What do you think the top five workout mistakes are? Do you think you are guilty of any of them? Well, let me just right into them. These five mistakes in my opinion are responsible for holding people back more than anything else.
- Not Keeping a Journal. I always recommend to everyone to get a diet journal and a workout journal to track their diet and workouts. It is absolutely imperative if you are serious about losing fat and building muscle. If you are simply trying to lose a few lbs, then I suppose it isn’t a big deal, but if you are serious about making progress, serious about getting stronger, serious about looking better, you have to track what you are eating, making sure you are hitting your calories and macros, and you have to make sure that you are progressing each and every week in the gym. You need to be either lifting more weight or performing more reps, or shortening your rest periods. It is all about progressing each and every workout.
- Not Having a Plan. Somebody that doesn’t have a plan goes to the gym, looks around, and says: “I think this machine looks good, lemme do a couple sets here” then they go over to another machine and are like: “Hmmm, I wonder what this machine does, let me do a few reps”. If you don’t have a plan going into the gym, knowing exactly what you are going to do, you will not progress as well as you could with a plan. I go into the gym each day knowing my exact workout, with my workout journal. I have my plan set up 12 weeks in advance at least. Now, I am not afraid to make adjustments as necessary, but I know where I want to be a year from now, so I put together a plan that should get me there.
- Not Sticking To a Program. This is what I call ‘shiny object’ syndrome. You start a new program, and do it a few weeks, then you either get bored, or you get distracted by hype about the newest and latest program just discovered that can allow you to lose 10lbs of fat in a week, and gain 20lbs of muscle in two days AND get a six pack while you sleep. You see, there isn’t any shortcut. Pick a program that is solid, that focuses on compound movements, that has you in the gym 3-5 times per week, and that challenges you. Do that and you are golden. No need to change your program.
- Comparing Yourself to Others. This is a big one. You go to the gym, you follow your diet and you see other people that seemingly don’t do those things that are bigger, or thinner, more muscular, and further along than you. I know, it is frustrating, it is disheartening, it is crap. There’s a couple sides of that. First, you don’t know what those people are doing in the time that you don’t see them. And second, comparing yourself does not help. It will not get you any closer to your goal. It’ll just tick you off, so don’t do it.
- Not Wanting it Bad Enough. You may say you want it bad enough, but what do your actions say? When it comes time to get up at 5:00 on a cold winter morning, what do you do? When you go to a family get together and they have all your favorite foods and you don’t know the calories in them, what do you do? When you are crunched for time because something came up, do you skip your workout, or do you fit it in? You see, most people can get in decent shape with just half hearted committment, but to get the body of your dreams, to get ripped, to build a beautiful body you are proud of, you have to take your commitment to a new level.
Don’t let yourself fall into any of these traps. Doing so will put your goals you have in serious danger. If you need help with your program, I have a few free programs, or I can customize a program especially for you. Here are my online personal training plans. Or contact me, and see what I can do for you.