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Rookie Gym Errors We Need To Stop Making

Whether you’re a rookie in the racks or a veteran with weights, there are still common gym errors that many of us will make during the time that we exercise. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight, gain some muscle, or get a better cardio vascular system, these mistakes that we make in the gym apply to most.

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Doing the same thing

If you never change up your routine, your body gets used to doing the same things and you will start to plateau, meaning that you won’t be making any improvements; rather, you will be staying at the same level. This could mean that you won’t lose any weight, you won’t gain any muscle and/or you won’t improve your cardio vascular system. It’s important to change up your routine and try lots of different things to keep your body guessing and get fit in many different dimensions.

Not changing your diet

You can exercise all you want, but if you don’t change your diet to something that is healthier and more beneficial for your bod, you won’t be getting the improvements that you want. We’ve often heard the terms ‘you can’t outrun a bad diet’ and ‘abs are made in the kitchen’, and they’re not wrong. To get the results you want, especially if it involves losing stomach fat, it’s important to change your diet.

Not being consistent

We’re probably all guilty of this one, especially through winter, but only hitting the gym once a week is not going to be enough to achieve the goals you’re after. Consistently hitting the gym 3-4 times per week is great, and 4-5 times is even better for making improvements to your body.

Not doing enough

You may be consistent with your time at the gym, but if you’re not pushing yourself and your body, you’re going to stay the same. Just because you’re at the gym, it doesn’t mean that you’re putting in the hard yards. By working hard, you’ll feel your body fighting to get fit.

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July 5, 2015

Easy Barbell Exercises For Women

Barbell’s are one of the easiest ways to keep your fitness routine interesting, especially if you’re a beginner and wanting to stick to the New Years Resolution.

But sometimes women find it discouraging to train using weights since so many of us believe that we could develop a muscular physique, but this is far from the truth! Tone your entire body from head to toe with just five of these easy barbell exercises.

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Deadlift

It is true, this exercise sounds a lot more difficult and scary than it actually is!

In reality, it will work your buttocks, and carve out those toned, sculpted thighs in no-time. Bend forward holding the barbell, then push back and upwards. Keep your head up to avoid causing strain or injury to your neck.

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Sumo squat

Take your squat to the next level by using a barbell to maximise your entire workout routine. Stand with legs wide apart, and squatting, lift the barbell slowly upwards as your body begins to straighten out. For best results, keep the barbell as close to the body as possible.

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Incline bench press

Use an inclined bench to help workout the upper chest, as well as the arms and core abdominal muscles. Keep your back as flat as possible, then inhale and lower your arms until they are level to your chest. Grab a friend to come and spot you, as it can sometimes be scary if you’re a beginner.

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Standing curl

Stand with your feet apart and curl your biceps until they have completely contracted. This is a must-have workout if you want to define your arms, and lose any body fat before swimsuit season!

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Bent over row

Straighten your back with this effective lifting exercise which feels amazing once you get the hang of it. Slightly bend your knees for extra stability, then pull your arms back, and roll towards your chest. Make sure to stretch well before any of these exercises to avoid the dreaded muscle strain!

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