Here are the 5 most common fitness mistakes made by newbies that you need to make sure that you DON'T Do:
1. Doing Too Much Too Soon
This one is tough for some peoples’ egos. They don’t want to look like a weakling in the gym, so they start lifting weight far heavier than they can handle.
The results of this are bad habits of improper form being cemented in the individual, as well as a huge chance of injury.
Leave your ego at the door, and if you can only lift the bar, then lift the bar. If you need a spotter to lift the bar, then do that.
2. Setting Unachievable Goals
When many people first start working out they set incredibly unrealistic goals. This tends to happen to the new gym-goer because they see some pretty rapid progress at first.
It is not unusual for a beginner to gain a lot of lean muscle mass (10 – 20+ lbs) or lose a ton of body fat (20 lbs+) only a few short months after they start.
This rapid progress then leads people to set some unrealistic goals. You may picture yourself dropping down to 5% body fat or bench pressing 300 pounds or building 20-inch arms in less than a year, believing that your newbie gains will continue like this forever.
The problem with thinking this way is that it will inevitably end in disappointment. While it's great to have things to aspire to, it's not good to be expecting certain extremely high goals without putting in the time and effort it takes to get there.
Your goals should be difficult to achieve but obtainable, helping to keep you always moving forward.
3. Not Keeping A Workout Journal
A huge mistake that many people make is not keeping a workout journal from day 1.
Tracking your weights used, reps completed, and exercises done on a day to day basis is the only way you will remember accurately what you have done, and enable yourself to plan intelligent goals around for your next workouts.
You won’t ever make progress if you can’t even remember what you did the last time you were in the gym.
4. Working Out Hard But Not Changing Your Diet At All
This one is brutal. Probably around 90% of people who start going to the gym think that the gym is magically going to change their fluffy physique into a statue of a Greek god.
It doesn’t work that way, as diet is what dictates the majority of your body composition.
Not changing your diet when you begin working out is just going from A right back to A in a big circle.
If you want to change your body in a significant way, then your diet needs to change just as drastically as your workout regimen does.
5. Avoiding Weights/Strength Training
This one is more applicable to women, as there is this HUGE misconception among women that if they lift weights they will develop masculine features and get “too muscular.”
Reality check ladies, 90% of men who are eating their faces off and training until their noses are bleeding and they’re throwing up in the parking lot to get huge muscles still don’t look like they lift, so why would you suddenly transform into a muscle freak by lifting weights?
Simply put, males have a lot more testosterone than females do (among other hormones) that make their muscle building potential far greater than the average female.
Even with that, most guys still have trouble packing on significant muscle, so the chance of a woman getting “man arms” from doing bicep curls is literally zero.
They simply don’t have the hormones in their bodies necessary to even build enough muscle to look “too muscular.”
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