At TS Fitness, we want you to get stronger both physically and mentally. One of the best ways to do that is through strength training with dumbbells, kettlebells, trap bars, and barbells. Even if getting stronger isn’t your main goal, strength is helpful for preventing injuries and makes life outside the gym a little easier (aka lifting and moving heavy things).
We’d like to make your strength training journey as simple and effective as possible. With that being said, here are 4 of the most common mistakes people make when they train for strength.
Going Too Hard
If you don’t push yourself in the gym, your results might not come very quickly. However, if you push yourself too hard you can get injured or lose motivation (burnout). In the long run, it’s better to take things a little easier than be forced to take time off from injury or lack of motivation. As you get stronger, pay attention to your body. If you get aches and pains or dread going to the gym, lighten things up.
Doing Too Many Reps
Our programs are designed to get you stronger by limiting the number of reps you do on certain exercises. As you progress through the program, you’ll start to see more and more limited rep counts. That’s because you have to lift heavier weights to get stronger, and the best way to do that is by limiting your reps to 10 or fewer. By doing fewer reps, you save more energy to push harder and lift more weight.
Not Eating Enough
If your goal is to lose weight, you probably want to cut down on calories. However, eating too little can cause your strength gains to slow down or halt. If you feel sluggish or if you’re not making progress, try eating a little more to fuel your body for the workouts. For strength training, carbohydrates are your friend 🙂
Being Afraid Of Heavy Weights
Part of the mental benefit of strength training is seeing that your body is capable of more than you thought. Everyone can become stronger than they are right now, as long as they train properly. Your coaches will help you select the appropriate weight and keep your form in check to avoid injury. Still, there will be moments when you’re afraid of bigger weights. That’s totally normal. As long as you focus on using correct form and make reasonable increases in weight, injuries are very unlikely. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and try a heavier weight to find out what you’re truly capable of.