Ever wonder why your muscle growth has stunned even though you have been spending extra minutes on your favorite strength training routine? Well, there could be more than one problem, and could primarily be bad strength training habits. The first thing you should do is identify these habits and work on breaking free from them through consistency and practice. Here are some probable bad habits that you should look into:
1) Lack of Sleep: Ensure 8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can lead to feelings of tiredness, irritability, stress, and even depression. After a workout session, your body requires proper rest and recovery to build and strengthen muscles, which is why sleep is an essential element. Setting up a proper sleeping routine will take you a long way.
2) Lifting Too Much Weight: Instead of lifting the heaviest weight you can at the beginning of a workout start with lightweight dumbbells or a lightweight barbell. Then move to moderate weight amounts in a slow and controlled fashion. Lifting more weight than you should only give you super sore muscles and possibly lead to injuries.
3) Poor Nutrition: If you’re only eating simple carbs, sugar, and processed foods, you’ll be working out harder, yet not seeing much improvement in the way you look and feel. To see improvements in muscle tone, growth, and strength, you should start eating whole foods, such as vegetables, protein, fruits, and grains.
4) Improper Form: Improper form is one of the top bad strength training habits. Poor form will only lead to injuries. It is important to ask a professional for assistance or look for proper instructions online before performing new strength training exercises.
5) Always Doing the Same Workout: Your muscles will at some point hit a plateau and you will no longer see improvements if you are doing the same exercise over and over again. Once you’ve perfected an exercise, do one of two things: Add or increase the weight to re-introduce a challenge to your muscles or add variation to the exercise. To see change for our bodies, we must confuse our muscles by changing up the exercises we perform.