Steering Away from Workout Mistakes for Maximum Results

Everyone wants to be their own personal trainer. You feel that no one knows your body better than you, so who better to figure out how to make it taller, stronger and slimmer? The problem is that you are your own worst enemy, and your own ego, imagination and prejudices about what it takes to change your body can slow down your progress (despite your “inner knowledge”). But at the end of the day, we all want to take charge of our own training. So if you are doing it or have already done it, at least you know the pitfalls that you should avoid.

Mistake #1: Doing Way Too Much

This is easily the most common and destructive problem among beginners and experts. Sometimes it is simply impossible to imagine making less than five judgments for one exercise, while in reality (and especially for beginners) two or three are usually enough.

The problem comes from the bodybuilding sport, and the training routines of its champions, still genetically gifted and often enriched with steroids, have made it famous. Through magazines, other media and pop culture, we believe that if we want bigger arms, we should do four different types of curls like a bodybuilder, with a series of drops, with each attempt doomed to failure with a five-second negative or another advanced technique.

The truth is that, fortunately, muscle building is not so complicated. At least not for people who are at an early stage of training or do not intend to take performance-enhancing medicines. Take a look at how many sets, on average, some of the most popular bodybuilding and fitness trainers of today prescribe in one workout.

Full body: If you train your whole body in one session, one exercise per muscle group is enough; two to three sets each.

Upper / lower section: perform a main lift (for example, bench press or squats), then perform two support exercises that work the same muscles and opposite muscles to maintain balance, and then finish the abdominal / arm / calf / forearm work (or an area that you consider a weak point).

Split body part: Three to four sets of about five different lifts should do this.

Doing more work than necessary can lead to overtraining and health problems, not to mention time-consuming workouts. As with medications, you want to determine the minimum effective dose as a net result. Train hard and you will see that you do not need to train too much.

Mistake #2: Doing Too Much Of One Thing, Not Enough Of The Other

Whenever we set a goal, we tend to focus our training on one thing and forget about all the other little things that are not a priority. The only problem is that these “little things” count. For example, many people start lifting weights because they want to build a bigger chest. They start doing all kinds of presses, curls and push-ups in their training, because they are looking forward to seeing their chest grow.

Unfortunately, they don’t think about their shoulders and upper back and how all this extra work affects them.

Remember, this line in the fitness world is similar to the golden rule: “Whatever you do on one side of a joint, you should do the same amount on the other side.”While a certain amount of unbalanced training is helpful for lifting a lagging muscle group (if it’s a big weak spot), most of the time, even if you’re just starting out, you’ll progress faster if you keep things the same.

If you want to do 20 sets for the breast on the day of the breast, do at least the same amount for the consecutive day.

Balance is especially important for training the chest through the action of the shoulder. The pressing movements pull the arms in front of the body, lengthen the muscles of the back of the shoulders and tighten the deltoid muscles and the front pectoral muscles. Without rowing movements that counteract this movement, you will develop a firm chest and rounded shoulders over time, which, in addition to poor posture, will prepare you for a shoulder health problem.

Try to surpass the pushing and pulling movements to always make sure that you have worked hard enough. Also pay attention to your training. If you keep a diary, you can track the balance of the account.

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