1. Lacking to have to focus.
Just going to the gym is more than half the battle, but once you get there, you might as well be making the most out of the time you’re spending. With all the commotion and different machine options, it’s easy to just wing it, which can sometimes still lead to a good, fatiguing and satisfying workout. For most guys though, it’s better to go in with a focus, knowing pretty much exactly what you want to do and how long you want it to take. You can be looking at 20 different workout programs at once, so don’t get overwhelmed. If you just focus on one workout that targets a few areas, you’ll see a progression of solid gains.
2. Neglecting to keep track of progress.
It’s best to keep a log so you can have some sort of tracking system for your workouts. It doesn’t take too much effort, and it will make it more evident when you need to work certain muscle groups over others and whether or not you should be progressing to the next level in certain exercises. This will help you have a more set plan and focus on your workouts.
3. Trying to do too much, too soon.
Trying to do too much too soon might just set yourself up for failure. This is definitely related to the Spending too much time in the gym concept, but it’s directed more toward guys who try to go all out for as long as they can, rather than having a casual stay at the gym for hours. If you’re just getting more active again after a long hiatus (or if you’re becoming more active than ever), it’s important to understand that the results you want won’t come through in a couple weeks of practically kill yourself at the gym. Using that method will only leave you frustrated that you haven’t gone through a very noticeable transformation yet, plus you’ll need too much recovery time, if you don’t get injured first. Slow and steady wins the race – doing too much can lead to burnout.
4. Ignoring proper exercise form.
If you’re doing an exercise like squats or something with free weights with incorrect form, hopefully, someone will come over to help you. Then again, a lot of guys aren’t watching out for that, plus he may not know the exact proper technique himself. Obviously, without proper technique, you’re risking injury any time you do such an exercise, and if you’re lucky, you’ll just feel uncomfortable and won’t gain as much as you should from any given exercise. Even if you don’t want to hire a trainer on an ongoing basis, pay one for a session just to get all of the proper techniques down, whatever exercises you might be interested in.
5. Doing stretch-holds before a workout.
In the past few years, there’s been plenty of evidence, most recently from a UNLV study, on the superiority of dynamic stretching over static stretching as a warm-up to exercise. If you’re looking to push your muscles to their limits, it’s been found that static stretching can hinder your strength and performance by a bit, but more importantly, dynamic stretching helps your transition into a workout by putting your muscles through their maximum range of motion, rather than simply holding your muscle in an elongated state for a period of time. Get moving before you work out and save the static stretching for later.
6. Spending too much time in the gym.
This might seem ironic, but it’s a concept you should take into account for the sake of your body, and your schedule. If you’re spending two hours a day in the gym, it’s simply too much unless, perhaps, if you’re training for some competition that requires an elite level of athleticism (in which case, you’re not a newb). If you’re in the gym for two hours, chances are a lot of that is just busy work. So when you arrive at the gym, have an idea of what you want to do and work hard, and don’t take long breaks. It’s the classic quality over quantity concept.
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