There are a worrying amount of injuries each year in the gym which are caused by people using equipment that they don’t quite know how to use. Equally, mistakes in the gym can actually lead to you not getting the results that you are looking for and it is important to know what the common mistakes are that people make, so that you can avoid them.
I have spent a great deal of time both working and using gyms in the past and so I am very used to seeing the mistakes that people make. Let’s take a look then at some of the common mistakes which you need to avoid if you want to avoid injury and get the best results possible.
Cardio vs Weights
Many people seem to think that weights are just there for the bulky power lifters and those who are looking to make gains but this is not the case. You don’t just need to use cardio equipment if you are looking to improve your condition and using light weights for a variety of exercises can often do more good than running on the treadmill for an hour.
The gym can be a pretty scary place if you are new and I often see people simply arriving at the gym, doing a small but effective workout before leaving with a smile on their face. Getting to the gym alone is definitely an achievement but it is one that means nothing if you’re not ready to put the work in once you are there. Before you hit the gym, make sure that you have a workout plan which you can stick to and avoid feeling like a rabbit in the headlights.
Bad form when using weights or machines can cause bad injuries or at the very least, ensure that you are not going to get the results that you are after. Don’t be frightened to ask the gym staff how you should be using a certain piece of equipment before you get started to make sure that you are not wasting your time.
Much of gaining results from gym workouts is in the rest and recovery that you give your body and if you want to make sure that you are doing the best workout that you can, you must rest in between sessions. The key is to work out different areas of the body each time that you go to the gym so that you can allow it to rest in between sessions.
Your workouts should be fluid and flexible and they should also be increasing in difficulty with each week that goes by. If you do the same workout each week, no matter how difficult it is, you will reach a sort of terminal velocity that you’ll never get passed. Once you find your workout that little bit easier, it is time to ramp it up a level to make sure that you are constantly striving for a better body.