You Could Be Wasting Your Time With Your Workout If You Make These Mistakes
Don’t make these mistakes with your workout. If you are, there are easy fixes that will have you seeing results
I’ve been in and out of a lot of gyms over the last decade and I’ve come to find out that most of them are made up of similar populations. By populations I mean the ratios of people who know what their doing to people who don’t know. I haven’t done the stats on this but from what I’ve seen, a lot of men don’t have a clue as to what they’re doing or should be doing with their workout to get the body they want. If they continue to make these common mistakes with their workout it will continue to be a waste of time.
I run a boot camp in Charlotte, NC which consists of all women. It’s a lot easier to attract women to a structured exercise program because they are more likely to seek help when it comes to things they don’t have a clue about. A what point does a man seek help?
Six-pack abs like these are made in the kitchen
You’re not eating right
First of all, let me fill you in on a little known secret about building muscle, losing weight or carving up that six pack. None of this happens in the gym. It all starts in the kitchen with what is eaten. Which takes me to the first mistake men make in the gym, they don’t consider nutrition.What matters most with building your ideal body is what you do outside of the gym, before and after your workout, with your nutrition. That means downing six-packs, wings and fries, and double whoppers must end if you want to see results. Otherwise you’re just wasting your time. So, stop thinking that you can eat whatever you want to because you’re working out now. That’s not how any of this works.
Solution: Consider using the free app MyFitnessPal. It’s what I encourage each of my clients to use to help them with their caloric intakes. It allows you to hold yourself accountable by examining each calorie you consumes. It also make recommendations.
Now, the workout. It’s not just men that do this, but at least women are more likely to seek the help of a trainer when they don’t know what they’re doing. Men…well, we know everything. Or, at least, we think we do. The second mistake men make in the gym is not knowing what they’re doing with form and technique and planning. Simply put, if you want to work your biceps you will want to learn how to do a proper curl. If you want those bulging quads you’ll want to learn proper squat technique. Form and technique are most important for reducing the risk of injury. Also having good form will allow some consistency with your workout. Meaning, you’ll do the arm exercises the same way every time yielding the results you want…granted you’ve been taking the nutrition part serious.
Solution: There are several. You can use a mirror for some movements. You can start on machines or with just your own body weight. The most effective solution would be to work with someone who knows what their doing.
You’re going too heavy
And lastly and most amusing…the third biggest mistake men make in the gym is allowing their ego to dictate their progress. Most of the time this is funny to watch. A man will come to the gym for the first time in his life and try to perform movements with the biggest weights he can handle. While this is funny to a fitness professional like myself I can also say this is very dangerous. Not only are these heavy weight causing these people to ignore their form and technique, their also increasing the risk of injury. Injury is a big reason why people stop going to the gym altogether, thus yielding no results.
Solution: Start with light weights or with just your own body weight.
Decrease the risk of injury and get better results by hiring a trainer
My advice to those men or women who are making one or all of these mistakes is slow it down, do a little research and know your limits. Don’t rule out the option of seeking the help and guidance of a professional who will eliminate you having to do the research…they already know what you’re trying to do and can get you going down the right path a little faster.
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