10 Bad Things in Body Building

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Dehydration of just 3% can cause a 10% loss of strength, hindering your training. Drinking enough water before, during, and after exercise can increase performance up to 25%. Drink ½ oz to 1 oz of water per pound of bodyweight per day to maintain hydration.

2. Not Getting Enough Sleep

It’s difficult to build muscle and burn fat without adequate sleep—seven hours a night, preferably eight. Sleep is when most of your hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone, are released. Without adequate sleep, you’re sabotaging your efforts to build muscle and burn fat.

3. Not Warming Up

Generations of gym teachers and track coaches gave stretching a bad name by having us push against walls or pull one heal to our butt. So-called static stretching is most effective after a workout. Instead, activate your muscles by taking 5 or 10 minutes before training to perform an active warm-up consisting of movements such as walking lunges, planks, glute bridges, and marching in place. You’ll be better prepared for a great strength workout—and less likely to hurt yourself.

4. Doing The Same Routines

The body adapts quickly to even the most brutal workouts. That’s why it’s important to keep challenging it with different movements. It’s easy to fall into familiar routines in the gym. After all, you’ve no doubt mastered the movements and added more weight to the bar. But your body has been lulled into autopilot. Workouts should be like snowflakes, no two should be alike.

5. Focusing On Size And Weight

When it comes to muscle, people tend to focus on size and weight; the bigger, the better. But if a 200-lb athlete drops to 180lbs but maintains the same power and strength, his relative power has jumped through the roof. Cars, planes, and motorcycles have elite power-to-weight ratios. So do athletes. Train with the goal of having more lean body mass and less body fat, not more muscle and more weight.

6. Misjudging Protein Intake

Those who get the protein they need throughout the day maintain muscle mass and are leaner than those who don’t. Those who train don’t need more than 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight a day—less active people need less—and that should be spread out over five or six small meals. It’s a misnomer that you can’t eat too much protein. That’s because excess protein, especially from animal sources, has been linked to kidney stones.

7. Ignoring Stabilizer Muscles

If you’re focused on building a huge chest, arms, and legs, you could be ignoring your body’s foundation. Be sure to work in three planes of motion and strengthen the stabilizer muscles around your shoulders, hips, and midsection to build a powerful core, and provide protection against injury. Make medicine balls, physioballs, mini-bands, and rotational movements (lifting, chopping) part of your arsenal.

8. Not Maximizing Your Gym Time

Do you perform a set of 10 reps and wait two minutes before doing another? Make better use of your time and get better results with super sets. If you do a pushing exercise, like a bench press, follow it immediately with a pulling exercise, like a dumbbell row. While one set of muscles is working, the opposite set is resting. You’ll save time and perform better since the non-working muscles recover faster while their opposing muscles work. See how many sets you can do while the people around you are playing with their phones.

9. Forgetting Post-Workout

Your body is screaming for nutrients right after a workout, and the sooner you refuel the tank the quicker your body will recover and your muscles will grow. Your gym bag should include a post-workout recovery mix and a shaker bottle that you can mix immediately following the workout. If that’s too heavy a burden, pack a ready-to-drink protein drink. The sooner you refuel the better.

10. Not Incorporating Recovery

If you lift three or four days a week, you probably do little or nothing on the other days. Rest is a good strategy, but active rest promotes recovery. Rolling on a foam roller provides deep compression to roll out muscle spasms that develop over time. This allows the muscles to relax and loosen, gets the blood flowing, and helps the body recover more quickly.

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