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The Top 5 Ways To Screw Up In The Gym

Screw up working outIf you’ve been going about your gym workout routine for quite some time but are still not seeing the results that you hoped you achieve, it may be time to re-evaluate your approach and see if you aren’t making some big mistakes that are costing you your progress.
Many people do screw up in the gym, either with their program planning or their workout execution and this can get to be very frustrating if they aren’t seeing results because of it.

Let’s walk you through the top five ways that some people screw up in the gym so you can get a better idea what not to do so you can find yourself back on track again.

Perform Too Much Volume
The first mistake people make in the gym is really overdoing it when it comes to volume.  They perform set after set after set, fully exhausting their body. Remember, when doing that much volume you’re really going to cut into your total recovery ability and cause you to require more downtime before getting back into the gym for your next workout. Instead, keep your lifts intense but the volume down. This will allow you to recover quicker so you can get back into the gym sooner again.

Perform ‘Pump’ Work At The Expense Of Compound Lifts
The next problem that often comes about is performing far too much ‘pump’ work, such as bicep curls and tricep extensions. Many feel that these are the fastest way to results since they cause their muscles to feel bigger and they look bigger when leaving the gym.

But, pump work won’t cause size gains that last.  Instead, you want to focus on compound lifts that allow you to lift heavier. These will be what allow you to make the strength gains you’re after and when you do get results, they’ll be permanent.

Doing Cardio First
The next mistake is starting your workout with far too much cardio training.  While cardio definitely is important, save it for later on in the session or on another day.

You want to be as fresh as possible when doing your workout and if you’re doing half an hour of cardio beforehand, you will be in some state of fatigue.

Moving Out Of Correct Form
Another key mistake that’s often made is sacrificing good form for lifting heavier. You definitely do want to lift as heavy as possible to challenge yourself, but don’t let that mean you move out of good form. If you want to see the best results possible, form must be 100% on at all times.

Not Scheduling Down-Time Or Deloading Weeks
Finally, the last gym mistake that’s often made is not taking time to rest or scheduling in deloading weeks where you back off the weight.
If you’re constantly training with 110% intensity, eventually you’re going to burn yourself out and when you do, you won’t make any further progress.

After every 8-12 weeks straight, take a week off or go very lightly in the gym. You’ll come back feeling fresher than ever and ready to make some serious progress.

So there you have the main things to consider about your workouts. Were you making any of these mistakes?



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