An Excess Of Steady-State Cardio
Don't go all in on steady-state cardio. Excessive work on the treadmill, bike or elliptical will not enhance your body's ability to burn fat. It might actually spur a weight gain as excess cardio causes many people to overeat following their workouts. Reduce your cardio to half an hour a few times per week.
Working Only The Visible Muscles
Take care to work all of your muscles, including those you can't see. While it's nice to look buff, your body needs a balanced workout.
An Excess Of Isolation Exercise
If you perform plenty of isolation exercises to work the biceps, triceps and legs, you should be cognizant of the fact that too much isolation work can be harmful. Most of your workout routine should center on compound exercises like bench presses, deadlifts and shoulder presses.
Working The Core First
Most people want washboard abs so they work their midsection first. Don't go right to the ab mat. You can work your core muscles with each standing strength move. Focus on lunges, step-ups, squats, shoulder presses and you'll find that your core muscles get a great workout. If you do crunches, sit ups or other core-focused exercises first, your abs will be fatigued before you transition into your standing strength moves. This can easily lead to an injury. So always work your core last.
Performing The Same Routine
Mix in some variety. If you hit the gym on autopilot, your body will get used to your routine and fail to progress. Tackle new challenges so your body and mind don't settle into a comfort zone.
Insufficient Rest In Between Workouts
It is possible to go too hard. Don't exercise every single day of the week. It is prudent to take one or two days off to let your body recover. The human body needs rest and relaxation in between periods of intense physical activity. This allows muscles to repair themselves. So, give yourself two days off per week and incorporate some low-intensity level workout sessions as well.
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