1. Too Much Boring Cardio
Logging in hours on the treadmill or other cardio machine may not give you the results you want. It is common to hit a plateau and get frustrated. The moderate running you are doing may help you maintain your current level of fitness, but it won't increase it. You need to challenge yourself by upping the intensity level with high intensity bursts and then short rest periods.
2. Not Lifting Enough (Or At All)
If you’re avoiding lifting weight or lifting more because you areafraid of getting bulky, stop worrying. Increasing your weight will help you build more lean muscle, which will help burn more calories even when you’re not working out.
3. You Aren't Hydrating Or Eating
If you’re working out on an empty stomach or if you aren't getting enough water, you are likely sabotaging your workout. Stay hydrated and get a healthy snack before working out.
4. Bad Form
It is important to make sure you have proper form when working out. Aside from the risk of injury, bad form will limit your results.
5. Not Stretching
Stretching your muscles before exercise helps prevent injuries that can take you out of the game – and also warms up your body, making exercise more efficient.
6. Getting Impatient
It would be great if you could reach your fitness goals overnight, but that's not going to happen. Oftentimes, women get discouraged after a few weeks when they don't see results, giving up right before making that breakthrough. Getting in good shape takes time, so hang in there.
7. Too Many Crunches
Women often think that doing a ton of crunches will give them that flat tummy they want, but it isn't true. Crunches miss the deep abdominal and side muscles. Add the plank to your ab routine and you will see results. The standard plank works those deep ab muscles to help flatten the tummy. They also work the side abs to help trim your waist.
Avoiding these mistakes can take your workout and your results to the next level. At the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, you can get the support you need through a personal trainer, and the best equipment and classes to help you stay motivated. Contact us if you're looking for a gym to call home or think you need some asistance getting to a certain fitness level.