You asked, we answered. Here are HYBRID’s top 5 biggest mistakes that people make in the gym.
1. Going in without a plan.
By far, the number one mistake of gym goers is moseying into the iron temple not having a clue of what they are about to do. This is forgivable once in a while, but consistently showing up with a lackadaisical attitude and no general objective for the session will eventually come back to haunt you. Do yourself a favor and get equipped with a basic training program that will give you more structure and consistency-- it doesn’t have to be anything fancy!
2. Skipping the warm-up.
Tons of people walk right into the gym and head straight to the squat rack. That may work for some people, but the majority of the population needs some sort of warm-up protocol to prepare their tissues and their minds for the training session. This is going to look different for everyone, but a good place to start is a quick 3-5 minutes of general cardiovascular exercise to increase blood flow, followed by a relevant mobility flow to address any joint stiffness that could impede movement efficiency during the workout. Check out our HYBRID Courses on weightlifting and powerlifting for our favorite examples of an effective mobility warm-up.
3. Doing everything at one speed.
If you watched my latest video on tempo training, you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when people do every single exercise at the same speed. They look like one of those wind-up cymbal monkeys no matter what movement they’re doing. Implementing different speeds with certain lifts can help you get the stimulus you seek in your training session rather than speeding through each movement without intention. If you want to build muscle, perfect your technique, and look more like you know what you’re doing, you need to explore different tempos in training.
4. Ignoring what you do with the other 23 hours of your day.
This one might hit pretty close to home, as it is the stem of the frustration of many gym goers. Going to the gym for an hour a day is not enough to make up for a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Make sure the other 23 hours in your day reflect your goals just as much as that one hour banging weights does.
5. Thinking everyone is looking at you.
Last but not least, this one is huge. Gym anxiety can be paralyzing, especially for people who are new to training. As much as I can sit here and yell at you NO ONE CARES!, I know it’s easier said than done to ignore that part of your brain that tells you everyone is watching you. The only way to get over that barrier is to face it head-on. The more frequently you expose yourself to that uncomfortable situation of being in the gym, the easier it gets. You just have to get some momentum and allow yourself to form a callus over that fear with time. Trust me, you can do it.
There you have it folks. What did I miss? Comment below the one thing that YOU thought should have made this list and let’s have a conversation. Be sure to share this video with that friend who needs to hear it!
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