Spend some time in the gym and you see a lot of common mistakes being repeated over and over. Here are some of the most common that you should avoid.
Ego training comes in two forms. Trying to use too much weight is more common in males, but there is also the focus of only doing what you’re good at, while avoiding what you’re not so good at.
A lot of females avoid upper body training because they don’t like it, but that will have a detrimental effect on your physique and strength.
The thing you are not good at is generally the thing that you will get the most benefit from doing. Plus, you’ll quickly turn a weakness into a strength with some focused effort.
Staying in your comfort zone
You don’t want to overdo it, but working out shouldn’t be easy. You need to be consistently doing a little bit more work to continue seeing improvement.
Too many people choose a workout at the beginning of their journey – which works for a while because it is new – and then continue to repeat the same thing for ever.
Once your body has adapted to the demands it is no longer being challenged and will not grow stronger. You must do progressively more to continue to see progress.
Sacrificing technique for reps and weight
Perfect technique often gets lost in people’s desire to do a certain exercise, weight, or number of reps. Sometimes you just need a trainer to show you how to do something properly, because if you never learn, you will always be doing it wrong.
This increases your injury risk, as well as generally making the exercise less effective. Doing something with strict technique – even with less weight – will be more effective over the long term.
Resting too much
Intensity is one of the most important variables in a workout. You want to get as much work done as possible, in the smallest amount of time possible.
You push yourself by keeping rest periods short, and doing more work. You don’t need to wait until you’re fully recovered. Sitting around texting, chatting, or watching YouTube is just wasting time. You’re better off getting a short, intense workout finished, and then leaving. There’s no need to spend more than an hour in the gym.