Three Weight Training Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them
If you are starting the year off right and trying to lose weight, I commend you! Great job. If you aren’t familiar with the gym, it may not only be intimidating, but you may potentially not know how to properly do certain exercises. Or, even worse, you think you do, but you actually are doing them wrong. Let’s go over three mistakes and what you can do to fix them.
Problem Number 1: Trying to do exercises that you have no clue to do. That’s great that you are trying new things and want to do new exercises. However, if you don’t know how to properly perform exercises, you won’t be getting the full benefit of it, and you could potentially hurt yourself.
The Fix: Before performing an exercise either ask a trainer at the gym, or perhaps somebody who looks like they know what they are doing OR, you can go online ahead of time and search how to do the exercise. YouTube is a great resource for this.
Problem Number 2: Not using the right amount of weight. There are many different ways to train, and I personally think mixing it up is the best way to go. However, what you don’t want to do is to use weight that is so heavy that you can’t properly perform your exercise, or weight that is so light that you don’t activate any muscle fibers, and don’t experience any growth. The theory is that you’ll get stronger in the lower rep range with heavier weights, and you’ll experience more size growth with a tad lighter weights and a few more reps. My personal preference? Nearly all of my exercises are in the 4-8 rep range. Usually with heavier weight.
The Fix: Try out different weight so you can see the best weight to use. You may even take a day before you start a new workout to see what the best weights are to use for your program. Remember, it isn’t a contest to see who can lift the most. You are only competing against yourself to better yourself each and everytime in the gym.
Problem Number 3: Not having a plan. You go into gym and wonder to and fro, and think, hmm, well that person used this machine, or did that exercise, so I think I’ll do it too. WRONG!!!!
The Fix: Have a concrete workout plan where you know exactly what you are going to do before you go in the gym. Track the number of sets, the number of reps, and the weight used. Next time you go in, try your best to beat your previous performance.
By avoiding these three mistakes while working out, you’ll have much better success in losing fat and transforming your body.
Good Luck! Post below and let me know what your favorite type of workout is.