Just because you’ve been working out at the gym for a few months or years, that doesn’t make you infallible! Even the most experienced gym-goers make some pretty foolish blunders when they get to thinking they know best.
Here are a few silly gym fails to avoid:Refusing a spotter
No matter how heavy or light your weight, it’s always best to work with a spotter. You don’t want to be alone when you hit muscle failure, as that’s when you need the most help to complete your set. If you have to wrestle the weight back into place, you’re more likely to injure yourself.
Lifting too heavy
If you try to lift too heavy and fail, you’ll look foolish. Work with the weight you can handle, and only increase your weight slowly. The heavier you lift, the higher your risk of injury.
Yes, you’re working hard to lift the weights, but so is everyone around you, and you don’t hear them screaming. The occasional grunt is to be expected, but screaming is a waste of oxygen and effort.Treadmill fail
Keep your shoelaces tied tightly. Run in the center of the treadmill. Keep your eyes focused straight ahead. Don’t run too far back or forward. Be prepared for the belt to stick or shift, especially if you’re running at an incline or you weight a bit more than average.
Ignoring the weight clips
Even the most experienced lifters use clips! All that hard work and straining can cause you to sway or wobble, and there’s a serious chance the weight discs will slip. There is nothing more embarrassing than the thunderous crash of your weights slipping off your barbell and hitting the ground.
Powerlifting involves some pretty high-risk movements, such as the Snatch, the Clean and Jerk, the Power Press, and more. You’re lifting a lot of weight with explosive movements, and there is a serious chance of injury. Make sure you know how to do these exercises correctly before you try them!
Say Hello to H2O
Whether you’re heading off to spin class, boot camp, or any other exercise, it’s always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. Electrolyte-loaded athletic drinks, though, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so drinking water is usually fine until you’re exercising for more than one hour. At that point, feel free to go for regular Gatorade-type drinks (and their calories), which can give you a beneficial replenishment boost.