Mistakes Rookie Gym Goers Make and How to Avoid Them

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Keeping your physical appearance in an admirable state is a noble pursuit, and as such worthy of almost any effort or sacrifice. Still, this is not something that you can easily achieve without going to the gym. Even though there are some great exercises you can do at home, there is something about the gym that just makes it all more serious. Not only does it make you work harder and try more, but it also helps you not give up. Unfortunately, going to the gym is a science of its own, and this cognition completely eludes many first-timers. With this in mind, here are some of the most common mistakes that rookie gym goers make.


Start with a warm-up

The absolutely worst thing you can do when you go to the gym is hit the bench right away. The first thing that you need to do is prepare your body for all the hardships it is going to endure. Then, and only then, will you be completely ready to start building the physique of your dreams. Start by stretching: there are some excellent full-body exercises that are made to significantly reduce your risk of injury. Next, if you are exercising in reps, make sure to always make the first one a bit more casual. This way, you will give your muscles time to prepare for what is to come.

Gear up

Another rookie mistake is believing that you could achieve considerable athletic results without professional gear. First of all, you never know when you will be forced to schedule your gym right before or right after work so always have a quality gym bag ready and available. Next, seeing how your feet are under a lot of stress, make sure to always wear adequate footwear and your safest choice is to go with Ryder Wear. As for your wardrobe, you need something durable yet elegant (after all you never know who you might meet at the gym). Finally, as soon as you start adding some serious weight on your weight bar, you will need to use a weightlifting belt.

Eating schedule matters

Before we even start with this topic, for your general weight loss endeavors, it doesn’t matter when you eat, all that matters is how many calories you consume. However, the same could not be said about your training. The absolutely last thing you want is to train starving, since this will have quite the negative effect on your body. Furthermore, training while hungry will significantly diminish your performance at the gym. Another thing you most definitely do not want to do is eat right before your training, since this may cause you to be nauseated. The optimal time to eat is about 2-3 hours before your training and you should always stick to this rule.

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Know your exercises

In the end, even though your will is the key in improving your physical appearance, it is not enough on its own. Namely, you must possess a certain amount of knowledge before you even decide to step into the gym. Some exercises, if done incorrectly, won’t be able to unleash their full potential while others may be a hazard to your health. Most rules about how exercises should be done are in fact mostly there to protect you from injury. Needless to say, before you start working out you need to do a thorough research regarding your exercises or even get a personal trainer or an experienced friend to help you out.

By failing to follow any of these steps, your progress will be seriously slowed down. In turn, this may make you give up on the whole deal and abruptly end all of your athletic efforts. Do not allow this to happen! They say that first step in avoiding a trap is knowing that there is a trap and by keeping your eye on these four simple rookie mistakes, you will be well on your way towards greatness.

About Norah Martin

Norah has been struggling with her weight for some time, and has been researching efficient ways to stay healthy and fit for years. She is now on a mission to share some of the things she's learned. She is also one of the editors behind High Style Life, an up-and-coming lifestyle magazine.
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