Sometimes, even when we have good intentions, we may unknowingly be doing certain things that are preventing us from getting the kind of results we desire.
Reflecting on my 15+ years working out, researching, and quite frankly being obsessed with fitness, I can recall some mistakes I’ve made along the way.
I decided to write this post in hopes that by detailing some of the mistakes I’ve made throughout the course of my fitness journey, I can help you avoid making the same mistakes, and ultimately reach your goals faster.
Below are 5 fitness mistakes that I ended up uncovering through trial and error and have discovered are very common among others as well.
I’ve helped others reach their fitness goals faster by encouraging them to avoid these mistakes and now I wish to help you. Enjoy!
As a culture, we tend to be under the impression that more is better.
As it relates to working out, many of us are under the impression that the more often we workout and the more time we spend doing so, the better the results we’re going to get.
While it took me quite some time, I ended up discovering that this is not the case.
This can be a difficult lesson to learn early on, especially when you’re really excited about working out, but take it from me, ALLOW YOURSELF AMPLE TIME TO REST.
I used to spend hours at the gym every day for weeks at a time, until eventually I would develop flu like symptoms and be out of commission for days.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I can achieve much better results?while also not getting sick?by resting at least twice a week and cutting the amount of time I spend in the gym each session by at least half.
2. FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON SUPPLEMENTS
This is INCREDIBLY common and the faster you learn to avoid it, the better.
We all want a quick fix.
I recall spending hours researching supplements and spending a TON of money on different pre workout supplements and protein powders.
Once I shifted my focus from researching supplements to researching diet and nutrition, the whole game changed.
They are called supplements because they are meant to supplement your nutrition. Unfortunately, many of us treat them as though they’re called miracles.
There are certain supplements that can assist you along on your fitness journey?such as protein powder, caffeine/coffee, fish oil, multivitamins, and superfood supplements?however, if you’re looking for sustainable, long term results, you’re far better off getting your diet in check before spending too much time, energy, and money on supplements.
3. NOT PUSHING HARD ENOUGH
Many of us reach plateaus when we continue to do what is comfortable.
As stated in the overtraining section, I’m not saying that you need to spend more time in the gym, I’m stating that you need to push yourself during the time that you are at the gym.
If you’re looking to build more muscle, you need to make sure that you’re reaching muscle hypertrophy and if you’re looking to burn fat, you need to make sure that you’re eating and exercising in a way that causes your body to burn fat as fuel.
4. GETTING TOO FANCY
I recall going to the gym and doing tons of elaborate exercises, thinking that the more fancy the exercise, the better the results I was going to see.
The reality is that if you stick to the tried and true movements for each muscle group, you’re going to be far better off.
Instead of doing fancy exercises, use more weight, different rep ranges, super sets, drop sets, or any number of other techniques to reach muscle failure. This will make tracking your workouts far easier than having to keep track of a million different exercises and trying to determine which are working and which are not.
5. NEGLECTING EMOTIONAL FITNESS
This is SUPER important.
Building your mental and emotional fitness is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself. I say that because if you’re strong mentally and emotionally, diet and exercise are a cake walk.
I remember a time in college when I was OBSESSED with being as ripped as possible.
I even remember thinking to myself, “I’ll be happy and have fun once I reach my goal. But for now, I just need to keep focusing on it.”
News flash, if you’re not happy now, YOU WON’T MAGICALLY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU LOSE WEIGHT OR BUILD MUSCLE.
How do I know?
Well eventually, I got to the point where my body looked even better than I had ever imagined it could.
Was I magically happy?
No, I then set my next goal and thought to myself, “I’ll be happy and have fun once I reach this next goal.”
Once I started focusing on building my mental and emotional fitness, my life COMPLETELY transformed for the better.
I’m just as goal orientated as ever, but now I enjoy the whole process and celebrate my accomplishments along the way, as opposed to putting off happiness to some magical time in the future.
Additionally, I encourage you to always keep in mind the kind of person you want to be. Many of us get so caught up in life that we lose sight of our morals and the things that are most important to us. I believe that in order to be truly happy, we need to love and respect ourselves.
It takes time to become truly fit and healthy, but it is my hope that through the information I share, I can help you reach your goals far more quickly and effectively!
Philosopher Of Fitness
Together we can master our minds and bodies!