Common Training Mistakes For Women
How many times have you been hitting that gym and for how many years?
Are you still not noticing any progress or it seems to have stalled?
Did you ’employ’ a half wit personal trainer who seemed more bothered about your cleavage rather than your progress?
The chances are you have been misinformed along the way, as such you are unable to reach your real fitness potential and get the figure and level of fitness you are aspiring to.
Everyone picks up bad habits (I never warm up!) that can either just hinder your progress or even cause injury…again, hindering your progress.
Here’s a short list of common mistakes which you may recognize and relate to, as a result one or more of these could be the root cause of your plateau.
Are You Varying Your Training?
Not many people vary their routine.
It is easy to fall in to a rut and just do the same old exercises week in week out.
This is partly do to the warmth of familiarization, fear of trying something new that you are not well rehearsed in and just ignorance.
Your body can adapt and get very used to something that is routine and repetitive.
Then the effects become less beneficial. Unless you keep pushing forward, increasing routines, weights or variations your body will not respond as well.
Cardiovascular and aerobic exercises are not necessarily the best fat burning routines.
They will help, but there’s other ways out there.
Strength training using resistance machines and free weights are great at stimulating fat burn and are able to keep your metabolism raised for much higher and much longer after your workout has finished.
This will burn the extra calories and get closer to that calorie deficit or make the deficit stronger and more pronounced getting rid of that unwanted fat.
Plus having more muscle mass burns more calories just to maintain it day to day. Increase your muscle and burn more calories resting.
Sounds like a winner to me.
Once you see those initial results and the feel good endorphin’s are released it can become addictive.
You can end up training too much and your body can simply not recover or repair the torn muscle fibers.
Those who warble on about not training enough are most likely on anabolic steroids which allow you to recover at an accelerated rate. Trust me on this one.
I play rugby, when I didn’t use steroids after the game on Saturday my body would not feel recovered until Thursday.
When I took anabolic steroids I was good to go on the Monday and lift big weights in the gym. That is a huge difference in recovery time.
You need to factor in rest days, hitting the gym 5 and 6 times per week will become unsustainable and your results will diminish.
Work a little less to see a bigger difference.
Are You Actually Training?
Okay, so you are going to the gym.
Great, however, it takes a little more effort than just turning up, bouncing on a ball and looking through Instagram.
Yes, you have to work hard to make a change.
So many people seem to turn up to the gym and then do not want to be seen sweating or with their make up or hair out of place.
It’s a fucking gym not a fashion parade. Work hard and get the results you want. Nothing comes for free.
If you are going to the gym so much (see above) that you are exhausted your efforts are just not going to lead to fruition.
Train less, but train hard and smart.
Do You Have Goals?
If you do not have a goal or an objective in mind there’s nothing to strive for. Then you will just end up wallowing around in limbo of just doing a bit here and there hoping for the best.
Nothing much will be achieved and you will not feel good about yourself.
Set out a plan.
Do you want to lose 3% body fat?
Do you want to reach a weight which you can squat?
Do you want to be able to run 2 miles in a certain amount of time?
If so, set out a plan and go for it. You’ll feel great when you achieve it and will then strive on for more.
How About Your Progress?
As above really, do you know what you have achieved?
Did you measure your initial body fat percentage?
Did you know what you could deadlift?
Did you know you could row for 1 mile in 10 minutes?
If not, make sure you know your starting statistics and track your developments.
Each small victory is 1 step closer to enjoying success and making you feel much better about yourself and your routine.
This will motivate you to do much more and take your fitness journey to the next level.