The most common gym mistakes and how you can fix them
Sometimes, the only thing harder than actually getting yourself to the gym can be knowing what to do when you’re there. There are so many do’s and don’ts out there that many people end up harming their progress purely because they’re unknowingly following the wrong advice, or they’re making it up as they go along because nobody has ever told them what they should be doing.
In an attempt to clear up some confusion, here are some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen – and what you can do to fix them.
Varied workouts are important
Lots of people do the same workout day in day out, the same exercises in the same order, with the same weights – and then wonder why they’re not seeing results. It’s important to mix things up and keep your body guessing – so incorporate different exercises, change the weight you’re using and the reps you’re doing, and avoid getting stuck in an exercise rut!
Don’t obsess over your results
While it’s important to set yourself goals and have an overall objective you’re working towards, it’s so important that you don’t become obsessed with your results. When you start an exercise routine, your goals are what will keep you motivated – but we’re only human, and sometimes you’ll feel like you’re smashing it in the gym… and other days you might feel like you’re not making any progress at all.
For me, it’s more important to love the process of working out; allow yourself an off-day every now and again, and as long as you stay consistent, you’re more likely to reach your goals without having to stress or obsess over your results.
The crowd isn’t always right
Fitness trends will always come and go, and there will always be a new ‘best’ way of exercising and losing weight – but that doesn’t always mean that the latest craze is the best. If you constantly hop from one form of fitness to another, you’re never really giving yourself the chance to develop your technique and reach your goals.
Plus, just because it’s popular, it doesn’t mean it’s right for your body. Let’s say you’ve got a weak core and back ache – you’d be better doing pilates than boxing. Or, you’re looking to improve your flexibility – you’ve got more to gain by taking up yoga than attending a HIIT bootcamp three times a week. Ultimately, you should listen to what your body needs – and not what’s the hottest fitness trend on your Instagram feed!
Eat before you work out
Good nutrition goes hand in hand with fitness, and it’s so important that you give your body the fuel it needs before you hit the gym. The best time to eat is 1-2 hours before training (and you can find the best foods to eat here), and doing so ensures that your body doesn’t become depleted or starved.
Get out of your comfort zone
If you’re a regular gym-goer, it’s far too easy to get stuck in a rut where you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. It’s easy to make excuses, and sometimes it might be hard to drum up the passion and motivation you need to get you through that final set. But pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is essential, and it’s the only way you’ll really see results!
Whether your fitness goals involve losing weight, building muscle or perfecting your technique, there’s always room for improvement. Is there anything you’re finding challenging in your workouts? Leave me a comment with any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer you!