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Monday, April 30, 2007

The 3 Biggest Training Mistakes!

Here are the 3 biggest mistakes made over and over again (along with quick tips on how to fix those mistakes!)

Mistake #1

Training only your favorite body parts

If you only train your favorite body parts - you are doing your body a grave disservice. In addition to creating an unbalanced and out of proportion physique, it leads to overtraining, stubborn injuries and most importantly a slower metabolism.

When you workout in all facets of conditioning your body is running at peak levels. Your metabolism is stoked and running hot because you are requiring it to function in many planes of movement, working various muscles all over the body and essentially requiring it to work harder than it would if you only trained 2 of your favorite body parts over and over.

Mistake #2

No Workout Variety

If you always complete the same exercises and routine over and over, your body gets used to it. It doesn’t have the need to build new muscle. It becomes complacent.

Your body is only going to build enough muscle and get strong enough to complete the exercise as required. If you do the same 8 exercises over and over again you will never make any progress. Even if you add weight and make the exercises harder your progress is still limited because your body only has to produce enough strength to lift that extra 5 pounds.

Now if you want to consistently be progressing and challenging your body then you should be adjusting your workouts frequently. An example would be to change your workouts up every 3 weeks. You can still work the same muscle groups, but choose different exercises that target those muscles.

If you don’t believe me try a forward lunge for 4 consecutive workouts and then switch to a lateral lunge for the next 4 workouts and see if you notice a difference between the two exercises. They are essentially working the same muscles, but differently and your muscles will most definitely recognize that.

Mistake #3

Damaging Post-Workout Nutrition

This is the biggest mistake that can be easily corrected!

You only get results from exercise AFTER you are done with your workout! And if you don’t consume some type of post workout drink, your will suffer in your recovery and your progress will be slower.

The research is abundant with studies showing an intake of carbohydrates and protein together within 1 hour after working out greatly enhances recovery, increases protein synthesis and replenishes glycogen. The key is to digest quick digesting nutrients so that the recovery process can begin immediately.

The best way to do this is by consuming a high quality post-workout drink with the proper carbohydrate to protein ratio. If you are choosing just a high protein drink without enough carbs, you are consuming the wrong drink.

Prograde Varisty Post-Workout Drink is the perfect blend of carbs/proteins and it’s fast absorbing so it will feed your muscles the necessary nutrients you need to start the recovery process and prepare you for your next workout.

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