How to avoid the most common mistakes at the gym

How to avoid the most common mistakes at the gym

If you’re just starting out at the gym, at the start of your fitness journey or are signing up for the first time, it can be a daunting place. Full of noise, bright lights and unfamiliar machines, it can disorientate and confuse us very easily. Here’s a list of the most common mistakes that people make for your reading pleasure!

Don’t wait too long for equipment

The gym is always going to be busiest during peak hours, it’s one of lifes unwritten rules. The best fix? Head to the gym early in the morning or after 7pm, once the pre-work and post-work crowds have finished. However, no matter how busy the gym is, you shouldn’t have to stall your routine in order to wait for equipment.

To get around this obstacle, always have alternative options in the back of your mind in case your preferred equipment is taken. Say the squat rack is taken? Swap your back squats with a set of dumbbell goblet squats, which can be just as challenging and add an element of core strength. Come prepared with a Plan B and you’ll stay moving rather than wasting your time waiting for the bench to open up

Warmup properly

Although it may save time, avoidong the warmup is a surefire way to get injured during a tough workout. Have a dedicated warmup that involves bodyweight exercises like lunges, squats, pushups, and jumping jacks to elevate your heart rate before you attack the weights head on.

No matter how short of a time you have, always include a quick warmup in your workout. Furthermore, before a big compound lift, like a squat or a deadlift, start with a warmup set with more reps at a lighter weight. It will increase blood flow to your muscles, and help you practice good form before you start going heavy. If you don’t have a lot of time to get in your lifting session, shorten rest periods and cut out a set of each exercise rather than ditching the warmup.
Not timing your rest periods

Avoid wasting precious moments between sets of an exercise.Wear a stopwatch or a smartwatch, or use an app on your phone to limit yourself to under a minute. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can finish your routine.

Get abs out of the way early

Leave your dedicated abdominal work till the end of your workout, and you’re likely to cut it short or do it sloppily. When you’re tired and nearing the end of a lifting session, the last thing you will want to do is multiple sets of planks, side planks, and leg raises. Instead, get the core training out of the way early by incorporating the same moves in between exercises.

Forgetting your water bottle

Although it may seem trivial in terms of your overall routine, leaving the thirst quencher at home forces many guys to head to the water fountain in between sets. The result? Wasted time between exercises. To keep your workout going strong, bring your own bottle and fill it up beforehand

 

Following these simple tips, you’ll be avoiding any major mistakes, making progress, achieving your goals and making the most of your time at the gym!


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