July 13, 2016

7 training mistakes you may be making

Many people are working hard to improve their fitness, but they are actually making some common training mistakes. Be sure to avoid the following training mistakes in your own fitness journey.

1. Going too hard.

This is typical at the beginning of the year when people are looking to make a change in their health. They will go hard the first day, and then spend the next two days struggling because they overdid it. Instead, start with basic body weight movements and take it easy. Once the skill is developed, weights and progression can be added over time.

2. Not having intention.

Don’t do things for the sake of doing it. If you don’t have a clear purpose, it’s easy to drop out of a program quickly.

3. No intensity.

Some people are just going through the motions and using the same weights months later. To allow the muscle to progress, you have to challenge it and progress by working up to heavier weights.

4. Lack of consistency.

Working out sporadically will not give the muscle enough stimulus. Keep persisting so you are building on the progress you’ve made.

5. Lack of rest.

Rest is a component of building. That’s when the body rebuilds the muscle. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, as this is a big part of getting an appropriate amount of rest.

6. Poor form.

If you’re not using the right form, you are pushing yourself through an unusual movement pattern and possibly straining muscles that were not intended to be strained. If you don’t know the proper form of the exercise, ask a trainer.

7. Not feeding.

Food is critical because it provides building material for your body in the form of proteins and fats. It’s also an energy source, which is critical for your well-being.

By avoiding these common training mistakes, you will set yourself on the path to a stronger, healthier version of you.

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