Fitness training isn’t rocket science.
- Good training & nutrition decisions produce good results.
- Poor training & nutrition decisions produce poor results.
So, how come when I go to the gym this afternoon, I can pretty much guarantee that I am going to see a lot of intelligent, well-educated, gainfully employed people making some pretty stupid training decisions?
- Maybe fitness training is rocket science?
- Maybe I am some sort of fitness training genius.
So, as a public service to all of the non-fitness-training genii out there, here is a list of some of the training mistakes I will probably see at the gym today.
Try and avoid them.
- Doing Cardio Training before Resistance Training
- Doing Static Stretching before Resistance Training
- Training Core before Legs
- Chugging a Gatorade while reading a book on the Exercise Bike
- Thinking that the Inner Thigh (Adductor) Machine is going to work some sort of magic.
- Ignoring your Weaknesses and over-training your Strengths
- Believing that Core Training is all about Crunches & Planks
- Training Body Parts instead of Body Movements
- Believing that you can Out-Train a Bad Diet
- Making chronic neck & shoulder pain worse by ignoring your postural muscles
- Thinking that Resistance Training will make you too big
- Thinking that Cardio training will make you too small
- Performing a one size fits all type of fitness program
And if you see yourself on the list and want to change your evil ways, feel free to comment.
I or one of your fellow readers would be glad to lend a hand.
I just received an email from a quasi-famous strength coach/trainer to the stars telling me that I was an idiot for believing that cardio prior to resistance training is a bad idea.
Personally, I can’t believe that he took the time out of his day to tell me off via email (wouldn’t a comment have been quicker?) but I would like to thank him because it helped me come up with another fitness training mistake:
Believing that one way of training is the 100% right and that all other methods are 100% wrong.
Whether it’s hardcore cardio junkies or Crosfitters or bodybuilders of Yoginis, being close minded to different training methods seems prety stupid to me.
- 1,000,000,001 Different Ways to Squat
- Mechano Growth Factor
- Do You Wanna Get Big and Strong?…Phase 1
- 1,000,000,001 Different Ways to Train your Chest
- Tabata Workouts WILL Cause Fat Loss
- Tabata Training 101
- HIIT: The Aerobic version
- 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout
- Power training
- Muscular strength made simple
- Components of Physical Fitness
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