When you hit the gym you should try to avoid the most common mistakes when you exercise and see your results doubled.
Whether you’re new to the gym or have been going for years, there are some errors that even experienced gym-goers make time and time again. Not only can this lead to boredom or lack of results, you could be increasing your risk of injury.
If you’ve reached the peak in your training ,or you’re not getting where you want to be fast enough, there’s a good chance you’re making at least one of these mistakes. It’s time to get it done the right way.
Don’t Spend Too Much Time On One Cardio Machine
Cardio is central to fat loss, but if you spend more than 50% of your workout time on it, think again! To really improve your shape try weight training. Your body will drain its glycogen stores doing weights, so if you do 20 minutes of cardio afterwards, your body will switch to burning fat.
Be At The First Rows In Your Class
While group exercise is a great way to have fun and get fit, many of you just join classes without being given any guidance on technique.
When classes are too large, instructors can’t be expected to notice every single movement of every single person, so if you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to get yourself noticed!
Bad form will not only cancel out the effects of all your hard work, but lead to poor posture, lack of enjoyment and possible injury. Instructors are there to do just that: instruct. So don’t be embarrassed to ask what you want to know!
Don’t Fix Just On Fixed Machines
Many have all been there- you join the gym, an instructor shows you round the fixed resistance machines and you receive your new exercise programe – all on machines!.
Although fixed machines do serve a purpose, especially for beginners, you’ll get more from your time and effort if you do a dumbbell or body weight circuit.
Many machines isolate one muscle, which means you burn fewer calories and work fewer muscles. Plus, if you’re not using a machine, you’ll work your core, which helps to build a more functional body.
Know Your Weaknesses
We all have exercises we enjoy more than others, and that’s normally because we’re better at them.Take a step back and admit your weaknesses, then set about making them your strengths.
If you have slim arms, but your thighs could do with some trimming down, sign up to a Spin class and include more squats and lunges in your programe.
Perhaps you carry weight around your midriff? Work on your weak areas and it won’t be long before you become the whole package.
Set Goals And Don’t Abandon Them
Working out with a partner, or group of friends can be great fun, but if you’re training alongside someone with totally different goals, this can be detrimental to your own progress.
If your fitness levels are unevenly matched, or you enjoy different things, be honest with yourself and your training partner and go your separate ways after the warm-up.
You can always enjoy a sauna or coffee together afterwards, or get together every week for a weigh-in and progress review.
You can still have the benefits of joining the gym together, but you just need to keep your goals FIRST in mind.