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4 Common Workout Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Almost all of us have room for improvement when it comes to our workouts – but here are four of the most common fitness mistakes and how to fix them!

  1. Mistake: Talking while working out. If you’re having a conversation with another person, then chances are you’re not working to your maximum potential. If you’re socializing between sets, then you’re probably resting too long in between.
    Solution: Don’t be a social butterfly at the gym.
  2. Mistake: Working the same muscle groups over and over again. Variety is the spice of life – and it’s an essential ingredient in any successful workout plan. Many people do the same thing each time they work out, whether they work out 5x a week or once a week.
    Solution: Muscles need time to recover – so if you go to the gym often, you should rotate between different muscle groups (i.e., legs one day, arms one day, chest one day, etc.,). If you don’t exercise frequently, muscle recovery isn’t an issue; however, you’ll still want to focus in on a different muscle group each time to make sure you’re working your entire body.
  3. Mistake: Starving yourself. A calorie deficit is the only way to release weight – but if you cut too many calories, your body won’t have the fuel it needs to keep you healthy and strong.
    Solution: Any calorie deficit should be small, and weight should be lost in small amounts over time.
  4. Mistake: Skipping the post-workout protein. After you strength train, your muscles have broken down and are in need of repair. Numerous studies have concluded that skipping a high-protein snack or meal after your workout is highly detrimental. It robs your muscles of the building blocks they desperately need.
    Solution: Buy protein bars or protein powdered mixes and make your post-workout snack part of your routine.