5 Common Gym Workout Mistakes Hampering Your Progress

You can burn calories in the gym, but that will go to vain if you make the following five mistakes.

Ishaan Arora
Written by: Ishaan AroraUpdated at: Jan 16, 2023 08:00 IST
5 Common Gym Workout Mistakes Hampering Your Progress

Given the cold outside and the new opportunities that the New Year brings, it's difficult to imagine anyone not having access to a gym. Everyone, from young to old, is frequently seen sweating on the treadmill. Without a doubt, working out in the winter is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding colds. However, it is commonly stated that the summer months are ideal if you want to transform because you burn more calories and sweat more in the summer. In reality, transformation is determined by your workout and diet; if your basics are right, months hardly make any difference.

Gym Mistakes Hampering Weight Loss

So, if you're stuck with your weight and don't feel like you're not making progress, here are five gym mistakes to avoid.

Obsessing With Treadmill

Treadmill exercise is a popular weight-loss exercise for beginners and older people. You can easily spot people in the gym who come in, run for 40 to 50 minutes, and then leave. Without a doubt, cardio workouts help with calorie burn, but doing too much can be harmful to your health. There is a limit to doing cardio, such as if you want to lose weight, it is always recommended to start with 20 minutes and then do some weight training and cool down with 10 minutes of treadmill walk. Doing all at once causes your body to go into a depletion mode, which results in muscle mass. Remember that metabolism is essential for transformation, and loss of muscle mass means a decrease in metabolism. So, keep your treadmill running to a minimum and play smart.

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Using Only Machines

Machine workouts are great in starting, but as you progress, it's best to shift to free weights, like dumbells and barbells. You can’t practice progressive overload on machines, which is a must when it comes to strength gains. Moreover, performing with machine, you only train one muscle at a time, while when you perform compound lifts, you train two to three muscles simultaneously, which results in more calorie burn.

Ignoring Compound Lifts

No doubt, everyone wants a big bicep and chest, but when it comes to developing an overall aesthetic body, compound moments are a must. Moreover, because it will take a lot of time to teach beginners compound lifts, some trainers choose not to do so. On the other hand, starting with compound lifts is essential since your body will be at its prime, and you will be able to learn from your mistakes and progress. The best thing about compound lifts is that they naturally work tiny muscular groups like the biceps, triceps, and calves, so you don't have to worry about them.

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Lifting Too Light Or Heavy

Lifting heavy weights only have one advantage: it makes injuries more likely. On the other hand, lightweight is suitable mainly for warming up or for beginners to learn movement because it does not result in muscular growth. Irrespective of whether you want to lose weight or build muscle, you should always choose a weight that is 70% of your capacity. If you can complete 12 to 15 reps with that weight, it is the best indicator of whether the weight is appropriate for you or not. However, if it is between two and four repetitions, it is super heavy, and anything above 20 is very light.

Long Rest Periods

It is a common misconception that the rest periods between sets can range from two to five minutes. In reality, if you want to lose weight, you must perform the exercises quickly and with no more than 30 seconds of rest. Similarly, if you want to build muscle, you should not rest for more than two minutes. Moreover, it is sometimes best to listen to your body and see how much rest it requires; basically, you should start with the next exercise before your heart rate returns to normal.

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