Common Gym Mistakes
In my 3 years experience of training at the gym, I’ve seen many people who work out the wrong way. They didn’t look like someone who is new to body building. And with this post, I want to point out the most common mistake when doing gym, no matter you are a newbie or have been working out for a long time.
1. Train too heavy/light.
This mistake I usually find it on the kinny/not too skinny/normal guys. When you train too heavily, your posture often become not precise, and this will affect your training session’s quality and will make you vulnerable to injuries. My advice: you should start with the amount of training that makes you feel comfortable and focus on correcting your posture.
This mistake often comes along with the first one. I’ve seen guys with bad shoulder but still try to lift a weight. The weight was too heavy and he had to focus all his strength to push the weight up and finish the session. This will only makes your shoulder injuries last longer. One more example, is with the Barbell Curl. This guy lean all the way to the front and put too much strength on the weight that each time he roll up his arms to train the front muscles, the weight almost fly up and hit his face. This does not only affect his back but also his shoulder and tendons on his arms. My advice, you should always find a guide or a trainer to help you before starting any session
3. Use speed and strength to finish the exercise.
I’ve seen many people train too fast because the amount of weight they took was too much and that makes them feel uncomfortable. So they had to use strength and speed to finish the exercise. There are exercise that require the taker to push the weigh very fast, while others require slow pushing. You must first research to see what the exercise require to build up the muscle group you are focusing on.
4. Leaving the gym without letting your muscle to loosen.
You have finish your training session to the heart’s content, and now about to leave. And so you made another little mistake that most people make, and that is not letting your muscle to loosen. This will help you rest your muscle and stretch them out. With this your body will move more flexible after training.
5. Talk to much.
I have to admit, i really don’t like those who go to the gym just to talk a lot about the things around you. If you are a talkative person, you should know that you are annoying to other people around you in the gym. And that if you talk to much it will affect not only your training session but other’s as well. My advice: always bring a music player with you. Listening to music will help you stay active and focus more on your exercises. It also signal to the talkative ones that “hey talkative, I am not interested in your story”
6.Only work 1 kind of exercise for a long time.
You don’t change your exercises type. Everyday you go to the gym, do the same exercises for a too long time. All of the above is hindering the development of your muscles. My advice: Don’t get too much into 1 exercise set. Change it once in a while to challenge yourself.
So above are the common mistakes that I’ve met over the years with my experience. Hope this can help you avoid them to get the most out of your training sessions.