Mar 17 2017
I’ve been training for so long I almost forgot what my world looked like without lifting! I’ve been very fortunate in my training journey – I’ve worked with some world-renowned coaches, I’ve had support from the people closest to me, and I’ve clocked zillions of coaching hours in my studio…
I’ve been training for so long I almost forgot what my world looked like without lifting!
I’ve been very fortunate in my training journey – I’ve worked with some world-renowned coaches, I’ve had support from the people closest to me, and I’ve clocked zillions of coaching hours in my studio here in London.
Yes, some things I learned the hard way too!
But that’s why I can see red flags a mile off when it comes to training mistakes – there is nothing I haven’t seen before.
So here are a few mistakes you might be making, that could be preventing you from getting the body you want.
>>> YOU FOCUS TOO MUCH ON HIT AND CARDIO
Lifting weights should always take priority. That’s where the real magic happens. HIT and any other types of cardio should be used as sparingly as possible, and should never detract from the intensity of your weight training sessions.
Get that the wrong way round and yeah, you might lose a bit of body fat in the short term but your long term results will most definitely suffer.
Also, cardio is boring! You are far more likely to lose motivation quicker doing long slow cardio sessions than you ever will with short but intense weight training. Want a routine that you can keep to long term? Weight training wins every time.
>>> YOUR TECHNIQUE NEEDS SHARPENING UP
I cannot tell you the number of personal trainers, or fitness coaches I have worked with….and EVEN they sometimes have work to do on their technique. We all do – I’m still working on mine.
My point is this – if you are doing weight training in the gym and you don’t use full range of movement – or you don’t engage the right muscles, at best you will not make progress – at worst you will wind up injured.
>>> YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT CONCEPT OF “HEAVY”
Lets rewind for a second – why is being strong important? Because strength equals muscle…and muscle in turn equals metabolism. You need a fast metabolism in order to burn fat.
If you want to know what strong really is, don’t look around your commercial gym and compare yourself to the people around you! It’ll give you a false sense of what acceptable is.
Strong means being able to shift your own bodyweight to do a wide variety of things – pushups, pull-ups, squats and deadlifts should be your absolute minimum standard. Set the bar in the same place as your average Jo, guess what kind of a body you will have?
This is “Barbell Barbie” Amanda, 17-Time World Champion – can she bench more than you?!
You don’t need hours and hours in the gym every week to get results. If you’re anything like me you want to get in and out quickly so that you can keep the rest of your life for all the things you enjoy.
So you’d better make damn sure you are doing it right and putting that time to good use!