Seven Things Trainers Wish You Wouldn't Do At The Gym
That's eight if you include wearing that high-cut leotard...
The gym. A place of comfort and joy, (comfort and joy).... or a place of pain and suffering.
Either way it's a place, right?
And while some of us enjoy a workout, others see it as torture, a necessary evil or just a plain old chore...
Look, we may think we're Jeff Horn in the Boxing Ring and iron woman Georgie Miller in the gym, but chances are we're actually spending too long coming up with excuses why we can't exercise or phoning a workout in. For personal trainers and physiotherapists, it's their job to make sure we stay fit and healthy -- and they've dealt with it all. Whinging, using equipment in the wrong way, no-shows... So what are the things they see all the time that make them want to punch us with a well-toned arm?
Using The Words ‘I'm So Unfit’
"I hear this multiple times a day and even though I understand you may be feeling anxious about making it through your workout alive, it sets you off to a negative start," said Lizzie Bland, founder and trainer at Lean Bean Fitness & Lean Bean Retreats, "and in turn, you probably won’t push yourself that much. Instead, tell your trainer ‘I’m taking it easy today’ or ‘I'm just getting back into exercise’ so they can help if needed and the pressure to give 100% is lifted from you. The reason you’re here is to get fitter so be proud of yourself for showing up. The only way is…up!"
"Many exercises require a lot of focus to get right and allow you to switch on correct muscle groups," said Lizzie Bland." When people get agitated or simply start to tire, they tend to fidget and change positions a lot which only wastes your energy further. The teacher knows best in this situation, so listening to their cue’s plus taking a few deep breaths will help bring your focus back, benefiting most from your workout.
Having Terrible Posture And Technique On Machines
"As a physiotherapist, I can’t help but notice people’s posture and technique on gym machines," warned Women’s Health Physiotherapist Anna Scammell. "It’s cringe-worthy how many gym-goers sit slumped, pushing or pulling heavy weights incorrectly, loading up the wrong muscles and ultimately straining their backs. They are injuries waiting to happen!"
Cancelling Last Minute
"We’ve all been there and in some situations, there’s not much you can do but to miss your class -- and that’s okay," Bland told 10 daily. "In nearly all cases, however, the reason you’re skipping that 6am workout is because your bed is far more appealing, and although you’ll feel fine about it when you hit snooze, you’ll soon start to regret it and feel sluggish.
Next time you book a class or a PT session, commit to it 100 percent so you don’t talk yourself out of it when the going gets tough."
Engaging Your Core And Sucking In Every Muscle Known To Man.
"A common phrase you hear floating around a gym is 'suck your belly button to the spine to engage your core'. This is actually wrong!" cautioned Scammell. "Doing this engages your superficial abdominal muscles (not core), creates intra-abdominal pressure, and causes you to hold your breath. None of which are functional. Core muscles refer to the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles, and only require a gentle contraction to engage. Gym-goers should see a trained physiotherapist to learn correct core activation in order to prevent injuries."
Avoiding Trying Anything New
"You know what you like and you like what you know," said Bland. "Unfortunately your body also knows and will quickly adapt to the type of exercise you do regularly meaning you’ll stop reaping the initial benefits.
Including a variety of exercise styles activates different muscles and challenges your body to work more effectively."
Leaving Before The End Of Class
'There are allowances here but leaving early and missing those crucial last few minutes to cool down can be really detrimental to your recovery and in turn, leave you at risk of getting a recurrent injury," said Bland.
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