The three biggest mistakes we make in the gym

The three biggest mistakes we make in the gym

Hitting that plateau or not even getting started on the right foot can scupper your enthusiasm in the long run or have you giving up before you’ve even begun.

The key to getting results is ensuring you’re doing things properly and avoiding these common mistakes...

 

Cardio Crazy

When you're new to the gym you can find yourself naturally drawn to the relative safety of the treadmill or crosstrainer. But don't get complacent! The best workout routine will include these three core elements:

  1. Strength/weight training
  2. Cardio 
  3. Flexibility training and stretching

 

Unachievable Goals 

By all means, dream big! But at the same time remember to set yourself some achievable goals. Without knowing where you’re going it’s hard to know if you’re achieving anything.

So whether you want to lose 10 kilos, gain bigger biceps, or run a faster 5k, a measurable goal will make it easier to stick to your training plan and see results.

 

Stuck in a Rut

Getting up, going to the gym, doing your workout and then going home can become a fixed pattern. It’s a great habit to create but the workout bit needs to change regularly. Doing the same things on repeat will not do your body any favours and you’ll soon hit that dreaded plateau.

Your muscles will learn your regular routine and stop working as hard. So ensure there’s a bit of variety for higher success rates.

Spend one day a week deviating from your usual workout and you may soon develop a new routine you enjoy even more.

 

Remove these mistakes from your routine and it shouldn’t be long before you’re over the hump and heading towards your next fitness milestone.

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Comments

Roger B.
22 June 2014

Roger B.

great cartoon - but a serious message. Aimless working out just gets demoralising. We all need to achieve.

Emma C.
19 June 2014

Emma C.

'Without knowing where you’re going it’s hard to know if you’re achieving anything' - wow that's quite a powerful statement. How true!! I hadn't ever thought that goals can make that much difference but I think I'm gonna get me some goals!

Olga N.
23 May 2014

Olga N.

I've had three or four ruts in the last 18 months and each time I always think I'm going to give up. Changing it up a little really makes a difference though.

Sasha B.
22 May 2014

Sasha B.

Thanks Pete - good ideas. As it happens I signed up yesterday for a 'Mad Dash' at the end of August. it's a family fun run for charity and it's a mini motivation for getting fitter. i reckon the secret is signing up to things so you have a reason for putting yourself through workouts!!

Pete R.
22 May 2014

Pete R.

Sasha - how about a charity run, or a triathlon?

Sasha B.
21 May 2014

Sasha B.

This is just what I need to read right now. I am stuck in a fitness rut. Same old gym stuff, getting bored like a hamster on a wheel and yes- the answer is I need a new direction. Hmmm,. not sure what though.....any ideas anyone?

Bradley C.
10 April 2014

Bradley C.

Aren't you just over-analysing a bit? Getting and staying fit really isn't that complicated. You just do it. Don't waste energy worrying about pitfalls and mistakes.

Mike D.
9 April 2014

Mike D.

Focus on what'd going right - not what mistakes you're making!!. For me, doing challenges/events through the year has transformed my workouts. Any small mistakes don't have much significance when I am committed to training for a challenge.

Sarah L.
8 April 2014

Sarah L.

it is indeed quite tempting to stick to the exercises that are easy or familiar; perhaps through fear of injury or sheer laziness. I must get out of that rut!

Pete R.
7 April 2014

Pete R.

Another mistake is to expect results immediately. It can take ages to see results in terms of weight loss or muscle gain, so just stick with it!

Mary C.
6 April 2014

Mary C.

I'd like to confess to my biggest training mistake: Getting pulled in by whatever the latest fad is!! Maybe it's the flipside of being stuck in a rut. I just can't resist the attraction of trying something new but I rarely stick at it.

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