Make it Count: Five common fitness mistakes
Much of what we learn in fitness occurs through research, testing and application. We strive to develop healthy habits in the most precise manner possible.
Unfortunately, information overload can lead to obsessive behavior over fad diets and exercises. People buy unnecessary supplements, program hop, and fall into marketing schemes that leave them spinning their wheels. Review the most common workout mistakes I’ve listed below to ensure they don’t interfere with your goals.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: stick to the program. If you consistently change your routine with no goal in mind, then you’ll never see results. You can’t train to be a bodybuilder one day and a marathon runner the next. Your goals have to be specific, and training cannot be contradictory. Stick to a program, track your progress, and improve each session.
More is not always better, especially when it comes to training. You are stressing your body when you train; therefore it needs to recover when you are done. People are fooled into believing they can train like a world class athlete, without recovering like one. You cannot train for the Tour De France if it is not your job, because for those guys it is. If your nutrition, sleep, and stress are unaccounted for, your ability to recover will be compromised.
too many supplements
For some reason many people forget that supplements are a product to be used for “supplementing” an already rich whole food diet, not replacing it. If you’re living off of bars, shakes, and powders it may be time to reevaluate your nutrition. Without a doubt, supplements have their time and place, as well as being convenient. However, they should not make up the bulk of your diet. No matter what diet principles you subscribe to, most will agree that you’d be better off eating whole, minimally processed foods over something you bought at GNC.
As a bonus, you will find that you spend less money, and consume fewer chemicals that you couldn’t pronounce if you had to.
Always training to failure
I admire those who train hard and consistently seek to improve themselves. That being said, not every workout needs to look like you’re auditioning for the movie “Braveheart.” If you’re maxing out every time, or running until you have blisters on your feet, dial it back sometimes. You’re asking for injury, adrenal fatigue, and host of other issues if every workout is treated as your last. This doesn’t mean do half-hearted workouts; simply stay consistent and know when to take your foot off the gas from time to time.
Not doing enough
I’ve spoken in great detail about rest and recovery, but sometimes you’re simply not doing enough. As important as consistency is, you cannot do the exact same amount of work you did this week as you do in a month and expect change. Follow a consistent routine, but build on it and simply progress within it. All of the “10 minute ab” commercials on TV sound appealing, but their promises are steep considering the minimal amount of work they require. Ensure that you are pushing yourself and a great place to start is a weight routine three times a week in conjunction with daily aerobic activity of some sort. If you’re making any of these mistakes I encourage you to change them today. Also, ensure that you do not make these in the future. Thank you for reading, and as always have a great week.
Jimmy Pritchard has a B.S. from Colorado Mesa University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a personal trainer at the Sonnenalp Club and is a fitness professional at ryanrichards.com. Pritchard’s passion is to help others meet, and often exceed their goals in all areas of fitness. Contact him at 970-331-3513
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