Most people consider warm up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump
right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a
good warm up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means
The point of a warm up is to increase your muscle temperature. This
increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance and
helps lower the risk of injury. Your warm up should last 5-10 minutes.
Remember: Your warm up should be selected based on the type of training
you are to perform during your conditioning phase. I LOVE ROM and Mobility
styles of warming up over simply jumping on the treadmill or spin bike
before a weights session.
Mistake 4: You use bad form
Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two
biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or
you’re trying to lift weight that is too heavy. Lifting with improper form
almost always results in injury.
Take the time to achieve proper form, by doing so you’ll avoid injury and
will reap the full benefit from each exercise.
Remember: As I said earlier, just because the PRO BODYBUILDER appears to
be heaving the weight around doesn’t mean you should too. Keep in mind
that they have been conditioning their bodies for many years and have
usually mastered the ability to maintain tension in the muscle and execute
fast movements at the same time. This is itself requires practice, slow
and steady progression and coordination.
Mistake 5: You workout alone
People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and
typically see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the
gym if no one is waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching?
Exercising alone is a recipe for disaster.
Remember: On the flip-side working out with your mates can be dangerous too
as a little thing called EGO can start to creep in and make you want to
out-do your last attempt ;) Keep yourself and your training partner safe
at all costs!
I am so passionate about seeing my clients achieve results—without wasting
time, energy and effort on mistakes.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? That’s where I come in.
Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program
that is right for you.