Here is yet another guest post from Lisa Morton!
The 4 Biggest and Most Common Bodybuilding Mistakes You Can Make
When it comes to bodybuilding, almost every amateur in the game will at some point or another be guilty of any or all of the following mistakes. There are so many assumptions about what you should and shouldn’t be doing that the facts end up taking a back seat and the results simply grind to a halt. You feel like you’re making all the right moves and putting in so much effort, but you’re getting absolute zero in return.
So if all this sounds familiar and you have no idea why your progress has hit an impasse, chances are it could be for one of these reasons:
Too Much, Too Heavy
There will always be those that favour the kinds of weights they can barely lift off the ground in the first place and manage three reps before screaming. Sadly, this can be massively counterproductive as the number of reps you do is just as important as the weight itself. As a rule of thumb, those in the know advise that you choose a weight you can do at least six reps with and end up feeling the same need to scream as you approach ten. If you can only do about six at a time or less, it will actually benefit you stepping down a few kilos and upping the reps instead.
Let there be no mistake about it – there IS a right and a wrong way to lift every weight in the world and perform every exercise on a machine. As such, if you’ve never been shown the ropes by a professional, there’s a pretty high chance you’re doing something at least slightly wrong and don’t even realise it. It could be something minor that’s of little concern, it could be something that’s preventing you from growing or it could be something destined to send you to the ER if you keep it up. Bad habits are easy to form and very tough to break – are you guilty of any?
Stopping at 10
When you hit your tenth rep, do you instinctively stop or do you power on until you literally cannot do another for love nor money? The latter is always the best approach to gaining the most girth in the shortest time possible as to train like this is to train in accordance with your body and what it’s capable of. By contrast, work to the ten count every time and you could be cheating yourself out of some serious benefits.
Favouring Sweet Spots
And to finish on a biggie, why is that those with massive biceps and tiny legs feel it necessary to spend 65% of their workout trying to make their guns even bigger while ignoring the rest? Bodybuilding is all about balance and building a body that’s in equal proportions all over, as opposed to one that looks a state and is all different sizes on all different places. Go against what might be your usual instincts and focus on your weakest areas, giving your strongest points a rest.