When you go out to the gym and lift weights it is pretty much picking them up and putting them back down right? This is one of the mistakes that women tend to make with weight lifting. There are other muscles that need to be worked out as well, not just your arms. Here are four common weight lifting mistakes and how to take care of them if you find that you do them:
1. You change your routine too much: If you go into the gym and do a different weight lifting routine every day, you are not doing yourself any favors. You don’t get the chance to become an expert at anything because you are always changing things. Get onto one routine and stick with it for a few weeks or until you have mastered it and then move along to something different.
2. Your core is forgotten: You need to remember to engage your core and not just focus on your arms. This is a good way to get hurt. When you are lifting weights tense your core as if someone were about to punch you in the stomach. This will help you to engage your core and give you more stability with the weights.
3. Don’t forget about free weights: Free weights will actually do more for you than the fancy weight machines will. When you are using free weights you are engaging more muscles than you do when you are perfectly positioned in a machine that stabilizes your body for you. The more muscles you have engaged, the more calories you burn.
4. You aren’t going heavy enough: Challenge yourself! You may be able to do 100 reps with the light weights that you are using, but if you truly want to burn calories and fat on top of building muscle you need to make sure that you focus on heavy weights as opposed to how many reps you are doing. Build up the weight as time goes on and you begin to feel that they are getting lighter.