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Carolyn Phillips: 5 Common Weight Training Mistakes

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Weight training can be a great way to tone and build your muscles, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t do it right.  Carolyn shares five common mistakes people make when they first start weight training.

1.  Lifting Too Much

Typically, women don’t like to lift a lot of weight, but men do, which can lead to injury.  The key is to not compromise your form, which won’t recruit the right muscles anyway.  Build your base of foundation, so you don’t have injuries right away… or six months or a year down the road.

2.  Neglecting Progressive Overload

This is the opposite of lifting too much– not lifting enough, or staying at the same weight all the time isn’t good.  progressive overload can be higher weight, faster speed or more sets of lifts… anything that will change up your workout so the body doesn’t adjust and adapt.

3.  Thinking More is Better

The value of exercise really only comes in about 45-60 minutes.  After that, the value goes way down and the risk of injury goes way up.

4. Focusing On Your Strengths Only

Some people only focus on one area since they think it’s their strongest– or weakest.  But to be truly effective, your workout must be full body because everything in your body is connected.

5.  Following Trends

Don’t follow fitness trends… learn to know what it is YOUR body needs.  If you need to reduce stress, take on something like Yoga.  If you need weight loss, do a high intensity interval workout.  Find the right workout for you!

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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