A GLAM fitness guru has revealed the most difficult mistakes she made when getting her body in shape.
These are common mistakes, but they could make all the difference in getting healthier and more toned at the gym, according to fitness guru Courtney Hawthorne.
Courtney Hawthorne revealed for her followers the tips that could make or break their fitness journey in a recent video.
And considering the results she got, they’re worth listening to.
Firstly, Hawthorne said that gym-goers shouldn’t train when they’re sore.
Listening to the body is an important part of getting fit.
Overtraining muscles can cause soreness or other health problems that are easy to avoid by resting when the body says so.
She wrote in the video that some are likely to train when sore just because “the plan said so” – but this is best to be avoided.
While it can be tempting and trendy to do a workout that barely breaks a sweat and the cardio machine ticks away calories, this may not get you results.
The glam fitness girl herself advised people to make “the next workout harder (than) the last.”
She explained this was because the body needs to be challenged to build additional muscles.
Doing the same workout each time will no longer challenge it, triggering plateaus.
The best results from an exercise routine don’t come from simply moving the body or lifting the heaviest weights.
Instead, Hawthorne suggests, the “mind-muscle connection” makes a huge difference.
“Mind-muscle connection (MMC) means to bring your attention to your body as you move,” Propel Physiotherapy said.
“It also means thinking about actively engaging the target muscle as you engage in movement.”
Thinking about and correctly moving each proper muscle group during a workout is the best way to train them.
“Doing too many exercises in one session” is a common mistake, the fitness pro added.
Instead, focusing on one or two muscle groups maximum will give you and your body the time and focus it takes to get them more fit.
Time is better spent focusing on, say abs and arms for one day, and legs for another.
This way, each muscle can be worked out from each possible angle instead of trying to tone up your entire anatomy during gym time.
DON’T SKIP RECOVERY
Soreness is not the only reason a person should rest from their workout.
And not recovering is a mistake, according to Hawthorne.
It seems like it would get quick results, as it means more gym time.
However, training through an injury could do permanent damage to the body, she said.
Even if there is no injury to speak of, there should be at least one rest day a week between workout routines, Hawthorne added.