Simon has seen a lot of successes and failures through his many years as a trainer. I was intrigued as to what Simon sees as being the top exercise mistakes that people make. Why? Because overcoming mistakes is how you succeed! And BBB Babes, I want you to succeed and achieve your goals so badly!
These are the 5 greatest exercise mistakes through Simon's eyes:
1. Doing too much too soon
Do you not exercise for a month, and then do an hour long intense session at the gym and can't walk for the rest of the week? Or have you gone from never exercising to hitting the gym 5 days a week for an hour and a half? If this is you, Simon says that you're going to hard too soon!
If you do too much too soon, your body won't be conditioned. Which means that you are likely to burn out and find it hard to continue. Or you'll injure yourself.
The key to overcome this mistake, is to start in moderation and build up your fitness and strength over time. If you're a beginner, start like a beginner, not as a fitness professional.
2. Not having a workout plan
If you've ever had a gym membership, I'll bet my life that you can relate to this... not knowing what to do when you walk in! There are so many options, that you panic and end up doing 20 minutes on the treadmill, followed by the bike, cross trainer, or if you're really feeling adventurous, the step machine. And then you leave wondering if you've even had a workout. Winging it isn't the way to go! And if you can't afford a personal trainer, that's where my workout guides come in. Having a workout plan is a sure way to guarantee that you'll get the most out of your gym membership.
3. Training body parts, e.g. legs day
I think we all know that consistency is key to getting results. But I still receive so many questions from girls asking for specific body part workouts, which goes against being consistent.
If you do legs on a Monday, booty on a Wednesday and abs on a Friday, in theory you've had a great workout week. But, you've only worked each muscle group once. Just once. And if you want results, you need to workout each muscle group 2 to 4 times a week.
Even if you workout each muscle group for a shorter amount of time but more often, you'll get better results. This is one point that Simon was really passionate about getting across! And it's the reason all of the workouts in my guides are full body.
4. Not focusing on tempo
I forget this one myself sometimes, and it's an important one. If I'm in a rush to get through my workout, I'll speed through it and not focus on tempo. When your goal is to build muscle, it's important to slow it down during your reps and take 5 seconds per rep. This will get you the best results, and after all, if you're working out, you want to make it count!
Focus on tempo where you can of course, you can't slow down kettlebell swings! But where you can, slow it down. When you do a squat, take 4 seconds to go down and then 1 second to come back up. Or when you do a push up, take 4 seconds to push up through your arms, then 1 second to come back down.
5. Not targeting your nutrition
If you can't relate to either of the first 4 points and aren't seeing the results you are looking for, it might be coming down to your nutrition. You might not be eating enough (which I realised was more common than I realised through our BBB Babes Facebook Group) or you might not be eating the right combination of foods.
Targeting your nutrition to your goal, whether it be to Lose, Gain or Maintain, is the best way to ensure you get the results that you want. And if you need help with meal plans, check out EAT Nutrition Guide.
My chat with Simon was a great reminder for me about what I need to re-focus on. I hope that this has helped you too BBB Babes!