Everyone is always looking for ways to get their results in the gym, but today I want to take a look at my top 5 ways you can ruin the results you’ve worked so hard to earn. No matter what type of athlete you are, these are 5 sure-fire ways to take two steps back in the gym. 5) Not checking your EGO at the door Not only does not checking your EGO at the door make you look silly when you’re rocking back and forth to do curls or rounding your back like the moon when deadlifting, it sets you up for injury. Sacrificing form for heavier weight is a great way to set yourself up for failure. Lose your EGO and stick with good form and a weight you can handle. 4) Judging others in the gym If you’re spending your time in the gym worrying about what others are doing, or judging others with negative thoughts to yourself, you’re not only wasting time, but you’re creating negativity that’s going to hamper your results. You should be focused on YOU at the gym during your workout. You should focus your mind on the next set, or the next 5 miles on the treadmill, not on the person next to you. 3) Not actually working out This happens more than you might think. If you’re there to do a workout, you should be doing it. Not walking around looking at machines, or talking on your phone. Most workouts should be about an hour. If it’s taking you 2 hours to complete a workout with 12-15 sets – you’re wasting too much time. Be mindful of your rest periods and don’t spend too much time looking at the magazine rack. Save the socializing for another time. 2) Not having a solid plan Most of the time you’re in the gym, you need a plan. If you don’t have one, you’ll end up at #3 above. Having a good, solid workout plan will help you stay focused, stay on task and get your work done. If you don’t have a plan for the gym - that may mean you don’t have a goal. You’ve got to know what you’re after in order to get it. Set some clear goals, and setup a solid workout plan that’s easy for you to follow. Stay on your plan and get the results you’re after! 1) Diet, Diet, Diet This one is HUGE and is #1 for good reason. It seems like anyone involved in health/fitness talks a LOT about diet and nutrition, but it’s for good reason. It’s SO important to have a good diet to get the results you want. I.E. - If your goal is to shed fat, you don’t want to overdo it on carbs and simple sugars. If you’re trying to build muscle, you’ve got to be getting enough BeastWhey (1g protein per lb of bodyweight at least). Don’t expect to eat the wrong foods and get the right results. It won’t happen. There you have it. These are my top 5 ways to ruin your results. Have you struggled with getting the results you want? What are some of the pitfalls you came across?
From 9-5, Lonnie sits in front of a computer. Outside of being an IT Geek, he’s an athlete who’s familiar with the cycle of being fit-fat-fit that so many of us struggle with. Down from his highest weight of 300lbs in June 2009, he’s made the permanent lifestyle change to remain Big. Strong. Fit. Healthy. When not spending time with his wife, son and daughter, he’s at the gym keeping off the fat and adding quality lean mass.