Common mistakes in training
Although you strive to work out every day, unfortunately there is a chance that you may not achieve all the benefits you expect. As in many spheres of life, it is better to invest and be present in our actions than to complete them halfway.
Indeed, there are some common mistakes we make in our weight training that can have varying repercussions. Here they are :
1. Skipping the warm-up
The warm-up prepares your muscles, body and lungs before a workout, which has the effect of reducing the risk of injury, increasing your performance, range of motion, concentration and recovery.
A bit like warming up our car in extremely cold winter temperatures: it will run much better and have less risk of breakage if we give him plenty of time to warm up!
2. Not having a plan
Generally, lack of planning can lead to wasted time or poor results. Without necessarily going with a plan personalized by a kinesiologist (which is optimal, by the way), just knowing our intentions for that specific workout can guide our actions.
Whether it's just moving around by activating our muscles or strengthening our upper body, planning will allow us to be effective in our training. To apply especially if you have little time in front of you! For training ideas, it's here.
3. Train with your cellphone
As this technological tool literally follows us everywhere every day, the chances of it being a distraction during our training are very high. If you have little time in front of you for supplementing your workout, this distraction can significantly affect the quality of your workout.
Take advantage of this period to not only move, but also to empty yourself psychologically. Don't worry: you'll find a way to catch up on missed notifications while you're away!
4. Not taking sufficient rest periods
Whether between your strength training sets during the same workout or between your weight training sessions, rest periods are crucial for recovery, limiting injuries and achieving our goals. Keep in mind that the gains are made during these rest periods so they are not to be overlooked.
To learn more about the number of reps to complete during a workout, it's here.
Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and build in bed.
5. Avoid leaving your comfort zone
Since our body adapts to the stress caused by physical exercise over time, there is a stoppage of progress when we perform the same exercise repeatedly or the same exercise performed with the same load.
Indeed, getting out of your comfort zone represents a host of benefits such as physical and psychological progression, the development of different muscles or the discovery of new exercises. Not to mention the self-esteem which increases when faced with new challenges.
6. Wanting to do too much
Does the saying "too much is like not enough" mean anything to you? It also applies to our strength training workouts. Indeed, it is better to bet on quality rather than quantity.
Whether it is using too heavy weights forcing us to encroach on the technique of execution of the movements, the duration of the workouts or the frequency, these are all examples that can lead to injuries, overwork or demotivation in training! If you are unsure of how to perform an exercise, we invite you to do some research on the web!
Ultimately, achieving optimal physical and psychological health should always be the primary motive behind physical activity. That being said, if you invest time and money in this type of activity, it is better to apply yourself and do everything correctly in order to decrease the risks and increase the benefits of its practice.
Have a good training!