Five Common Strength Training Mistakes

Avoid these errors to ensure your training delivers the results you want

No-one is perfect, so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gym-goer it’s likely you’ll find yourself making one of these common strength training mistakes identified by personal trainer Peter Gaffney. The good news is that they’re all pretty easy and quick to fix.

1. Just Thinking About The Workouts
When you’re strength training, it’s important that you look at the bigger picture. It’s not just about putting in the hard hours, it’s about getting adequate rest, recovery and enough protein.

Unless you’re an Olympic weightlifter, one session for each major compound lift – such as back squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and rows – supported by the correct assistance work like lunges is probably enough.

Doing back squats three or more times a week at high intensity can lead to overtraining, which in turn can lead to demotivation or, worse, injury. Work hard, but rest well!

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