There are lots of mistakes that people make at the gym. Here are 7 common gym mistakes you should try to avoid.
1. Bad Form
You can see people using bad form when performing various exercises all the time. It might not make much difference if you’re using really light weights but once you start lifting heavy, having bad form will not only slow down your progress, it will also increase your chances of being injured. Learn the correct form. It’s much better to lift lighter weights with good form than heavier weight with bad form.
2. Spot Training
This is normally done by people who are trying to lose fat. One of the most common exercises when it comes to fat loss is sit ups. Many people believe that by doing a ton of sit ups, they will lose the belly fat. The truth is, in order to lose fat in one area, you need to lose fat throughout your entire body. Where the fat comes off first will mainly depend on your genetics.
To lose fat, focus on a better, leaner diet and don’t waste time with spot reduction.
3. Not Keeping Track of Progress
Unless you’ve been working out for years and know exactly what you’re doing, it’s a good idea to keep track of your progress. By doing this, you’ll know where you’re improving and where your progress is slowing down. It’ll also save you time from not having to guess or remember what weights to use on which exercises on which sets.
4. Lack of Intensity
Two people can do 10 reps of bicep curls and get different results. One person can just go through the motions while the other one does every rep with intensity. Whatever exercise you’re doing, focus on the contraction of the muscle being worked on and use weights that’s heavy enough that the last rep is a challenge. Pushing yourself slight beyond what’s comfortable will help give your body the workout it needs to gain muscle or burn fat.
As the saying goes, “Either go hard or go home.”
5. Getting Sidetracked
When you go to the gym, you need to focus. Your goal there is to work out your muscles and body. Far too many people spend their time socializing or wandering aimlessly around the gym. It’s fine if socializing is what you want to do but try to save it until you’re done with your workout.
6. Not Going at Your Own Pace
This usually happens when you see someone lift heavier weights than you and it makes you want to lift heavier. Being competitive is fine but if you get ahead of yourself, especially if it causes you to use bad form, you’ll hurt your progress. Go at your own pace. So what if the other person is lifting more than you? Put your ego aside and focus on steady progress instead.
One of the most common things people do when it comes to working out is continuously starting over. The initially excitement is always fun. You’re super motivated so getting yourself to the gym is easy. However, once that excitement dies down, it will become harder and harder to get yourself to work out. Fight the urge to throw in the towel.
Do whatever you need to do to keep your workouts consistent. You’ll eventually reach a point where going to the gym will become easier and easier, to the point where not much motivation will be needed. Getting the body you want can take years and even longer if you keep starting over. Be consistent and the body you seek will only be a matter of time.
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