Ok, maybe fatal is too strong of a word to use, but these 4 common mistakes are still major infractions we have all made in the gym that can lead to long-term damage to our bodies, and inevitably hindering our gains.
Feeling Light Headed
Believing that you are being strong by powering through with the workout while feeling light headed is a big mistake. Feeling light headed is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that your body is telling you that it needs to refuel. Continuing to work out while you are feeling light headed can almost certainly lead to an injury, and can even cause you to pass out during your work out.
You definitely wouldn’t drive a car running on E, so why would you continue to use your body when it is on E. So if you do begin to feel light headed while working out, try to eat or drink something as soon as possible to avoid causing any harm to yourself.
Lifting Too Heavy
Lifting weights that are too heavy is the perfect way to end up with an injury. If you are unable to lift a particular weight with good form and technique, put it down. You will only end up, dislocating, pulling, popping or hurting yourself in some form or fashion. Start with a weight that is challenging yet doable and gradually work your way up to avoid any unnecessary hospital visits.
Working Through The Pain
Any half decent trainer will tell you if you are experiencing pain, then it is time to stop. Continuing to work through the pain will only aggravate whatever underlying injury you have. Doing so would also delay the healing process, and could potentially make the injury worse.
If you absolutely have to get your hour in the gym, try to work a completely unrelated muscle group to ensure that you do not exacerbate what ever may be causing the pain in the first place.
Only training one muscle group
This mistake is less commonly made, but it is still worth mentioning for those of you out there that still do this. Only training one muscle group is a big mistake for more than one reason.
Firstly, it makes you look incredibly humorous to look at, yes, you may have nice big arms and shoulders but if your upper body is being held up by two twig legs, then that is not a good look.
And secondly, doing so will absolutely cause muscle imbalances, which I’m sure I don’t need to say are bad news. Muscle imbalances can lead to injury by causing one muscle to weaken while the other becomes overactive, inevitably creating bad posture, limiting your mobility and promoting muscle stiffness.
So to make sure you avoid making any hospital trips and are getting the most out of your workouts, follow this guide to guarantee you don’t make any more fatal mistakes while in the gym.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and stop making these fatal mistakes in the gym.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.