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Five Newbie Weight Lifting Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Five Newbie Weight Lifting Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Brand new to the gym? Excited to get started with your workout program and commit to changing your body for good? If so, you need to make sure that you go about it the right way. Proper technique and a good approach will outweigh too much weight, too fast.

Sadly, many people start a workout session incorrectly and as a result, short-circuit the results that they could have achieved.

Take the time to learn the most common weight lifting mistakes new lifters make and be sure to avoid them, as it will work well to your benefit.

Let’s have a quick look at what you need to know so that you can put your best foot forward.

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1. Using An Advanced Workout Routine

The very first error that’s commonly made is using a more advanced workout routine than necessary or possible. While it’s great that you want to see optimal success and push yourself, remember that your body is just getting used to the exercise of weight lifting.

If you put yourself on an advanced split body routine with intricate lifting techniques, how well do you think you’ll keep up?

Not well at all. It’ll be one week in and you’ll be injured. Or you’ll only fully commit for a few weeks than stop due to a lack of time and motivation.

Clearly this isn’t what you’re after. Choose a workout routine that fits your schedule and fits your body. You’ll be much more likely to reach results.

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2. Adding Too Much Volume

Also be careful to limit and pay very careful attention to how much volume you’re lifting. Five sets of each exercise is not needed to see good results. Aim for two or three sets at first and see how you do.

Often, if you’re devoted to those two to three sets, it will be sufficient to help you increase your total strength and progress level.

3. Focusing On Cardio Training

Take a critical look at your workout routine, and it’s balance between workouts and goals. Whether your primary goal is to lose fat or build muscle, strength training is where it’s at–not cardio workouts.

Some new lifters put far too much emphasis on cardio, only to see a lack of progress. Mixing cardio with weight lifting can easily lead to over training. Cardio also negatively impacts the muscle building progression.

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4. Neglecting Good Form

Good form is a must! If you don’t know how to use good form throughout your workout routine, you’ll be sacrificing your effort. Consult with a personal trainer, find a friend in the gym, or critically watch YouTube for instruction.

If you do use poor form, be prepared to not achieve your muscle building goals, due to an inability to stimulate the muscles. In addition, you’re going to put yourself at risk for a serious injury.

Take the time to build good habits from the start, and slow down your technique. Combine breathing with lifting for both proper form, and for making your workouts more efficient.

5. Not Paying Attention To Nutrition

Finally, the last critical error that’s made far too often is completely neglecting nutrition. Many new lifters focus on the workout element, but forget about their diet, or even worse, use workouts as a justification for their diet. Don’t fall in the trap of eating poorly due to a new workout routine, you’ll tend to outweigh the benefits of the workout itself.

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Remember, your diet is going to establish which direction your bodyweight moves. If you aren’t tracking calories properly and getting the right macro-nutrient mix, you are headed for problems.

Make sure that you keep this all in mind as you go forward with your strength training workout routine. If you do, you can feel confident that you are on the road to success.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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