Worst Workout Mistakes You've Ever Made?

Worst Workout Mistakes You've Ever Made?

What's the worst training mistake you've ever made? Please share your stories and thoughts in the comments section below. We want to hear them.

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Mikal Chancy - January 11, 2019

My biggest workout mistake was focusing on putting up bigger numbers to impress people in the gym. Once I realized that I was not even doing the lifts correctly and my mobility was compromised I had to retrain my muscles to do everything properly. I spent over a year trying to make up for taking the shortcuts to get back to where I “thought” I was.

Sean Curry - January 11, 2019

The biggest mistake I have made in my training history is focusing solely on numbers. Whether it be that number on the scale, or the amount of weight/number of reps I was doing (especially for the big three – squat, bench, deadlift), I would be transfixed on hitting that number no matter the poor health outcome or awful form used to get there. Yes it is important to progress, but a number is not the only form of progression I learned.

Jo Desroses - January 11, 2019

My biggest mistake was to not have had educate myself properly at a time (16 year old) when i had the time and all the motivation in the world to train. I just did not understood the difference betteween each training principles and technics. As a result…i got fit but i did not start to reach my goals intill i did took the time to educate myself at 22. Today…i am a phys ed teacher…personal trainer…nutrition consultant…with the goal of educating kids…teens…young and older adults of reaching there goals by giving the knowledge that i lacked at the time.

TopRamen - January 11, 2019

Going too heavy too often and overall training too hard. It was just over destruction and sometimes led to injuries. My body couldn’t repair the damage and make improvements and I plateaued. I was eating more than enough carbs, fats, and protein to recover from many different “good” sources. I scaled back my workouts, crushing some lifts while maybe even cutting others regularly in my routine out. I recovered faster and that meant I could train that body part again sooner. It’s like Ed Coan says “A little progress over a long period of time is a lot.” Focus on recovery and not getting injured is my biggest advice.

Wees H - January 11, 2019

My biggest mistake is to stop working out for 4 years, my full body got changed from been fitted to super fat. I had to work hard for 2 years to loss the 60 KG I added when I stopped working out. Now I’m 36 works out 4 to 5 days a week and will never stop until I die!

Todd Gusta - January 11, 2019

Muscular imbalance throughout my whole body, my left pec and front delt are overdeveloped which makes my left tricep less developed, opposite for my right side my left pec and front delt are lagging but it’s also my dominant arm and more functional so it’s more developed. My left front side of my core is more developed than my left back side of my core, and my right back side of my core is more developed than my right front side of my core, it’s all connected

Jarratt Waters - January 11, 2019

Honestly, it was watching bench press fail videos. I became scared of the weight and the bar. This set me back months of training.

Mike Justin - January 11, 2019

A couple mistakes I’ve made while training are 1) going all-out doing HIIT sprints after a long break. I wait until spring/summer for outside cardio and it’s hard for me to build back up to certain levels, but when you wake up the next day and you can’t move you gotta kinda say to yourself, ‘I gotta start small’! Another mistake was about nine years ago after my abdominoplasty; within two days after the operation I was down in my basement on my treadmill while my stomach was still wrapped up. Know when you have to rest and recover! Last mistake was trying to go too heavy on weight training without first building mind-muscle connection. Many a time I’ve actually gone to square one and done super light weight (sometimes just the barbell) when doing front squats and back squats, then building up, feeling the contractions, getting better depth and activation. Sometimes it’s also a good idea to dedicate a entire session to core strengthening and core stability moves, because they’re super helpful with correcting muscle imbalances and opening neuromuscular pathways.

Damon Harrison - January 11, 2019

The biggest mistake I ever made was stopping. My daughter was born with complications and spent the first 3 months of her life in the hospital and during that time, I was having to drive a little over an hour to the hospital from home and work, which meant I wasn’t able to train and eat right like I should. It became a habit after a while and I quit training all together. I blew up and got my health all out of whack! Back In February, I was told I was pre-diabetic and that lit a fire back under me. I started training and happen to find Marc Lobliner on YouTube and started watch his videos and pulled up the Tiger Fitness website and well, with the fire lit under me and MTS supplements in me, I am becoming the best version of me ever. I know this is more like a testimony, but it’s my story and I’m happy to share it with you. I am down about 75 lbs since February 2017. Thanks to you all and hard work.

Cole Mack - January 11, 2019

My biggest mistake early on was doing tons of volume with no foundation of strength and form while also not eating enough. Everything just hurt all of the time and injuries got worse. I change training variables now and keep the big 3 in any program i build. Not to mention learning how to eat to get huge.

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