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4 Workout Mistakes to Avoid

4 Workout Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

1.) Inconsistency
Consistency is key when you are working out. If you want to be successful and achieve your goals, you have to make time to get to the gym. One tip I advise my clients to use is block time off on your schedule. We do it for other appointments and special events, so why not for exercise? I find this holds a person more accountable and more likely to show up to the gym and work out. It is also important to develop a plan and track your workouts.

2.) Overdoing It
Whether you are weightlifting, doing cardio, or participating in group exercise classes, doing too much when just starting an exercise regimen can lead to burnout or even injury. Take your time to learn how to properly do an exercise, practice good form, and then gradually increase the weight or intensity.

3.) Unrealistic goals
As a fitness specialist, I often see gym members struggle to accomplish the goals they set for themselves in the gym. One of the ways to help make your goals more attainable is by setting S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-specific) goals. Once you have decided on your main goal, try to set small goals that will help you accomplish that overall goal.

4.) Forgetting to Warm Up
Not properly prepping the muscles, joints, and nervous system can increase your risk of injury while exercising. Try incorporating foam rolling, a dynamic warm up, and activation exercises before starting your workout.

- Elizabeth Boswell