Have you been making progress lately? If not, it might be time to change things up in and out of the gym. Sticking with the same routine that has yet to work for you isn’t going to help you progress in the future.
Alternatively, these same routines could be some of the six mistakes discussed in today’s article. Ensure you stop doing these to give yourself the best chance to progress.
Mistake #1: Adding Weight Too Soon
Slowly adding small amounts of weight is the best way to build strength. Once you are at your current best weight for an exercise, only add a little bit more weight each workout. This will help you slowly build strength without overdoing it or injuring yourself.
Speaking of injuries
Mistake #2: Throwing Caution to the Wind
This is why slow increments in bodybuilding are best. The injury will always hold you back from making progress. That is why it’s crucial to have a proper technique when exercising so that you don’t put your body at risk. Remember, “good technique” is not just a saying; it is crucial to lifting weights safely.
Remember the basics and train safely by using good technique and effort. Breaking technique while pushing yourself too hard is a common mistake that can be devastating. Pick exercises that are right for you to stay safe.
If any exercise or movement hurts, it is best to drop it. Exercising should be good; if it does, you are likely doing it incorrectly. Try modifying the exercise or using a different technique before giving up on the exercise entirely.
Mistake #3: Ignoring Muscle-Building, Compound Exercises
In bodybuilding, never major in the minor. Focus on the major muscle-building compound exercises like:
- Leg presses.
- Bench presses.
Once you’ve mastered these at the body weight level, you can do weighted sets to improve muscle growth.
Mistake #4: Lack of Strength
If you want to build bigger muscles, strength is important. This is especially true for beginners and intermediates. The strongest muscles are only sometimes the biggest, and the biggest muscles are sometimes the strongest. However, if you do not work up to lifting heavy weights with the proper technique in your bodybuilding regime, you will never develop large muscles.
Mistake #5: Lifting the Wrong Weights
Focusing on lifting heavier weights to continue progressing in your strength is only sometimes the best idea. More often than not, bodybuilders will use weights that are too heavy for them and, as a result, ruin their form.
This means you should reduce the weight you lift by 10 percent and focus on perfecting your technique. Once you have perfected your technique, you can gradually increase your weight. This should result in new growth.
Mistake #6: Half-Assing It
You must put in the effort and train hard to see results in the gym. This means pushing yourself to get the most out of each set without sacrificing your form. If you’re not doing this already, it’s time to start giving it your all!
You will not be the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger overnight or even in a year. He started at 15 and slowly worked his way to the top of the bodybuilding game with proper form and the right exercises. That should inspire you to take it slow and avoid the six mistakes mentioned above.
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