If you’d like to start hitting the gym to get a stronger, sexier physique, you’re not alone. Going to the gym can be daunting, however, if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re just starting out a new exercise routine, you’ll want to maximize results during every workout.

You can help ensure you’re getting the most out of your routine–and not hurting yourself–by avoiding these top 5 common workout mistakes.

Poor Technique

Workout Mistakes Men Make

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Many men who head to the gym think they can figure out exercises on their own or feel like they don’t need a trainer (insert joke about men never asking for directions). Unfortunately, most people don’t know as much as they think they do, and often perform exercises incorrectly, or use improper form.

This not only reduces the effectiveness of each exercise, it can lead to pain and serious injury. When it comes to pain during an exercise, that saying “no pain, no gain” does not apply!

Skipping the Warming Up

Stretching and warming up help to avoid pulled muscles, get the blood flowing, and get you prepared for your workout. You should aim for 5-10 minute of stretching prior to every workout. Challenge your muscles to increase blood flow and flexibility, but don’t stretch your muscles to their limit.

Working Out in the Wrong Order

Doing cardio to warm up might seem logical, but it’s actually more effective to do your weight-lifting first. Your muscles won’t be fatigued by the time you hit the weights, and you’ll still get the fat burning and heart healthy benefits from cardio.

Not Getting Proper Nutrition and Hydration

Hydration during your workout is very important, and you should also aim for a protein/carb combo following your workout to help build muscles and help them recover. Staying hydrated before and after workouts is vital to help you perform better during workouts.

Overcompensating/Overexerting

Working out regularly is the best way to get in shape. You don’t have to do extremely long sessions to reap the benefits. In fact, it’s actually better for your body when you to do less, but more often, than taking a big length of time between sessions and pushing yourself too far when you do go to the gym.

You’ll help avoid injury and fatigue if your pace is steady and manageable. Studies have recently shown that short bursts of intensity actually make a bigger difference than a long, high intensity workout.

Exercise & Gynecomastia

If you’re exercising to try and get rid of gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), you may be out of luck. While pseudogynecomastia can occur due to obesity, true gynecomastia cannot be resolved through exercise.

In fact, building up the pectoral muscles during exercise can actually make the condition more prominent and noticeable. If you’re embarrassed by the way your chest looks, the only effective gynecomastia treatment is surgery.

Seek Advice from the Experts

Just as you wouldn’t go to a trainer with substandard fitness knowledge, don’t go to a surgeon who lacks expertise, training, and experience in performing gynecomastia surgery. Our Manhattan and Long Island surgeons are experts in this life changing procedure, which involves liposuction of the fatty tissue and excision of breast glands where needed.

If you’d like to learn more about male breast reduction surgery in NYC or Long Island, contact our gynecomastia facilities to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

 

Sources:

http://www.askmen.com/top_10/fitness/top-10-common-workout-mistakes.html

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/5-common-exercise-mistakes-men-make.html#b

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/6-not-so-obvious-newbie-training-mistakes?page=6

*Always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any workout or exercise routine.