Are you making these training mistakes?

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One of the things I struggle with as a coach is when I go to the gym to train myself I can't help but look at how others train. I see good form, bad, weak people, strong people, guys clutching their shoulders and other people who are close to ruining their lower back. Here are a few mistakes I see folks make ALL the time and so I thought it might help you people out if I pointed them out. Let's go!

1. NOT DOING FULL RANGE OF MOTION

Doing a full range of motion makes you more able to build muscle (get toned or henched). Makes your body more injury proof (Less likely to pull your back lifting your kid or whilst doing the gardening). Makes your lifting have a better carryover to real life (make carrying your kids or furniture easier). Makes you build a more natural lifting pattern. The downside? You have to drop the weight. Big deal! No one really cares how much you lift trust me. They're too busy caught up taking selfies and posting it on the gram. Face palm. 

 

 Hey Dad we look fly right? 

Hey Dad we look fly right? 

2. NOT FOCUSING ON COMPOUND LIFTS?

Compound? WTF? It's fancy way of saying lifts that are multi joint and use many muscles. I'm talking bout squats, hip hinge movements, rows, presses not bicep curls and kickbacks. Isolation exercises like tricep push downs have there place. But they are not your main focus. You want to aim to get stronger in the compound lifts as these burn more calories (fat loss) and they carryover to real life and sports. Qué bueno!

 

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3. USING WEIGHTS YOU CANNOT HANDLE

It's usually men that do this as they often feel they have to 'prove' themselves physically. It's a big mistake. It often leads to injury. Furthermore it's not about a number people. It's easy to keep pushing up the weight while doing bad form BUT it will eventually bite you in the butt! Usually with an injury. And that means you can't train and if it's really bad even do the things you need to do in your life. That's wack! 

4. NOT LEARNING GOOD FORM

This is similar to 3 but slightly different. If you want to play 'Under the bridge' by the Chillies on guitar you first have to learn easier songs like 'Mull of Kintyre'. First song I ever learned to strum btw. It's very similar in exercise. You have to learn the basic technique before you go onto the harder stuff. Also most people would hire a guitar instructor at the beginning right? It's the same for fitness. If you hire a decent coach just in a few sessions they can teach you the basic lifts. It might cost you a few bills at first but it will be worth it in the long haul. 

There you have it. Any questions feel free to message me! bvoytraining@gmail.com 

Peace

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