When it comes to training, how do you know you’re on the right track? Knowing what not to do during and between training sessions is the trick to long-lasting results. Here are some of the most common training mistakes to avoid next time you hit the gym.
YOU’RE NOT PUSHING YOURSELF HARD ENOUGH
Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn’t feel like training as hard as you could have? Have you ever had two, three, even four of those days in a row? If you really want to reach your training goals, you have to go all in, every time.
There’s a difference between doing a lower intensity workout on a day you’re just not having it and completely slacking off doing something that usually makes you sweat through your T-shirt within five minutes. Even if you don’t feel like it, do it anyway. Do something that gets you closer to training success.
YOU’RE REPEATING THE SAME WORKOUTS
Just because you get really good at one workout by repeating it over and over again doesn’t mean you’re actually making any progress. You need variety in your training routine, otherwise your body isn’t going to benefit very much at all.
You have to mix it up. If you have a favorite go-to workout, there’s nothing wrong with doing it once or twice a week. Don’t use it as a fallback when you’re in that “something is better than nothing” mindset. That’s like making scrambled eggs seven days a week and expecting to be a better cook.
Probably one of the most harmful training mistakes is thinking it’s OK to overdo it. Pumping through high-intensity workouts seven days a week isn’t smart, and it’s not going to make you stronger or help you burn more fat. Challenging yourself is fine, but pushing yourself past the breaking point is only going to leave you in pain and regretful.
You’re much better off switching between short, high-intensity workouts and longer, lower intensity training throughout the week. It’s OK to take a day off every once in awhile, too. More is not always better. You need time to rest up and recharge.
YOU’RE NOT ALLOWING ENOUGH RECOVERY TIME
You can’t do a leg workout in the morning, sit around all day and expect to be able to do another leg workout the next day without consequences. You don’t necessarily need to take a day off, but you need to give one part of your body a break while you work out another.
“No pain, no gain” doesn’t mean you have to keep lifting and extending until you break. Slowing down doesn’t make you weak: it makes you smart. Guys who train smart are the ones who see results and manage to maintain those results.
The more training mistakes you make, the less progress you’ll see. Challenge yourself and expose your muscles to a variety of training techniques, but don’t overdo it, and give yourself a break every once in awhile. You’ve earned it.