Here Are The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Must Avoid To Get The Lean Toned and Sexy Body You Really Want
Mistake #1: Doing Isolated Exercises
One of the biggest mistakes I see is people going to the gym and spending a lot of time on isolated exercises like bicepcurls and calf raises. These will not get you the results you want. I am not saying don’t do these exercises, but they are accessory lifts to your main compound lifts.
When you do these “one muscle at a time” moves, you just don’t recruit enough muscle fibers to make a significant difference, and you are not burning enough calories to make a difference. If your goal is to get lean and toned, you have got to do compound, multiple muscle movements, and workout the larger muscles like your legs and back which burn more fat while building lean muscle.
Mistake #2: Working out with machines
Machines are fine if you have injuries or limited range of motion, they are better than nothing but they don’t hold a candle to the results you can get with free weights. I will try not to go on a rant here, but if you want to get the body you deserve and plan on using machines to get it, well…a dream is probably all it will ever be. Although machines look really cool and are expensive, about the only thing they are good for is sitting down to have a chat with your friends while you watch the TV at your local Globo gym. Wait why are you sitting down at the gym and why is there even a TV in your gym? I thought you were at the gym to workout, not watch American Idol?
Anyways, back to the topic. Machines SUCK! They alter you’re your bodies natural range of motion. If you can’t get a full range of motion than you will not recruit all the muscle fibers, which equals less fat burnt and less muscle and we all know that is not good!
Mistake #3: Doing long bouts of cardio
Often times we see people running long distances for hours on end, this is good once in a while, but if you really want to burn fat and not hit a plateau you have to spike your heart rate up and down. You do this with interval and sprint training. A maximum effort for a shorter period, mixed with short rest periods; as opposed to doing 2 hours on the treadmill will gain you much faster results and is just a lot better time management!
Mistake #4: Doing crunches and sit-ups to get 6-pack abs
You can’t spot reduce fat; although abdominal exercises are a must, alone they will not give you the sexy midsection thatyou want. To get the midsection you want to show you have to get rid of the fat, and you have to burn it off you can’t crunch it off. You could have abs that are super strong, but as long as they are covered with a layer of fat no one will ever see them. The best way to burn off fat is, drum roll please ….. short burst cardio with a maximum effort, mixed with rest periods.
Mistake #5: Doing the same workout routines over and over
Repeating the same workouts over and over is a surefire way to STOP getting results. We all tend to get comfortable and do the same things over and over; humans are creatures of habit. This is not good for your workout; when you repeat the same routine, your body adapts and does less and less each time as it becomes more efficient at completing the prescribed sets reps and time. You see; your body has an amazing ability to adapt quickly and when it does, you hit the dreaded plateau and you stop making progress. That’s why at Elite Edge Transformation Center we constantly mix up the workouts so you will never do the same workout twice. We do this by using kickboxing, kettlebells, agility drills, sprints, and much much more to make the workout not only fun but always challenging, exciting and never boring.
Mistake #6: Doing long workouts
We have all heard our friends bragging about how they spent 2-3 hours in the gym and how much they did. On the surface that sounds really good; 2-3 hours must mean tons of calories burned and better results, right? We often times look at these people with awe and admiration, but I want you to start looking at these people as big time wasters. In reality you can’t work out at a strenuous pace in the gym for more than an hour or so, your body just can’t handle it, it’s simple as that.
Then you ask “what the heck are these people doing for 2-3 hours?”. I know if they came to an Elite Edge Transformation Center there is no way they could do 2-3 hours. In reality, they are probably wasting a lot of time with chit chat, checking out the opposite sex, just plain old being lazy or they don’t have a job and like to hang out at the gym all day. So from now on I want you to look at these people as big time wasters and I would go out on a limb and guess they are not getting the results they want in the gym.
Or maybe you have just been slaving away at the gym and your body isn’t visibly changing, you can’t do more of the same thing and expect a different result. In this case you need a qualified pro to coach you through the workouts and plan them out. You are missing the proven tools and strategies to get there – you may be running east looking for a sunset. You might be Usain Bolt if you are running the wrong direction you’re not gonna get there, you need to turn around and start heading west!
When it comes to getting lean and fit, your body responds to quality over quantity. I can show you how to get twice the results in half the time and give you more time to spend on what’s really important: your family and friends and doing the things you love, at the end of the day your workout should increase your quality of life not take up your entire life.
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