The Biggest Mistakes Men Make In The Gym
Most guys will think they know what they are doing in the gym. At least their ego will probably let them believe that they know what they are doing. However, no matter what gym I step in to, I will invariably see lots of things that could be filmed and turned into a blooper reel for YouTube.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes I see blokes making in the gym and the ways in which you can correct them, and in the process go from zero to hero...
Only Training Your “Mirror Muscles”
Everybody knows that Monday is International Chest Day. You step into the gym and see a queue for the benches as long as the list of reasons I hate Kim Kardashian (there are many). No matter how many times per week guys train, be it one or four, they will NEVER miss training their chest.
The main problem with this of course is that when your big day comes and you are strutting your stuff, topless, down a Mediterranean paradise, you will be getting plenty of admiring looks as you walk…. Followed immediately by plenty of sniggers when you pass people and they see that you have the back development of a pigeon.
As well as the obvious aesthetic pitfalls that only training your chest brings, neglecting your back is a sure fire way to injure your shoulders. Sitting at a desk all day with poor posture will in it self be enough to lead to internally rotated shoulders. Training your chest and not your back will only compound this.
The solution is to include plenty of horizontal rowing exercises in your training as well as specific exercises for the rotator cuff. Not only will this aesthetically enhance you, but you will also be able to bench more weight due to the added stability of strengthened shoulders. Win-Win.
Neglecting Your Legs
Maybe even more common is that guys will often neglect their legs when training. The common reason (excuse) with clients that I hear, is that they will deem the running or 5-a-side football training they do enough “work” for their legs.
There are a myriad of reasons to train the legs, namely, but not limited to, increased muscle mass, better structural balance, decreased risk of injury and a better ability to drop body fat.
So the solution, obviously, is to start training your legs more often. Include exercises such as Squats, Deadlifts, Lunges, Romanian Deadlifts, Split Squats, Leg Presses, Hamstring Curls, Step Ups and Calf work.
Treating The Gym As A Social Club
What you did at the weekend, last night’s football score and the latest of many girls to reject you on Tinder is not of any importance when you train. The function of the gym, if you hadn’t realised, is to improve the way you look and feel. It is a place to exercise and forget about work for a while.
Turn your phone off (or onto flight mode if it’s also your iPod) and concentrate on the task in hand. The world will not implode if you do not Tweet your latest selfie instantly to your ten followers #noonecares
The obvious solution here is to focus on the task in hand. When you do, your workouts will become more intense and better directed towards your goal. This renewed vigour will mean you may start to see some appreciable changes in your performance and physique.