You’re working on your abs so you do non-stop crunches yet you’re not seeing results. Same goes for heavy-HIIT hitters – it’s all sweat and no definition forming. Sound familiar? You need to make a few changes to your fitness regime.
Darren Beale from MuscleFood.com said: “If you’re a regular gym-goer, you’ll often begin to develop a routine that you’ll do day in day out, which is a huge mistake.
“To see consistent results, it’s important to always switch it up and try something new. Don’t be afraid to get out your comfort zone.
“And to avoid settling into the wrong kind of routine, it’s also important to set yourself small, but achievable goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are six packs and biceps. Take time to work on your fitness and muscle definition and slowly but surely, you’ll get there.”
Mistake 1: You only do cardio
Pounding the treadmill three days a week and performing an intense ab session twice a week is not going to give you a six-pack. Why not? Because you need to be muscle-building instead.
Start adding weights to your routine, they help to build muscle. Keep at it and you’ll see that definition a lot sooner.
Mistake 2: You dedicate your life to HIIT
High-intensity interval training is great as it gets your heart pumping and really makes you feel like you’ve done a good work out. But it can be extremely demanding on the body and shouldn’t be done more than 3 or 4 times per week. If you find yourself doing more than that, mix it up with some low intensity classes.
Mistake 3: You’re scared to squat
Don’t be afraid to squat and deadlift – these types of exercises are the key to honing your body. They’re the exercises that burn the most calories as they target the most muscle groups in one go plus they engage your core too.
Mistake 4: You’re on a constant diet
Stop calorie counting and try the 80/20 instead, where you eat healthy foods most of the time but allow yourself a treat without feeling guilty.
Mistake 5: You do the same workout everyday
Your body is smart, and one thing it’s good at is finding ways to reserve calories – this is the number one reason why you plateau. Make sure you always progress, increasing the size of your weights, switching up your exercise regime or trying a new workout.
Mistake 6: Your head’s not in it
For results, you’ve got to stick with it but be honest too. Look at your diet and exercise as something you honestly enjoy. If that means trying out a few different types of exercises, so be it! Once your start to think of it as a lifestyle choice as your workouts as a hobby, you’ll be much more inclined to stick with it and enjoy the progress you’re making.