Strength Training Habits You Should Stop
By Sara Butler
Strength training is great for your health. But if you want to be successful and reap all the benefits of your training routine, there are some things you need to stop doing. These three habits should be at the top of your list to quit first if you want to make gains and stay strong!
You Combine Cardio with Strength Training
Your dedication is admirable, but you need to slow your roll. You may think you’re multi-tasking, but what you’re actually doing is preventing yourself from getting the muscle definition you want. If you want to try to get your heart pumping while you’re working on strength, then just do your strength sets back-to-back with no rest in between. That will give you some aerobic payoff while working on several muscles at once.
You Mix Things Up – Too Much
Variety is the spice of life, but may not be the spice of exercise. Sure, boot camp and plyometric exercise are good for you, but you have to practice moderation. If you switch up your activities too much, then it can be difficult to measure your progress. You simply won’t have anything to compare it to! The best things to do to ensure your workouts are actually working for you is to keep at least two of your exercise sessions the same every week. That way you can tell when it’ll be time to take things to the next level and increase weights or kick up the intensity of your moves.
Too Much Instability
Instability has its place, but doing every exercise on a BOSU ball won’t help as much as you may think. It is true that instability exercises help you strengthen your core, but you can’t add enough resistance to those workouts to maximize your gains and add the strength you’re looking for. Plus, if you do too much at once then you risk injuring yourself, and no one wants to do that!
Staying healthy should be a priority as you work toward becoming stronger and healthier. There are definitely things you need to do in order to build strength, but you should make sure you’re doing them safely. If you have questions about your strength training routine, consult a professional at your gym who can help.
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