Going to the gym can be hard because getting in shape is hard work.
Here are 6 gym mistakes that newbies should avoid:
Using machines only:
There’s nothing exactly wrong with machines as they do simplify
One is that machines typically accommodate
Free weights allow you to work
Machines already have you
Too many isolation exercises
Believe it or not, there’s more to being in shape than the size
It’s understandable that most beginners will hesitate to lift heavy. However, not doing so goes against one essential fitness component: progressive overload. The concept that one must always increase the load placed on the muscles to efficiently become bigger and stronger. Sure, you might add on a few more kgs from time to time, but to reach past your genetic potential. You need to push your body out of its comfort zone to achieve meaningful results,
Not bringing enough water
Our body is two-thirds water and on average, we sweat off roughly 1 liter of water for every hour of exercise. If we don’t replenish the lost water, it can lead to dehydration, which comes with nasty symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, poor concentration, and headaches. The simple fix is to bring that water bottle with you. There’s really no reason not to and it’s better than relying on the gym’s water fountain. Also, if you’re doing anything super intense or long endurance, you might want to consider a sports drink or coconut water instead to help replenish the loss of electrolytes.
Not asking for help
As a beginner, there’s no doubt you’ll need all the help you can get. We have studies showing that people with coaching support are much more likely to be successful with their goals. It’s both a motivational and educational benefit of having someone encourage and help you along the way. I’m personally a huge advocate of working with actual professionals, even personal trainers, but I understand not everyone has the financial means to do so. In that case, put your pride aside and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.