By Sidney Wilson
So you’ve been training hard and going to the gym consistently but somehow you can’t seem to get the results you desire. You’re likely wondering why you are working so hard but not seeing the desired results despite all your hard work and effort.
Well, there are many exercise pitfalls that can sabotage your efforts and get in the way of reaching your desired body. Keep reading to learn three of the most common pitfalls and what you can do to overcome them.
Failure to set performance goals.
Setting goals is very important for reaching the body you desire. Goals can be the destination and the roadmap that allow you to successfully lose weight, add muscle, or increase your endurance. If you don’t have specific goals around what it is you desire to achieve, then it’s going to be difficult to get where you want to go.
Often, where people go wrong is when only focusing on the long-term goal, such as losing 50 pounds or fitting into smaller clothes. These goals are great and definitely a must; however, it’s also important to set smaller, action-oriented goals along they way to track your progress and to keep you on the right path. These types of goals are known as performance goals.
They are goals that you can track on a daily or weekly basis such as exercising five days per week for 30 minutes, completing three strength-training workouts per week, or running 20 miles per week.
They are easy to measure and very specific.
At the end of the week you either did them or you didn’t, so it’s easy to track your progress. They’re the action steps that you will take to reach your ultimate goal. So ask yourself, what performance goals can you set to reach your ultimate goal?
Doing the same workout routine over and over again.
Have you ever noticed someone in the gym doing the same exact workout routine for weeks, months, or even years? Have you noticed how their body tends to look the same despite all their time in the gym?
Well if you have, or if that sounds like you, great job for being consistent, but unfortunately doing the same workout routine over and over again without creating a new challenge often leads to a weight loss plateau, lack of results, and a lot of frustration.
So what can you do? It’s important that you are constantly challenging yourself and coming up with new and different workout routines and exercises. Eventually, the same one will get easy and no longer offer the stimulus needed to continue to transform your body.
That’s when it’s time to try some new exercises, increase the weight, or up the intensity.
Generally, changing up your routine and making it more challenging every four to six weeks will help you to avoid hitting that dreaded plateau.
Not paying attention to your diet.
When it comes to transforming your body, what you eat is going to have a huge impact on getting the results you desire. Often it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that exercise is enough, but actually exercise is not the best way to burn fat.
Exercise is best for shaping and toning your body or adding muscle, but your nutrition is what’s going to get off that extra fat sitting on top of those muscles.
So if you’re not getting the results you desire, it may be time to start paying more attention to your diet. It may be time to cut down on sugar, lower your carbohydrate intake, up your protein intake, or start watching how many calories you’re actually eating.
Sometimes, even just a few small changes can have a huge impact on your results. So what areas of your diet could you clean up to start getting the results you desire?
Sidney Wilson is a Las Vegas-based celebrity fitness trainer and lifestyle coach dedicated to providing his clients with the tools needed to “Get Vicious.” Through rigorous workouts and extensive nutrition coaching, Sidney trains clients at The Get Vicious Training Center located at 5693 South Jones Blvd. Suite 103, Las Vegas, NV 89118, or remotely around the world through his website www.sidneywilson.com. Sidney can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-226-6359.