5 Bad Workout Habits You Need to Stop Right Now

If you are like a lot of gym-goers, you probably have your routine pretty well set. Whether you are a Highlands Ranch Manic Training member or if you go to a big box gym, you probably go on the same days and probably at the same times. Routines can be good—until they are not. 

Are you carrying around bad habits with you to the gym? Here are few you will want to let go of.

#1—Wearing Gloves When You Lift Weights

Sure, you want to protect those soft hands from calluses, but you might be hurting your fitness goals while you are doing it. Wearing gloves during weight training compromises your “gainz” because it is sabotaging your grip strength. When your grip strength is good, your forearms are supported so you can do more reps. If you think your gloves are helping you lift more, work on improving your grip strength instead.

#2—Thinking You Can Outwork a Poor Diet

There is a saying that “abs are made in the kitchen,” which refers to the fact that diet is even more important for your fitness than your workouts. If you aren’t getting adequate fats, carbohydrates, and protein, you might find your performance in the gym suffers. If you are trying to lose weight, calorie deficit is the only way to do it—regardless of how much cardio you do every day. 

#3—Using Improper Form

Not only does this detract from workout benefits, but it also sets you up for injuries. If you aren’t sure about proper form, ask a coach or personal trainer for help. You can even look up exercises on YouTube to find out how to do them properly. 

#4—Training Too Much

Also known as “overtraining,” this can turn your workout endorphins into exhaustion if you hit the gym day after day after day without respite. It can impact your ability to sleep well at night as well, which can make you feel sluggish and sore.

#5—Never Changing Your Routine

If you do 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 10 pullups every day, your body will become accustomed to this. It will be less and less of a challenge, and you’ll probably stop seeing any kind of progress. Change it up, focusing on different areas of the body each day. Doing something different every day is one of the advantages to a HIIT-style workout such as Manic Training.

Join Manic Training for a free week trial. Manic Training sessions are intense and challenging to everyone—regardless of your fitness level. Sign up today for fitness in Highlands Ranch!