Training or exercising in a gym when you are brand new to it all can be just like anything else in life we ever attempt with little to no knowledge about.
It can be a struggle, a disaster, and even make us feel or look foolish.
However, this is common with everyone who joins a gym without any proper form of guidance or knowledge, so do not feel as if you are the only one. We have all made silly and stupid training mistakes from performing strange exercises that weren’t beneficial to our routine to even focusing on the weight primarily over the more important aspects such as form and range of motion in order to achieve proper results. When it comes to training in the gym, the most common mistakes I believe most people make, both men and women, are as follows.
#Not Track Your Progress
The first thing and one of the biggest mistakes people make with training is also one of the simplest things one can do, and that is to not track your progress. Tracking your progress is very important because it allows you to see how your weight is changing week to week and how your strength is performing and if its increasing. It’s such a simple thing that can be as easy as weighing yourself at least 2x a week in the morning to see a change in weight and just recording your personal bests/records on exercises in your phone or in a notebook. This will really help to keep you on track.
#A Limited Training Method
The next big mistake new gym members make is to do with a limited training method. When someone first starts lifting weights, they are pushing the weights and training for the feeling and the pump instead of actually training for the results. New people in a gym become creatures of habit and perform the same heavy compound exercises day after day. Bench press. Squats. Deadlifts. Etc. They perform these exercises with the same weight load and even in the same fashion and expect to see results each week when in reality the body is adapting and becoming used to the routine so the results will slow down.
Try new methods and exercises. Perform slower and more controlled reps and even increase your total number of sets while decreasing your rest time between sets. Focus primarily on the form and proper execution of a exercise rather than the amount of weight you are pushing and the results will show.
#Not Using the Equipment Correctly
Another big mistake new gym goers make is not using the equipment correctly. Many people strongly believe that because a machine was designed for one thing and the name might say “Lateral Pull Downs” that its only able to work your back. This is the cable machine in which you sit down on while pulling the weight down towards your chest to train your upper back. However, did you know that by standing you can even use this machine to train your triceps by performing skull crushers on this machine? Just because a machine says what its designed to train in its name doesn’t mean that it only has one use. Find new ways to train and new ways to use the equipment.