Training “smart” involves more than understanding how to use the equipment in your gym properly. You must think critically about your training and make sure each exercise you take part in has a purpose that will help you achieve your objectives. Below are five common errors that guys make when exercising, and ways to correct these.
1. Do not have the correct reps
It is important to alter the reps according to the exercise and the muscles you’re working. Lower-body pressing exercises stimulate muscles that are fast-twitch, which is why they should be performed using smaller reps (sets of 6-8). Your leg muscles are made to be strong, therefore exercises that require 12 or more repetitions are ideal.
2. Bench press setup incorrectly
When you bench with your back straight and elbows flexed 90deg could cause injury to you shoulder joints and reduce the amount of weight you are able to lift. Your shoulder blades should be pulled together and lower them, then arch your back. Keep your elbows at your sides while your lower bar and then drive your feet towards the floor while pressing.
3. Not using the correct supersets
The pullups along with deadlifts are fantastic back-building exercises However, pairing them together could weaken your grip and affecting your performance in subsequent sets. Do not pair abs exercises with compound lifts that are heavy, like pressing or squats, as it will strain your core, making your more susceptible to injuries.
4. The wrong muscle is stretched at the incorrect timing
Extend the muscles you’re working between sets could temporarily weaken the muscles. It is better to stretch muscles opposing the ones you’re training for example, stretching your pecs on an open door frame during rows of seated. This will help strengthen your back exercise.
5. Don’t lift to fit your body
Lifters who are taller face an advantage when lifting large weights due to their leashes (limbs) are longer. If you’re 6′ tall or taller, consider reducing the range of motion you can do on your squat and bench press and pullup to keep tension on your target muscles and stop you from slipping to the point where you’re in your lowest.