

Why? Because it works.

7.**Burn out:** 

The reason mobility beginners experience burnout is because they neglect themselves and put work and family first. 

A lot of mobility beginners feel they need to put everyone before themselves But this mindset is flawed. What good are you to your family if you’re a burden to them because you neglected your own health? It is why the airlines always tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first, so you can help those around you. That time you invest in yourself each week isn’t taking time away from loved ones, it’s actually helping them. 

It’s giving you years of health-span so you can be a better partner, parent and more productive at your job.

8.**Training consistently:**

The vast majority of my clients didn’t have a mobility problem. 

They had a consistency problem. It’s a cliché because it’s true. Look at any successful athlete, author, musician, artist, etc. Anyone who has stood the test of time did so because they were able to create prolifically over a prolonged period of time. 

Consistency, in itself, is a powerful differentiator. 

And if you have trouble being consistent, I encourage you to sign up for our next coaching intake, where you’ll be given a support system, a community of fellow mobility beginners, an Accountability coach, and more, all with the goal of keeping you on track and getting more mobile each day.

9.**Chronic Stress and Fatigue:**

The fitness industry tells you to push past fatigue and stop being lazy but this causes you to feel even more worn out, stressed and pick up injuries. 

That’s why we reverse engineer a lifestyle that beats stress and boosts energy with our clients. We focus heavily on helping clients create structure to their weeks with our simple planning framework. This helps our clients get their time back and feel in control of their lives. We also focus on sleep. We’ve had multiple clients join the program averaging 4 hours of sleep for decades. 

They are self proclaimed insomniacs who’ve “tried everything”.

But the honest answer to this question is: once we looked at their lifestyle we found they were on screens all day. They had no pre bed wind down, they had no way of brain dumping all the things that stressed them out. Their diet was full of caffeine and alcohol which affect sleep.

Once we started making small sustainable changes, guess what happened? 

Yep, their incurable insomnia improved and they started sleeping 7-8 hours a night. Then the stress and fatigue disappeared. That’s why we focus on building an exceptional foundation for our clients.

Because it all contributes to long term mobility and health results.

10.**Distractions:**

Mobility beginners love distractions. 

It’s the easiest way to postpone doing the thing that needs to be done, which is to show up and train. “I need to do my laundry” is a common one. So is, “I need to give my friend a call” or “I’ve been working so hard lately, I could use a night watching Netflix.” But a small, powerful reframe here is actually seeing the distractions in your life as a reality that will always be there. 

So when you realise you’ll always be busy, you need to reframe how small an initial commitment you need to make with mobility. 

If you resonate with any of the above, don’t worry.

A lot of people struggle with these things.

In fact, you are part of the majority. These are the issues keeping MOST people from building a consistent mobility routine so they have a strong, reliable body.

The good news is, they’re all easy to fix—once you start down the path of exercising consistently.

Conor

 

We are starting a new longevity program later this month. Specifically for mobility beginners over 30 who want to rehab old injuries, feel supple and strong, feel a decade younger and drop up to10kgs in the next 12 weeks. Fill out this form if you’d like to learn more.