I haven’t been around here that long and there’s plenty of guys with more experience and progress than I have, but I feel somewhat compelled to share these observations that are staring me unavoidably in the face.
I specify serious noobs, by which I mean guys (and girls) who I perceive as having a prayer of being in this game a few years from now with progress commensurate with that period of time. Here they are not necessarily in order of importance.
1- OVERANALYSIS There are people here who burn more calories thinking and talking about what they should do than they do in the gym. Pick something designed for beginners and do it. Do it for a while, while you learn more.
2- DRAWING A FALSE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN GETTING HUGE AND GETTING ANYWHERE Most people new to the iron game nowadays seem to believe that if they’re not careful they’ll quickly blossom into a Vic Richards look alike and measures should be taken right at the start to insure that never happens. ANY progress will require lots of work and lots of food. Put it on your mirror.
3- OVERESTIMATING HOW MUCH AND WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL GET OR KEEP THEM FAT Nobody wants to or should be “fat”. However if you are working hard enough to actually grow you may be astonished to learn how much un-lite version, un-low fat food your body can 'absorb.
4- UNDERESTIMATING HOW MUCH AND WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS NEEDED TO GROW OPTIMALLY If you are working hard enough to actually grow you may be astonished to learn how much un-lite version, un-low fat food your body will demand.
5- TOO MUCH INFORMATION TOO SOON This is a strange one and mistake may not be the best way to label it, but in this day and age of the internet people have instant access to practically every piece of data ever pondered by anybody in the history of the world. I can’t help, but observe that this blessing/curse situation leads directly to mistake number one in many cases.
6- OVERRELIANCE AND FAITH IN SUPPLEMENTATION Supplements are not drugs and will never produce results that even remotely approach what can be seen with drugs. This may seem obvious, but to read some people it’s clear that they are counting on more than they will ever see. Quality supplements positively augment an already sound lifestyle which makes them worth using, but they will never perform the miracles that are too often expected of them.
A whole volume could be written about each of these and I’m sure there are more. I’m even surer that plenty will disagree with this whole thread, but there it is for what it’s worth.