Going to the gym and working with a personal trainer does not guarantee you a healthy and fit lifestyle. It’s a good first step, of course, since it demonstrates your commitment, but at the same time, you’ve got to be cautious of the fact that some people spend so many hours at the gym with their personal trainer – only to end up staying out of shape, looking less confident, feeling less motivated, and
These are people who make the all-too-common workout mistakes that you should avoid. To find out more, continue reading below.
Wrong form or improper technique: This is one of the most important reasons why you have to find a personal trainer, even if you’re going to work with him for only a month or two. Bad form or technique while working out – with no one to correct it – is one of the surest ways to get injured. With a personal trainer, you’ll learn proper exercise techniques and program-design strategies that minimize the risk – and maximize all the effort you put into your workouts.
Not stretching or warming up: Stretching exercises aren’t just for show; they improve your posture and help your muscles become more flexible in preparation for your workout. Warming up, meanwhile, increases your heart rate and circulation, which in turn helps you progress more quickly while preventing injuries and other risks.
Winging it: This phrase refers to the act of showing up at the gym with no set goals or training objectives; it means reckless and randomly working out on whatever machines and gym equipment that happen to catch your eye; in short, “winging it” is springing into action – without a plan. Avoid this by finding a personal trainer who will help you assess your fitness levels and develop a strategic plan based on your results and feedback.
Same workout all the time: We don’t just speak of variety here. The key is to progress and to continue to challenge your body, no matter the level of fitness you’re on. Don’t go for months – or, heaven forbid, years – before you mix it up, increase your weights or reps, or focus on a different muscle set. With the advice of a good personal trainer, you should be able to change up your workout routine and prevent repetitive strain or overuse injuries.
Not eating: Losing weight does not mean not putting any food in your mouth. Otherwise, what’s going to be the fuel on which your body engine will run? So don’t starve yourself; instead, eat more to burn more. Keep your calorie deficit small so that every time you work out with your personal trainer, you will actually have some calories to burn.
Skipping workouts: Accountability leads to more motivation in your workouts, as well as to a healthier, more disciplined you. You may think that missing one session isn’t going to affect you all that much, but what many people don’t understand is that weight loss, or a toned, muscled body, is a cumulative product of a series of forward steps. Skipping workouts is a backward step. That’s why finding a personal training is so important: you have someone to which you’ll be accountable, and you have someone who will ensure that you continue to stay consistent, disciplined, confident, and motivated.
No balance in training: It’s great to walk into the gym and say to your personal trainer that you want to work on specific muscles, like your abs, your butt, or your chest. This does not mean, however, that you are only going to do exercises that target those muscles. It’s important to have functional balance in training, and to develop, too, the other structures and parts of your body that support your “favorite” muscles. So find a personal trainer who’ll create a program that develops every joint and muscle group, with respect to your training objectives.
Building up too quickly or slowly: A good personal trainer creates progressive and challenging programs so that you’re able to train to the best of your abilities. This keeps you from under-training or overtraining – from building up too quickly or too slowly. With a progressive program, your body is challenged consistently, while also being given sufficient time to adapt and adjust.
Using machines all the time: Machines aren’t necessarily safer; they can actually prevent you from activating more muscles and burning more calories than you’ll otherwise be able to if you use free weights under the guidance of a personal trainer. That’s because, unlike free weights, machines don’t encourage your muscles to control the weight and range of motion – everything is “fixed”; sure, they may support your strength-enhancing exercises, but for the most effective results, go for free weights and equipment that allow you to train in real-life movement.
No pain, no gain, and therefore, no rest: Torturing yourself is no way to live a healthier lifestyle. The key is to make you feel better, not worse. So avoid the workout mistake of not giving yourself sufficient time to rest. Let your muscles heal and go back to training only when your body has recovered from your last session.