Just getting ready to start a workout program? If so, it’s wise that you take into account the biggest mistakes that most beginners make as they do. Sadly, many of these mistakes can completely prevent them from seeing results, which can then take them out of the workout game entirely.
By making yourself aware of what these are, you can ensure you side-step them and go on to see the results you desire.
Here are the biggest mistakes that beginners make – that you must avoid.
Perhaps the biggest mistake made is not getting sufficient rest. You’re motivated, you’re excited, and you’re going to do everything in your power to see success.
So you hit the gym 7 days a week. Big mistake. Remember, your body doesn’t grow stronger in the gym – it gets weaker. It grows strong when you are out of the gym resting.
Neglect this rest element and you are never going to get stronger. If anything, you’ll just get injured.
Starting Too Heavy
Another big mistake is starting too heavy. Beginners tend to let their ego’s get the best of them, lifting far more weight than they really should be.
Before you crank up the weight, you must master good form and obtaining that mind-muscle connection. Only once these are perfect should you begin to load up the bar.
An exercise done with heavy weight and poor form will never be as beneficial as an exercise done with lighter weight and good form. Remember that.
Neglecting Their Warm-Up
It’s also critical that you don’t forget to warm-up. This is another easy error to make because you are so excited to get right into the program itself.
But, your warm-up is important for not only getting you physically ready, but for getting your mind ready as well.
It’s also one of the best ways to reduce your chances of suffering from injury as well.
Doing The Same Workout Routine Religiously
The next error is doing the same workout over and over again. While it is important that you do stick with the same workout for some time in order to see if it’s going to deliver results, if it’s been 6 months and you are still doing the same sessions you did when you first started, it’s time for a change.
You need to shock your muscles, giving them a new challenge to deal with. Change things up every week or so in some way. This doesn’t mean a complete program overhaul, just adjusting the exercises, sets, or rep ranges.
Then once every 3-4 months, do a new workout entirely.
Finally, don’t forget to eat right. If you don’t fuel your body properly, it won’t perform as you had hoped. Think of your body like that of a sports car. If you don’t put in premium fuel (or any fuel at all), it won’t run.
The same goes for you.
So keep these beginner errors in mind. Do you see yourself making any of these? If you do, take steps to remedy them. If you don’t, you may not see the success you desire.