If you’re going to the gym to tone up, get stronger, or feel better in general, GOOD JOB! Making the consistent effort is the most important part… it will strengthen this new habit that will last a lifetime. But...
You may be making some mistakes that are limiting the results you’re expecting to see.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve fallen into these traps myself in the past. But, overcoming these common pitfalls could lead to tremendous progress— the progress you’ve been so eager to see transpire!
What are the most common workout mistakes?
1. Starting Off Fast
If you’re coming off of an injury or you’re new to the workout scene, you may have the tendency to bite off more than you can chew.
And if you’re doing too much, too soon, it could lead to injuries and slow down your results. If you really want to take your results to the next level, doing less may do more for your body. Adapt your plan to get the best results.
2. Relying on Cardio
There are a lot of people who strictly rely on cardio for weight loss. Although this was popular back in the 80s and 90s, it’s not as practical today.
Nobody wants to do what I call “gerbil cardio” - meaning long slogs on a piece of cardio equipment for no reason other than the hopes of fat loss.
It’s actually completely unnecessary.
Building muscle is going to boost your metabolism and give you faster results.
This doesn’t mean that cardio isn’t important—it has a time, place, and protocol - it just shouldn’t be the main focus in your training plan.
Lifting weights AND doing the right type of cardio will give you the best outcome.
3. You’re Too Busy Isolating
There are a lot of people who focus on just one muscle group at a time when working out. Although not bad, since you are developing lean muscle mass…it could eventually limit your results as time goes on.
The best use of your time to get results is doing compound exercises. These exercises, which focus on multiple body parts, are great for expending calories and toning every muscle in your body.
Instead of just developing a specific muscle group, you’re going to work your back, abs, and chest at the same time. Compound exercises are great for developing better strength and stability, and may your time at the gym be spent more efficiently.
4. Not Focusing On Your Nutrition
If you’re working out hard, but you’re not fueling your body with the right foods, you’re basically negating the impacts of that workout.
Proper nutrition is one of the keys to recovering from a tough workout, which ultimately gets you to your goals faster. Finding the right nutrition plan for you, one that encourages lean proteins, healthy fats, easily-digestible carbs, and complex carbs may take your training—and your results—to the next level.
5. Listening to the Wrong People
Everyone believes they can be a personal trainer—especially those that have been working out for a long time, or who have 10,000 followers on Instagram 🙄 But what works for them, may not work for you. This is why you should seek the help of a professional—to design a training program that’s appropriate for your age, activity level, and goals. Although people mean well, sometimes it’s best to ignore the wrong advice, and implement the right tactics to keep your progress moving in the right direction.
If you’re not seeing the results you’re expecting from your current training, you may realize that you’re making some of the above mistakes.
Recognizing and correcting them could help you take a big step toward making significant changes to your body and life!