We have seen lots of interesting gym habits over the years, from observing bizarre lifting techniques to watching people using weight machines incorrectly – whenever any of our trainers notice something, they will gently approach and correct the user, to make sure they get the most out of their workout.
At Move Health and Fitness, we have noted down the most common mistakes we see women making while in the gym, as we are passionate about our clients reaching their goals, but to do that, you need to mix things up a little.
Firstly, ladies, don’t avoid weights. For women, lifting weights is probably the single best activity you can perform, especially as you get older and start to lose bone density. Weight-bearing exercises strengthen your whole body – giving you the support you need as you go about your busy lives.
Next, mix up your training habits. Growth happens through change, so if you are turning up at the gym three times a week and doing exactly the same exercises each time, you might not see any results. Walking on the treadmill while reading a magazine may be nice for your mental health, but it will do little to boost your overall fitness. Think about taking a group fitness class, or alternating between the treadmill and the elliptical machine. Vary your pace and play around with the incline to engage and recruit different muscle groups.
We suggest three or four cardio workouts and two to three strength sessions a week. This gives your muscles around 48 hours to recover before you work on them again.
Lastly, bring a friend! Having a training buddy works. They keep you accountable and on track with your training and. Let’s be honest, it’s easier to get through a tough workout with a friend by your side!
If you need any help creating a sustainable exercise program, contact us today. We look at your individual circumstances and great personalised programs for you, to help you achieve your goals.
Our team of Personal Trainers can offer your professional advice and guidance, and set you on a path to fitness. Call us today.