Trying to build muscle or lose weight with little or no results? Well, it is possible that you are making some of the most common training mistakes.
Spending hours in the gym.
You spend hours in the gym because you really want to lose weight. The more hours, the better, right? Well, not quite. Longer workouts do not equal better results. Do quality workouts and change your routine regularly. That brings us to mistake number 2…
Repeating the same workout routines.
Do you notice that the more you exercise the easier it becomes? Your body has an amazing ability to adapt quickly. Don’t allow your body to get accustomed to your routine. Always challenge yourself.
You think your training is more important than your nutrition.
Have you ever heard someone saying that if you want to eat whatever you want, you can, as long as you work extra hard in the gym? Unfortunately, those notions that elude to working out more to erase a bad diet, is incorrect. A negative calorie balance (which is what is required for weight loss) is more easily achieved through a stricter eating plan. In addition, you need to remember that a normal training session may only burn 300 calories. Therefore, there is a good chance that you may not be able to ‘work off’ your bad diet in the gym each day.
Doing long cardio sessions, all the time.
Do you walk into gym and head straight to the treadmills for an hour long run? Yes, cardio is necessary for weight loss but a varied plan is necessary to achieve your best body. Why not alternate your long low intensity cardio sessions with shorter high intensity workouts? For optimal weight loss, combine targeted heart rate zone training, where you keep your heart rate within the 60-70% of maximum zone, along with high intensity interval training, for 20 to 30 minute sessions.
You think sit-ups and crunches equal sexy abs.
You want your abs to show, so you do hundreds of sit-ups and crunches. You can do sit-ups for days but you won’t see your abs until you lower your fat percentage. Good quality training cardio, strength, and targeted training combined with a good diet is the best route to a better-looking stomach.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.