Are You Really an Experienced Gym-Goer!?
You’re an experienced gym-goer. In fact, you can pick out the newbies there like a pro. But sometimes no matter how long you’ve been training weights, you make mistakes during your workouts that could affect your growth. Make sure you are not letting these errors coming in between your strength gains any longer. 1. YOU FOCUS ON LIFTING, NOT LOWERING - Lowering slow and controlled makes the exercise more difficult, so you’ll most likely have to reduce the load or use a regressed version of the movement in the short-term if you want to reap the benefits of the training in the long-term. 2. YOU HEAD STRAIGHT FOR THE WEIGHTS - Short on time, its boring, too excited to start, walking up to the gym is enough, a million excuses to skip your warm-up. But the right warm-up can transform your workout. It improves your range of motion, increases joint stability, reduces risk of injury and enhances the communication between your mind and your muscles. 3. YOU STICK TO YOUR FAVOURITE EXERCISES - By now, you have your go-to moves. You know which exercises you’re good at and which ones work your favorite muscle groups. But are these exercises holding you back? If you want to hit all your muscle groups, shore up weak spots, become more mobile, correct bad habits, and challenge your body, then you have to make sure you are hitting the fundamentals each and every time. 4. YOU STAND IN ONE POSITION - You know that adding weight makes an exercise harder. But if you wan to make your body work harder from head to toe, you must change your stance. Altering the way you place your feet on the ground forces more stabilizing muscle into action, which increases the challenge of the move. Working these muscles strengthens your core, which will help you move heavier loads down the road. 5. YOU FOREGT ABOUT YOUR BACK - Whether you’re picking up a dumbbell from the weight rack or going for a new personal record, brace your core and ensure your spine is in its neutral alignment to reduce risk of serious back injury.