Walk into any weight room floor, and you’ll most likely see guys doing exercises or using the form that will make you cringe. You could screw up yourself at the gym. Often, you may find it hard to set a proper routine, especially when you’ve got various equipment to choose from. Some of the mistakes you make may be minor, but they could turn out as huge setbacks to your gains.
For an easy time at the gym, make your workouts more effective, achieve faster results, and avoid the following mistakes.
Waiting for Preferred Equipment
During peak hours, long queues are very common, especially in a reputable gym. So that you’ve quality time and follow through with your training program, choose the off-peak hours for your workouts. That could be the early hours of the morning or late in the evening when crowds have finished. Don’t ‘kill’ your routine waiting for the equipment. That would mean you get alternative options in case your equipment is occupied. For instance, if the squat rack is taken, you can use the swap dumbbell for your equally challenging goblet squats and add the critical element of strength. As you go to the gym, be prepared with a plan B to stay moving and not waste time at the bench.
Skipping Warm-Up Session
You may think you’re saving time by dodging the pre-workout warm-up. That’s a sure way of getting injured during your workouts. You need a dedicated warm-up that’s packed with bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, and push-ups, and such. That will elevate your heart rate before you get to the heavyweights. No matter how shot the time you have for workouts, ensure you’ve a few minutes for a warm-up before you get into the session. The intensity of your workout should be in increasing order of intensity. That increases the blood flow to the area, and practice movement before you go heavy.
If you’ve less time for your lifting session, then make your rest periods short and cut out a set of exercises so that you create time for a warm-up. Do not ditch it altogether.
Failure To Plan Your Routine Ahead Of Time
Walking into a gym without a well-cut-out plan is like going to the grocer without a shopping list. You’ll end up spending time on unnecessary activities. You must have a well-thought-out plan as you go here, which includes the warm-up sessions, sets, reps, and the order you want to take them. Do you have a working buddy? Then you need to discuss the plan in advance so that you’re both on the same page. That will cut down on talking and help you get down to business quickly.
Doing Cardio Before a Lifting Session.
Cardio will always come in handy in any workout plan, but it can turn out detrimental if done wrongly. When you’ve a 30-minute jog before the heavy squats, it prepares your body by ensuring a good supply of oxygen to the tissues. But overdoing it could lead to fatigue and, therefore, poor results for your workout. The best option would be getting the form-intensive sifting session done first, and after, you can hit the cardio.
Your purpose for hitting the gym is to improve your body fitness and maintain excellent cardio health. However, not everything you do at the gym will give you desired results. The most important thing is to plan your workout prior. That way, you have a balanced session and hit your goals faster.