If you want to get the most out of your workout and see the results you want without working harder, here are some common workout mistakes that you can avoid. You normally see people doing these things at big box gyms, where there's nobody to help. These errors can do more than just make your workout harder with slower results, they also can be the cause of injury. See if you fall into the group that needs to make some corrections.
Using the wrong form for exercises, including lifting is at the top of the list for common mistakes.
Using the wrong form has its consequences, the worst being injury that can set you back for months. When your form is off, you won't get the best results and may spend twice the time you would to see your hard work pay off, which can be discouraging and dampen motivation. It often takes more than just watching the exercise performed correctly, you need someone to watch to insure you do the movements right. It's easy to feel like they're correct, but that doesn't mean it's so. Get help to learn the right way to prevent injury and boost your results.
Thinking if it hurts that it must be doing some good is a big mistake.
It's one thing to work through some minor aches, but quite another to face a massive pain and ignore it. While some people don't push themselves enough, others push beyond a safe level. They move too quickly, increasing the intensity and length of each workout to the point that it causes injury. It's far better to measure your progress by number of reps, time it took to do them, intensity and amount of weight used for exercising than use the level of pain as a marker.
Failure to plan is one of the biggest mistakes.
Not only do you need to set goals, you need a plan to reach those goals and a way of tracking your progress to be successful. If you don't know where you're going, how are you going to know when you've reached your destination? Goal setting and tracking helps you stay motivated, too. It allows you to look back on the progress you've made on those days when you're ready to quit. It also gives you direction and keeps you on track, relieving you of trying to remember where you were at the workout previously.
While some people try to push their progress too fast, others don't adjust their program, even after they improve their level of fitness. They miss a great opportunity to improve their progress and reach an even higher level of fitness.
Many people fail to include diet as part of their workout program. The right type of diet is important for more than just loosing weight. Since each person has different goals and needs, we provide individual help in nutritional planning.
Working out alone is better than not working out at all, but it can be a mistake. Having the support of a like-minded community can bring huge benefits to everyone.
One reason I started underground athlete is to provide people who are serious about getting into shape the guidance and help they need to get their fittest, fastest.