Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid at the Gym
The gym should be a time to focus on yourself, and maximize your time and energy.
I want you to have a huge ROI when it comes to the gym.
You should get more out of it, in the form of: weight loss, increased strength, increased self-esteem, increased confidence, more muscle tone, 6 pack abs, friendships and community.
The worse thing the gym can be for you is an added stressor to your already stressful life.
I do not want that for you.
To make your life easier, here are 5 things to avoid when you’re at the gym.
Comparing Yourself to Others
You have probably heard this one before.
When you focus on others, there’s no time or energy to focus on yourself.
Who cares what others think?
Everybody in the gym is there to better themselves. You may have different goals than another person, but you are the same in that you are striving for something.
Only compare you to you.
Be better than yesterday. Push yourself more than yesterday.
If you do this, you will end up surprising yourself!
Starting a New Routine Every Week
It’s simple: it does not matter what you do, as long its a positive thing in your life and you do it for a very long time.
Results don’t come over night.
But, results will come faster if you pick one thing and stick to it consistently.
The people who switch it up every week, will get frustrated they are not getting results, and will end of quitting.
Get a coach, so when you don’t see results, your coach can help modify your workouts to keep you on track.
Doing More Cardio for Weight Loss
More is not always better.
Better is always better.
A better path to weight loss if focusing on a slight calorie deficit, and incorporating resistance training into your daily workouts.
Yes, sprinkle in some aerobic work or high intensity intervals, but don’t only do those things.
Increasing your muscle mass will help increase the amount of calories you burn each day, resulting in more lean mass and less body fat.
Using the Scale to Gauge Progress
The number on the scale is just a number.
It does not tell you if you’re happy or sad.
It does not tell you that you’re healthy.
The scale does not tell you if your daily energy has increased!
All it says is that you are heavier or lighter than the time before.
Alternative forms of measurements: how your clothes fit, how much better you sleep at night, how much more productive you are at work, being able to play outside with your kids for an hour, walking up three flights of stairs and not getting winded.
Your form of measurement should be directly related to your ‘why’ behind your goals.
“Lifting Weights Will Make Me Bulky”
Have you ever said this to yourself?
If yes, then you have most likely done an all cardio routine 3-4 days per week for 60 minutes on the elliptical.
You did this routine for a few weeks, saw some initial progress, but then saw no progress after.
You got frustrated, and quit.
I see this ALL the time!
Let me ask you, do you have 4 hours per week to sit on an elliptical machine? Probably not.
So, why not get more bang for your buck, and workout half the time and achieve double the results?
Resistance training increases your ROI in the gym because it will build lean muscle, help you burn more fat, and make sure your hormones are in check, just to name a few.
Seeing your abs and shoulder muscles will give you that huge boost of confidence!
Resistance training needs a plan, and you need a coach. (Our coaches will help build you a perfect plan!)
Next time you go, think of these top 5 mistakes to avoid at the gym.
If you still find yourself not seeing progress, or not knowing what to do at the gym, reach out and I can help!
I will meet with you, learn about your goals, and give you your plan for FREE.
This step is the most difficult, but when you do, your life will become so much better!
P.S. If you schedule a time to chat with me, I’ll send you a FREE E-book on how you can manage your stress better! Less stress equals more health.