Workouts Not Working? 5 Common Training Traps!
So you’ve been working out for a while now but progress isn’t coming as easy or as fast as you thought it would. You either need more patience or you need to REEVALUATE HOW YOU TRAIN! Although many of us gym rats train for hours as part of a therapeutic release, the average person just wants to be in and out of a gym within an hour. So how can you ensure that you’re training as efficiently as possible? Read below to make sure that you don’t fall into these TRAINING TRAPS:
1. THINKING THAT ADDING WEIGHT AND REPS IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROGRESS
It doesn’t…necessarily. Mindlessly continuing to increase workload is too much of a head-on approach and will likely just lead to an increased vulnerability to injury and or overtraining. There are a wide variety of other smaller factors that make up the building blocks of actually being able to increase workload in the right way. These might be related to exercise form, tempo, time under tension, etc.
2. YOU’RE NOT FOCUSED ON PERFECTION
Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. You shouldn’t even think of adding any more weight before you perfected an exercise’s form/technique. Think of each exercise as a separate skill that you need to perfect. Improving form will almost always trump just increasing weight load as you will be hitting that specific muscle more directly without using any other complemental muscles to compensate for bad form.
3. YOU’RE EYE-BALLING EVERY WORKOUT
Unless you’re an advanced lifter who’s been training for at least 5 years, you really shouldn’t be walking into the gym without a plan. This is what may lead you to hit plateaus as your body is never given the opportunity to settle into a solid workout program and progress when you keep switching up exercises! Having a thorough workout plan to follow will not only keep you accountable, but also make it easier to be consistent with your training regime.
4. YOU’RE LEARNING BY EXAMPLE TOO MUCH
Just because your favourite IG fitness model does an exercise doesn’t mean that you should too! When it comes down to it, training is a very PERSONAL thing that differs for EVERYBODY! Sure there are general textbook rules that will apply to most people, but at the end of the day you need to learn how your own body works/responds and figure out what works best for you.
5. YOU’RE MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOURSELF
“I work a 9-5, I don’t have time to work out”- You know that hour you used to watch Netflix when you got home? Spend that time in the gym!
“I have bad genetics”- We are all genetically gifted and cursed in different ways and forms. Suck it up and put in the work.
“I have weak knees/lower back. It’s too dangerous for me to lift weights”- Sitting on your couch at home stuffing your face with chips isn’t going to fix that. Go see a physio and get your body in check because your health is all you have!
Our job at ONE is to ensure our clients never make these mistakes again. Our service educates clients on how to train properly and guides them to train the best way which suits them. If you would like to find out more please book in for a free consultation here.