Everyone makes mistakes. No one is without fault. And no one has perfected exercise. Even people who have experienced fitness success do not necessarily know the flawless workout routine. People who are trying to integrate fitness in their daily lives are prone to errors.
In fitness, mistakes can lead to injury or sub-prime results. So it is key to, at the very least, avoid some of these common mistakes in the gym.
1. Waiting for equipment
Gym lines are bound to form during peak hours. An obvious way to fix this is by going to the gym in the early hours or late in the evening. If it’s impossible to avoid the gym during peak hours, then structuring a routine that will allow alternative options is key. Men’s Journal suggests: “Swap your back squats with a set of dumbbell goblet squats, which can be just as challenging and add an element of core strength. Come prepared with a Plan B and you’ll stay moving rather than wasting your time waiting for the bench to open up.”
2. Concentrating on a single body area
Focusing on certain movements and muscle groups while excluding others can cause bodily imbalance. This can cause reduced balance and weaknesses in certain areas, such as your back, for example. It’s best to have a well-rounded routine that embraces all body parts.
3. Doing workouts that are out of your league
Some people watch Navy Seal training videos and try to emulate what they do. Attempting to meet these audacious fitness goals is not realistic and can lead to unhealthy results.
4. Forgetting water
Staying hydrated is crucial while working out. Forgetting to drink water can lead to fatigue and will reduce results.
5. Not tracking your results
David Jones, head personal trainer at Sculpt Core Health and Fitness Consultancy, says: “Whether your goal is improved health, fitness, body composition or sports performance, you should always be striving to improve on something every time you work out. Practically speaking, write down what your main goal is, set a realistic time frame and then break it down into smaller incremental goals to try to hit each week. Don’t forget to track your results: if you are not assessing you’re just guessing.”