Jason is a fitness buff who enjoys weightlifting.
For those who are looking to begin a weight lifting regimen, it’s important to have the right mindset. A big part of achieving that is understanding what one should and shouldn’t be doing in the gym. With that said, here are two common mistakes that beginning weightlifters would do well to avoid.
It’s not uncommon to see someone get overwhelmed early on in their weightlifting journey. Beginners – especially men – tend to lift with their egos more than their brains. This often leads to incorrect or improper form, which can lead to injury. That’s why it’s important to lift smartly and leave the ego at the door. Seek guidance from a personal trainer or gym staff prior to beginning a weight lifting program.
The motto, no pain, no gain is still used widely in fitness circles, but it’s not necessarily accurate. Ignoring warning signs from the body, particularly pain, can be detrimental to one’s training. If a particular lift creates odd pain or soreness, especially on one side of the body more than another, you may be using an improper amount of weight or you may need to explore what is the source of the pain before continuing.