I have mentioned before how I have been working out with the same trainer for about 12 years now. That’s a lot of workouts! The other day, he happened to mention that he wished I would stop making some of the same workout mistakes over and over again. That got me thinking, that maybe, some of you might be making some of the same workout mistakes that I am without even know it.
Swaying during resistance moves
Apparently, I have the tendency to shift my weight during some resistance training reps. This leads to my disengaging my core and using momentum to achieve the rep instead of fully fatiguing the desired muscle. This shift also forces me to recruit my lower back and neck which have the tendency to get over worked.
Relaxing after reps
Once starting a set, I have to stay more focused on which muscles I am working. The muscle group I want to work should be engaged throughout the set. Relaxing the area you are working at any time is a rest. Rest is for after the set not during. I can easily get distracted by my own chit chatting and not even realize that I am resting.
Stop living on the rep count
I have a tendency to focus on the numbers. When he tells me to do 20 curls, the 20 reps are a guide not a goal. If I get to 20 and can do 2 more before I burn out, I should do them. I can’t think ‘there’s my 20’. Also, if I only get to 18 and I am burnt out, I shouldn’t try to get 20 without a spot. “You’ll cheat and will be a waste of energy with little results.”
So…these are some of my workout goals that I will be focusing on a little harder over the next few weeks.
Let’s Chat! Do you make any of the same workout mistakes that I do?
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