Whether you’re in your own home gym or a fitness center, your goals are the same – shed fat, gain muscle and become more fit in general. However, there are a few stupid mistakes that virtually everybody makes with gym equipment from time to time. Here, we’ve gathered the top five mistakes – read on and learn what to avoid.
Storing Equipment in Out of the Way Places
Unless you live in a frat house with other bodybuilders, you probably don’t want to drop your weights, bench, treadmill and other large gym equipment in the middle of the living room floor. As a result of this, many people store it in the garage, basement or other out-of-the-way place. While this solves one issue, it creates another – because those places are out of the way, you’re less likely to see your equipment. Out of sight – out of mind! You’re less likely to actually use that equipment.
Thankfully, this mistake has a simple solution, and it doesn’t involve parking your treadmill in front of the TV. The key here is self-motivation. Create a list for each day regarding your target workout. Place this list in a very hard to miss spot, like on your bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator door. By placing the list – not the equipment – front and center, you’ll find your workouts much more difficult to avoid.
Hitting the Gym at Peak Hours
When it comes to gym equipment at the fitness center, ignoring it isn’t an issue. Waiting in long lines, however, can be a big problem and lead to skipped workouts. The mistake here is going to the gym during its peak hours. These hours are different for every gym, and depend on the hours of the gym’s clientele. Gyms with lots of professional businesspeople, for example, are likely to be busiest right after typical business hours. To remedy this mistake, switch your gym schedule to coincide with the fitness center’s slowest times of day. You won’t have to wait in like to use a treadmill, and you’ll probably find the quieter atmosphere more pleasant.
Taking on Too Much Too Soon
It’s exciting to buy gym equipment and take it home – you have visions in your head of the ripped, toned physique you’re going to build. However, this leads to a very dangerous and common mistake – trying to do too much before you’re ready. This can be done on virtually any piece of gym equipment. You might try to lift weights which are too heavy for you, or push yourself to run an insane distance on the treadmill your very first day. To avoid this mistake, create a workout chart and start things off small. You’ll make improvements, and they’ll feel much better than a ripped muscle!
Buying Equipment Above Your Skill Level
While many pieces of gym equipment can be adjusted to accommodate both beginner and advanced levels of fitness, some can’t. For example, you don’t want to buy a set of 50-pound weights if you’ve never lifted before. Avoid this surprisingly common mistake by budgeting and taking your fitness level into account before you hit the stores.
Buying Poorly Constructed Pieces
A very common mistake regarding gym equipment is purchasing cheap pieces. Yes, it may seem like a good idea at the time when it comes to money, but that cheap price usually reflects cheap construction. Having a piece of equipment fail on you can be extremely dangerous, so don’t risk it. If you’re on a tight budget, consider renting equipment or purchasing well-made pieces used. Your safety is not worth saving a few bucks!